Friday, April 12, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Instructor-guided fine art classes and online tutorials are available through Artists Network University, the online education program from North Light Books and other fine art how-to brands functioning under the umbrella The Artist's Network. Some art seminars online are free. Also available are opportunities for professional art critiques. (My thanks to Susan Cornelis for the link.)

✦ American Roni Horn was awarded the prestigious 2013 Joan Miro Prize at the end of January. In addition to receiving a large monetary award, Horn has been invited to exhibit in 2014 at Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona and CaixaForum in Madrid. For good introductory information about Horn, see Art21Hauser & Wirth, and Hirshhorn Museum. Horn's art, which encompasses sculpture, photography, drawing, artist books, sound works, and installations, explores ideas about identity, memory, perception, and place; nature, language, and poetry (see her White Dickinson series) are among her influences. 

✦ In this fun tribute to Alexander Calder, Swedish photographer and filmmaker Carl Kleiner and Evelina Kleiner, his wife who is a set designer, use variety of foods (marshmallows, eggs, popcorn) to create their mobiles.

Alexander Calder: American Legend on

See some of Kleiner's still lifes with food here and here.

✦ How many of these art films and documentaries have you seen?

✦ Prepare to be awed: these marvelous sculptures are made from wood chips. (My thanks to the American Craft Council for the link.)

Shahzia Sikander, a marvelous printmaker and painter of Indian and Persian miniatures who was awarded an inaugural U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts as part of the Art in Embassies program's 50th anniversary, is moving into video animation. In the interview below, produced for the Art21 Exclusive series, Sikander discusses making The Last Post (2010); animation, she says, is a natural next-step in her studio process. Given her layered, wonderfully narrative drawings that address such subjects as cultural identity, power, and memory, I'm excited to see how far Sikander might push this medium.

Through June 1, The Last Post is available to view by appointment in the private exhibition space of Linda Pace Foundation; at the link you'll find a video excerpt of the animation, which takes as its subject the colonial history of the Indian Subcontinent and the British opium trade with China. Included in the exhibition is one of Sikander's large works on paper, Walled States (2011). Go here to read an interview with Sikander, who talks in some detail about how she works, what media she uses, and what  she seeks to do when making art. It's an informative, insightful discussion.

Shahzia Sikander Prints at Crown Point Press

Shahzia Sikander at Sikkema Jenkins

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The "Painter Painter" exhibit, surveying "emergent developments in abstract painting and studio practice", continues through October 27 at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group show features new work by 15 artists from the United States and Europe: Matt Connors, Sarah Crowner, Fergus Feehily, Jay Heikes, Rosy Keyser, Charles Mayton, Dianna Molzan, Joseph Montgomery, Katy Moran, Alex Olson, Scott Olson, Zak Prekop, Dominik Sittig, Lesley Vance, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

In a complementary online series called "Studio Sessions", participating artists discuss an open-ended question about their work in and out of the studio. 

Walker Art Center on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ New York City's Japan Society continues through June 9 "Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints". The exhibition contrasts ukiyo-e prints from Hokusai, Hiroshige, and other masters with works by contemporary artists inspired or influenced by the former's example. 

Japan Society on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is presenting work by Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz, Thomas Demand, and 25 other international artists as part of "More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness", on view through June 9. Organized in collaboration with SITE Santa Fe, the exhibition seeks to examine artists' conceptions of how our understanding and experience of reality is shaped. A fully illustrated catalogue of essays that examine the concept of reality in science and technology, cinema, art, and history and that includes biographical profiles of the artists is available. 

Tickets are required to view the exhibition.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

The Bubbler, MIA Blog

✭ Celebrating the long history of lithography in San Antonio, Texas, McNay Art Museum has mounted "Printed in San Antonio", drawing from its own collection of prints. Included in the exhibition, which runs through May 12, are works by Mary Bonner (plus one of Bonner's rare copper etching plates), Bill Reily, Nate Cassie, Janet Flohr, John Lee, Kent Rush, Ethel Shipton, and Vincent Valdez, among others. Some of the prints are recent acquisitions and are being shown for the first time.

Exhibition Review in ART Magazine

The McNay on FaceBook and Twitter

1 comment:

D.M. SOLIS said...

Well, heck, now I wish my father had not discouraged me from playing (serious play) with my food. And I have several quail eggs I usually secure on colored mat board in formal is time to let them float.

Thank you, as ever, for the inspiration here.