Friday, May 17, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ You'll find some of the most interesting art-related features anywhere on Global Museum.

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✦ If you can't get to Canada to visit the country's many wonderful museums, do the next best thing: browse the Virtual Museum of Canada, which offers more than a million images and access to hundreds of virtual exhibits.

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✦ Browse the Web long enough and you'll find there's a museum, physical and virtual, for the strange, the wonderful, and everything in between. Among some recent finds that stretch our most common definitions of art: the nonprofit Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, which has a collection of more than 500 carved wooden birds representing more than 250 species; the Wooden Nickel Historical Museum, San Antonio, Texas, boasting a collection of more than 1 million wooden nickels; the Museum of Anti-Alcohol Posters, a collection of Soviet propaganda; The Toaster Museum, currently owned by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan; the fascinating Virtual Museum of Bacteria; and Devices of Wonder from Getty Exhibitions.

✦ Earlier this year Design Sponge spotlighted 25 papercut artists you should know about. Fabulous work!

✦ A subscription to Marquis Biographies Online gives you access to Who's Who in American Art and other biographies in Marquis print titles that have been digitized.

✦ The portrait of Van Gogh you'll see in the video below is by multimedia artist Phil Hansen, who drew it in permanent marker using words from more than 1,000 individual stories "about an experience that shocked or caused disbelief". 

You'll find many more art projects on Hansen's Phil in the Circle. Also visit his site Phil in the Whaaat?, where Hansen espouses his "everyday creativity". Hansen, who is the author of Tattoo a Banana (Perigee Trade, 2012), spoke earlier this year at the TED 2013 conference "The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered."

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Exhibitions Here and There

✭ A retrospective of the cross-disciplinary work of Jay DeFeo (1929-1989), part of the Beat movement, continues at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, through June 2. DeFeo's amazing painting The Rose (1958-1966), subject of Jay DeFeo and The Rose by Jane Green and Leah Levy (University of California Press and Whitney Museum, 2003), is included in the exhibition with more than 150 other artworks, including collages, drawings, paintings, photographs, small sculptures, and jewelry. Don't miss online Slideshow: Installing The Rose, a massive work weighing almost one ton. A catalogue, Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, accompanies the show. (This exhibition previously was at the San Francisco Museum of Art.)

Here's a brief video about the exhibition:

Online Gallery of DeFeo's Paintings, Works on Paper, Photographs

Read Holland Cotter's informative article "Not Just 'The Rose', but Also the Garden", The New York Times, February 28, 2013, and John Yau's "'The Rose' Is Not a Rose", Hyperallergic, January 6, 2013.

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✭ Continuing through June 30 at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is the two-shows-in-one "Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas and Gina Pane". In addition to examining the complementary aspects of the conceptual work of these multidisciplinary artists (performance art, sculpture, drawings, installations, film, video), the exhibition looks specifically at their differences. Jonas's video installation Reading Dante III (2010) is included in the show, which presents a comprehensive selection of Pane's work. An illustrated catalogue is available.

On Reading Dante, Video, Venice Biennale 2009: Joan Jonas (The work features sculptural elements as well as performance, film, and drawings.)

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✭ In Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum is presenting through July an exhibition of the White-Line Prints by Japanese master printmaker Yoshida Toshi (1911-1995). The seven serene woodblock prints primarily depict Zen-temple gardens. What distinguishes these beautiful landscapes is Toshi's use of white lines rather than traditional black outlines. 

Images of Tenryu-ji Garden (1963), Stone Garden (1963), and Two Lanterns (1964)

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Jeffrey Gibson's paintings on stretched animal hides and sculptures using hide wrapped around cinderblock are on view through July 14 at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. The Western-trained Native American artist (Choctaw-Cherokee) combines traditional craft motifs and materials with geometric abstraction and urban building materials to underscore the bridging of two cultures and to depict cultural life, beliefs, and criticisms. Selections of work from 2010 to now may be viewed at Jeffrey Gibson Studio.

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✭ More than 130 drawings and prints, select paintings, and photographs will be on view beginning June 22 in "Undressed: The Fashion of Privacy" at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, which will continue through September 29, is a companion to "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" and explores representations of informal dress and undress in intimate, personal situations as depicted in late 18th Century to mid-20th Century artworks by, among other artists, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Edouard Manet, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cezanne, Edvard Munch, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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