Friday, June 28, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ First published in 1989, the quarterly Raw Vision magazine is the only international journal of so-called "outsider art", work by largely untrained, unschooled, and uninfluenced artists who invent their own forms and techniques to express their creativity. Raw Vision recently released an updated version of the Outsider Art Sourcebook; see a preview here.

Raw Vision on FaceBook

✦ Discover the lovely work of artist Wilma Wagenaar, who organizes painting retreats in monasteries in Belgium and the Netherlands and is an art lecturer and teacher. Of special note: her "SeeYou" project, begun in 2009.

✦ Sculptor, videographer, and collagist Kurt Perschke describes his delightful RedBall Project as "open[ing] a doorway to imagine what if?" He uses, simply enough, a huge red ball to spark imagination and get people all over the world to engage in creative experiences. The witty artist has taken his project to Chicago, St. Louis, Paris, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Taipei, Barcelona, and a number of other cities, all of which he first visited to make drawings and studies of potential sites, ranging from sidewalks and roadways to bridges and bus stops. See videos of some of the locations where RedBall has appeared. In the short below, Perschke talks about RedBall's origins:

RedBall Project on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

✦ Those who appreciate outsider art will enjoy the online images of The Anthony Petullo Collection. Also provided are excellent brief profiles of the artists. Check the site periodically for its interesting online exhibitions. Petullo donated more than 300 drawings, paintings, and sculptures from his collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

✦ If you've ever seen Ron Mueck's "human" sculptures up close, you know how extraordinary they are. Some of the Australian artist's new sculptures went on display earlier this year at Paris's Cartier Foundation for Modern Art. The solo exhibition of nine works, which includes three new sculptures, continues through September 29. (Additional content, including videos, is available at the link for the exhibition.)

Also see Gautier Deblonde's photographs of Mueck's London studio. Deblonde's film about the artist's creation of three sculptures made especially for the exhibition is being shown at the Foundation. Mueck's book Boy (Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 2002) features Deblonde's images of Mueck's creation for London's Millennium Dome.

Here's a brief video showing Ron Mueck at work:

Ron Mueck at James Cohan Gallery

Exhibitions Here and There

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York has put on view a selection from its more than 50,000-item Hip Hop Collection. Running through February 4, 2014, "The Hip Hop Collection Exhibition" at Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Carl A. Kroch Library, includes rare and classic vinyl records, photographs, event flyers with artwork by "The King of the Flyer" Buddy Esquire, early live performance recordings, audio of interviews, production notes from Charlie Ahearn's "Wild Style" (1983), the first feature film about hip-hop culture; artwork, and ephemera, plus unique artifacts loaned for the exhibit by artists, collectors, and hip hop supporters. The show is part of an Ithaca community-wide celebration "Hip Hop: Unbound from the Underground", marking 40 years of hip-hop culture.

Cornell University Hip Hop Collection on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ New York City's Drawing Center, in Soho, commissioned British artist Terry Smith to create Capital Revisited, a series of wall and window drawings that reference Smith's Capital created at the British Museum in 1995. Smith's site-specific work was presented in May as part of IDEAS CITY 2013, a biennial street festival during which Smith engaged with the public in creating drawings of capitals using stencils, spray paint, cryon, and pencil. A related exhibition, "Terry Smith: Document", which opened June 19 and is on view through August 18 at The Drawing Center, highlights photographs, drawings, film, and notebook sketches from Smith's project. 

Smith is co-founder of workinprogress and a founding member of Humanrights TV. He also is involved with The Experimental Art School, which went live in January 2012.

The Drawing Center on FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest

The Bottom Line, The Drawing Center Blog

✭ A survey comprising 65 Ken Price (1935-2012) drawings, "Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962-2010", also is on view at The Drawing Center until August 18. The first such exhibition for Price, known for his sculpture, showcases the artist's techniques and wide-ranging subject matter. The show travels to Buffalo's Knox Art Gallery in September and next year will appear in Taos at Harwood Museum of Art. An illustrated 168-page edition for the Drawing Papers series will accompany the exhibition.

Ken Price, Liquid Rock, 2004
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
17-3/4" x 13-7/8"
Estate of Ken Price
Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

A related show, "Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective", is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 22; it includes 62 sculptures from 1959 to 2012 and 11 late works on paper. A catalogue is available. Here's a video about that exhibition:

SITE Santa Fe is presenting from July 13 to October 13 "Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Pearl", for which Martinez Celaya (b. 1964), a physicist as well as an artist, will use 15,000 square feet of gallery space to create an installation that includes his large and small paintings, sculptures, video, waterworks, and "olfactory interventions". The exhibition is describes as a multi-sensory environment that serves as an extended metaphor on the concept of home as destination and point of departure. Martinez Celaya has collaborated with Santa Fe's Radius Books to produce an exhibition-related artist's book.

Christian Williams made a film about the artist in 2009; see Making Art here.

Enrique Martinez Celaya on FaceBook and at L.A. Louver Gallery

Whale & Star Press, Miami, Founded by Martinez Celaya in 1998

SITE Santa Fe on FaceBook and Twitter

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