Friday, August 9, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Modern art is the inspiration for Caitlin Freeman's Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art (Ten Speed Press, 2013). A cake a la Mondrian graces the cover; inside, you'll find Kahlo Wedding Cookies, Lictenstein Cake, and Diebenkorn Trifle, a Warhol Gelee, a Kelly Fudge Pop, and a Matisse Parfait. Oh, go ahead, and impress yourself with your baking abilities! 

Freeman, a self-taught baker, was owner of Miette, a San Francisco cake and sweets shop. She sold the shop in 2008 and began a pastry program at Blue Bottle Coffee Co. She is co-author of The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee.

✦ Self-taught "eco artist" William Alburger, whose solo summer show at Northern Virginia's Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) concludes tomorrow, lets the beauty of wood shine through in his functional sculptural objects fashioned from reclaimed and repurposed fallen trees and salvaged barn boards. One look at the eye-catching work in his online gallery is evidence enough of his inventive approach to "creating green".

William Alburger on FaceBook

✦ Washington, D.C., artist Julia Bloom, also exhibited in a solo show at GRACE, creates beautiful forms with nothing more than foraged sticks and wire. I'm particularly taken with her graceful figurative sculptures, which she invests with a mysterious sense of movement.

✦ Don't miss this wonderful video interview, "Ed Hall - The Collection Banners", in which Ed Hall talks about his work and his commission for the British Council Visual Arts Department. Hall created two pictorial banners to celebrate the British Council Collection.

British Council on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✦ Today's feature video is about Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair, who at age 97 has been given her first major museum exhibition at Tate Modern. Her abstract and figurative sculptures, textiles, and paintings are a revelation. (My thanks to Art of the Mideast for highlighting the link to the Tate video.) The Tate's show of more than 100 works continues through October 20. Don't miss it if you're abroad this summer or fall.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ A series of molded hand-made paper images by Ellsworth Kelly, who turned 90 on May 31, is on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., through December 1. The exhibition comprises 23 prints, all from the museum's own collection.

Robert Storr, Jean-Pierre Criqui, Christopher Bedford, and Tricia Y. Palik, Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety, 2013 (This catalogue accompanied the exhibition earlier this year at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City.)

Selection of Images of Works of Art

✭ A retrospective, "Ellsworth Kelly: Prints", drawn from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland, Oregon, is on view through September 8 at Detroit Institute of Arts.

DIA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The first solo exhibition in D.C. of Kerry James Marshall's paintings and works on paper, including preparatory drawings, continues through December 7 at the National Gallery of Art. Marshall, who exhibits internationally, has achieved considerable renown. He is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and MacArthur Foundation grants and his art has been featured in Documenta 10 (1997) and Documenta 12 (2007), the Whitney Biennial (1997), Carnegie International Exhibition (1999-2000), and Venice Biennale (2003). Marshall lives and works in Chicago.

Marshall's work, which addresses African-American culture and history, can be seen in the East Building's Tower. Among its highlights are Marshall's Great America (1994), The Gulf Stream (2003), In Bang (1994), and Our Town (1995).

Earlier this year, Marshall's Garden of Delights was in "Garden of Delights" at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. See "Artist Kerry James Marshall Creates 'Garden of Delights' at CAM", St. Louis Public Radio, May 31, 2013. Audio with Marshall is available at the link.

Kerry James Marshall at Art21 (Video Available),  Jack Shainman Gallery, and Koplin Del Rio

✭ In Greenwich, Connecticut, the Bruce Museum is presenting "Revised and Restored: The Art of Kathleen Gilje". On view through September 8, the exhibition features Gilje's witty (and highly skilled) reinterpretations of and satirical commentaries on famous Old Master and 19th Century paintings. An illustrated catalogue including an interview with the artist accompanies the show.

Exhibition Images

Bruce Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The Washington, D.C.-based Textile Museum is displaying historical artworks, including batiks from Indonesia and ikats and brocades from Laos, with the work of four contemporary textile artists and designers in "Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains", on view through October 13. The participating contemporary artists are Nia Fliam, Agus Ismoyo (Fliam's husband), and Vernal Bogren Swift, each of whom creates batiks, and Carol Cassidy, a weaver. This is gorgeous work!

This show is the museum's last at its Dupont Circle location. In 2014, the museum will reopen in its new space on George Washington University's main campus in Foggy Bottom. Information about the affiliation with GWU is here.

Selection of Exhibition Images

The Textile Museum on FaceBookTwitter, and Tumblr

✭ Textile enthusiasts won't want to miss Denver Art Museum's "Spun: Adventures in Textiles", continuing through September 22. Here, the perspective on textiles is wide-ranging, including pre-Columbian weavings, Navajo blankets, and clothing in art and photography, and it will take you more than a single visit to take it all in. A campus-wide event celebrating the museum's renovated textile art galleries, "Spun" in fact comprises 10 exhibitions: "Cover Story", "Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870", "Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag", "Material World", "Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007-2012", "Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art", "Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keita", "Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition", "Western Duds", and "Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia". 

The museum is offering an extensive list of related program events and activities as well, including a drop-in Quilt Studio with artist demos, a Pop-Up Dye Garden, and "soundsuits" by Nick Cave ("Nick Cave: Sojourn"). A "Spun Community Quilt" also is in the works.

Denver Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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