Friday, February 7, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Egan, Minnesota, resident Joan Bohlig, whose artwork has been showcased in more than 100 one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, is an etcher, oil painter, collagist, and book illustrator. Her Etchings on Biblical Themes, begun in 1974, is a beautiful series and is represented in numerous public and private collections. Images of her etchings leave no doubt that she is a master of the medium. Some of her work may be purchased through ArtWay.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts has posted an informative and interesting explanation of the restoration and conservation of Max Beckmann's Blind Man's Buff, acquired by MIA in 1955. Begin with the introduction and then click on the individual segments, including The Conservation: Anatomy of a Painting, The Conservation: Condition Report, The Conservation: Infrared Light, The Conservation: The Tools of a Conservator, The Conservation: The Treatment Process, and The Conservation: What's Wrong with This Painting? A glossary also is provided. The painting is on view until March 1.

✦ Ceramist Tony Marsh creates unique and beautiful perforated vessels that fill with the ambient light of their environment. He describes the results as "addition by subtraction". In his Artist Statement, Marsh writes that he pierces the geometrically shaped vessels "as intensely as I am able and [covers] them with a surface that at times can glow...." Marsh was a juror of the 2013 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in the Republic of Korea.

Interview with Tony Marsh at Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans

✦ Brooklyn-based Jensine Eckwall, a 2012 Zankel Scholar, is a marvelous illustrator, as the images on her homepage show. Ekphrastic poets will find endless narratives in her work, which has appeared in The New York Times and Town and Country, among other periodicals, and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration.

Jensine Eckwall Illustration on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Take some time today to watch "Vermeer: Master of Light: The Music Lesson", which is Part 2 of a five-part series "Vermeer: Master of Light". I urge you to watch all five segment, which are a wonderful visual examination of what lies below the surface of the artwork.

Exhibitions Here and There

Payne Gallery at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is presenting "E.A.T., Experiments in Art and Technology 1960-2014" through February 28. Founded in the late 1960s by engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, E.A.T. sought to foster collaborations among artists and engineers.  Others with whom Kluver collaborated: artist Jasper Johns, dancer-choreographer Yvonne Rainer, composer Emmanuel Ghent, and interactive graphics pioneer Jerry Spivak.

The exhibition features a number of early collaborations between scientists and engineers from Bell Telephone Laboratories and artists such as Andy Warhol and John Cage, as well as Rauschenberg and Whitman.

Billy Kluver Obituary, The New York Times, January 13, 2004

✭ The visualization and drawing practices of avant-garde master chef Ferran Adria of Spain are the subject of "Ferran Adria: Notes on Creativity", on view at the Drawing Center, New York City, through February 28. Adria uses drawing to understand creativity and innovation in the kitchen, conceptualize new ways to cook food, and refine his intellectual and philosophical approaches to gastronomy as art.

Ferran Adria, Plating Diagram
Ink on Paper, 11" x 17"

The show will travel to ACE Gallery in Los Angeles (May 4 - July 31), MOCA Cleveland (September 16 - January 18, 2015), and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (September 17, 2015 - January 3, 2016).

Ferran Adria's BulliPedia, Video Preview (BulliPedia is described as "a creative archive that will organize and classify the body of knowledge of the history of cooking"; its aim is "to give creative stimulus to chefs around the world." See the video at elBullifoundation and at YouTube.)

Visualization of Recipes from elBUlli on Vimeo

Drawing Center on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Approximately 50 works by Eva Hesse (1936-1970) and Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), who enjoyed a long friendship, are on view in "Converging Lines" at Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. The exhibition, including sculptures and drawings as well as correspondence, points up the artists' influence on each other's life and art. A scholarly catalogue, which includes an interview with LeWitt on Hesse, accompanies the show, which runs through May 18. An interesting series of public programs complementing the exhibition is planned; among the events are a sneak peek at the documentary Tracing the Rope: Eva Hesse Life + Work by filmmakers Marcie Biegleter and Karen Shapiro, and a discussion by Boston Globe journalist Sebastian Smee about famous artistic friendships of the 20th Century.

Blanton Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Blanton Blog

✭ Opening March 8 at the Art Institute of Chicago is the first solo museum exhibition of work by Nilima Sheikh, who was born in pre-independent India in 1945 and lives in New Delhi. "Nilima Sheikh: Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams", on view through May 18, will present nine banners or scrolls, as well as two works created for the installation in Chicago, that reference Kashmiri folktales and history. The title is derived from a line in a poem by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali, whose work has inspired Sheikh. Over more than 50 years of artistic practice, Sheikh has not only painted; she also has illustrated children's books and designed theatre sets. She is the subject of Trace Retrace (Tulika Books, 2013).

Nilima Sheikh at The Arts Trust Magazine, Gallery Chemould, Lines of DescentSaffronArt

Slideshow of Nilima Sheikh Paintings at BBC's Your Paintings

ARTIC on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

ARTicle, ARTIC Blog

Notable Exhibitions Abroad

✭ The marvelous work of printmaker and miniaturist Waqas Khan, shortlisted for Jameel Prize 3, currently is on view through April 21 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Waqas Khan on Vimeo (Victoria and Albert Museum Video)

Jonathan Jones, "Waqas Khan: My Art Discovery of the Year", The Guardian, December 26, 2013

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