Friday, February 14, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ I came across the marvelous work of award-winning Brooklyn-born Gail LeBoff via information about the recently concluded exhibition "Tweet" at the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York City. LeBoff's The Marriage of Trees, comprising archival inks on canvas, is just one example of her fascinating and narratively rich photography. One look at any of her pieces is not enough.

✦ New York sculptor, painter, and installation artist Sarah Hardesty repurposes debris, such as discarded wood, to wonderful effect. Her drawings and paintings are beautiful and deeply thought-provoking. In this video for The Wassaic Project she talks about her work, which, she says in her Artist Statement, seeks "to establish a presence of nature and its connection to the eroding of time."

✦ The metro card collages of Nina Boesch are delightful! Boesch has been creating the collages, comprising cut-up pieces of used and expired New York City subway tickets, for more than a decade. According to her Website, a single collage — all are one-of-a-kind — can require up to 5,000 individual pieces of paper. Boesch accepts custom orders.

✦ Alain de Botton and co-author John Armstrong have published Art as Therapy (Phaidon Press, October 2013), a look at how the visual arts can be therapeutic. The Guardian published last month a selection from the book covering, among other artworks, Monet's Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899), Sydney Tully's The Twilight of Life (1894), and Richard Serra's Fernando Pessoa (2007-08).

✦ Today's video presents the charming work of illustrator and conservationist Charley Harper.

Exhibitions Here and There

Nevada Museum of Art continues through March 9 its exhibition "Emilie Clark: Sweet Corruptions", a series of mixed-media installations, watercolors, paintings, and texts "informed by the history of science and natural history", in particular the work of sanitary chemist, home economics founder (in the U.S.), and MIT professor Ellen H. Richards (1842-1911); the show traveled from Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, where Clark was a 2013 artist in residence. Included in the exhibition is an interactive Research Station, a sculpture comprising an audio piece, specimens, a dissecting microscope, and terraria. A catalogue is available.

The widely exhibited and honored Clark collaborates often with scientists and poets. 

NMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of Women in the Arts is honoring artist Judy Chicago in "Judy Chicago: Circa '75", on view through April 13. On the occasion of Chicago's 75th birthday (can she really be 75?!), NMWA presents 13 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed-media works, including a painting from the series Pasadena Lifesavers (1969-70). On Sunday, March 2, the museum hosts "Artist Conversation: Judy Chicago and Jane Gerhard in Dialogue", 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., followed by a book sale and signing. (Gerhard's new book is The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007 (University of Georgia Press, June 2013) and Chicago's new book is Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education (The Monacelli Press, March 2014). Reservations are required ( 

NMWA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Painter Josie Vargas's brilliantly hued watercolors, inspired by the flora of Puerto Rico, as well as Mexico and locations at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, are being shown at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The exhibition, "Fiesta: Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico", is on view through May 11.

Image Above to Right: La Fiesta, Watercolors on Arches Paper. 

Other Josie Vargas Florals and Tropicals

Springfield Museums on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Recently opened at Pittsburgh Glass Center and running through April 20: "Halfway to Somewhere", a show of work by 2013 resident artists Granite Calimpong and Brent Rogers, both Seattle residents. Calimpong, emphasizing form and surface, mostly creates blown, cold-worked glass; Rogers conveys his concepts via imagery, lamination, and painting on  glass. Biographical information and Artist Statements are available at the link. 

PGC on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The multi-media installation Transgressions II (2009) by contemporary artist Nalini Malani, who lives and works in Mumbai, India, will go on view on February 19 at Asia Society Museum, New York City. Running through August 3, the artist's first solo museum exhibition in New York in more than a decade, "Nalini Malani: Transgressions", also will present a selection of Malani's artist books. 

Malani is the recipient of the 2013 Fukuoka Prize in arts and culture (read profile). Last year she enjoyed solo exhibitions at Galerie Lelong in New York and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. She is a brilliant and fascinating artist.

See Malani's paintings and other work at her Website.

Nalini Malani at Galerie LeLong

Asia Society Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

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