Friday, March 28, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ New York-based Samantha Keely Smith paints a fluid, sweeping line that contrasts with the soft and ethereal qualities of her abstracts. See her recent work. I especially like Alibi, Hearken, and the gorgeous Loom.

✦ Recently I came across the work of Lorser Feitelson who, with Helen Lundeberg, founded the movement known as Post Surrealism (or Subjective Classicism). Louis Stern Fine Arts of Los Angeles is the exclusive representative of Feitelson's and Lundeberg's estates (they were husband and wife) and is preparing a catalogue raisonne of Feitelson's work. I am most taken with the artists' abstract and minimalist compositions. Lundberg's paintings are beautiful. An exhibition "Helen Lundeberg / Lorser Feitelson and the Synergy of Geometric Abstraction" runs through May 10. This spring Louis Stern will publish former LA Times arts reporter Suzanne Muchnic's Helen Lundeberg - Poetry Space Silence and Diane Moran's Lorser Feitelson - Eternal Recurrence.

Helen Lundeberg: The Beginning of Post Surrealism (Video Excerpts from Documentary)

✦ These sculptural objects by Terry Border, a witty collection of which he titles "Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs, comprise paperback books, wire, and various materials; he bends the wire into posed positions that enable the pieces to become "living characters" that "tell a story". One of my favorites is Border's depiction of Bram Stoker's Dracula. (My thanks to Open Letters Monthly blog for the link to Border's Website.)

Terry Border on FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Vimeo

✦ Mara Light's oil paintings are studies of beauty.

✦ Today's video is the trailer for Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013), produced and directed by Amei Wallach. The documentary premiered last November at the Film Forum in New York City. The Kabakovs, now American citizens, are two of the most celebrated of Russia's artists.

Enter Here on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Prints and transfer drawings of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) are on view through June 8 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. The exhibition, "Gauguin: Metamorphoses" brings together an estimated 160 works, including 130 works on paper (wood reliefs, watercolor monotypes, transfer drawings) and approximately 30 related paintings and sculpture. Many are rare and lesser-known than Gauguin's famous paintings of the South Pacific. The show is the first major monographic exhibition on Gauguin at MoMa and the first major exhibition focused on the prints and drawings and their relationship to Gauguin's paintings and sculptures.

MoMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio, is presenting paintings, collages, and sculptures of Swiss artist H.A. Sigg in "Meditations: The Abstract Nature of H.A. Sigg". The exhibition, running through May 17. View the Exhibition Guide online.

MU Art Museum on FaceBook

✭ The first major American museum exhibition of Michelle Stuart since 1998 is on view through May 4 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. "Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature" is focused on Stuart's drawings and related works, approximately five dozen of which are being shown. The work dates from the late 1960s to today. A catalogue including an essay by Nancy Princethal and an interview with the artist accompanies the exhibition.

Catalogue Cover

SBMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Work by sculptor Tony Matelli is on view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. "Tony Matelli: New Gravity" is the first solo exhibition of Matelli at a U.S. museum. Presented on two floors and outdoors, the show features work from the last five years and new work created especially for the museum. One of the sculptures, which attracted a lot of attention, is a realistic figure clad only in underwear and sleepwalking. (Read Jaclyn Reiss's article "Q&A with Tony Matelli, Artist Behind Wellesley College's Scantily-clad Sleepwalking Statue",, February 6, 2014.)

A catalogue accompanies the show, which runs on one floor through May 11 and on another through July 20. Watch a lecture by Matelli, given on February 6, 2014.

Tony Matelli at The Green Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea

Tony Matelli on FaceBook

Davis Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ In Lowell, Massachusetts, the American Textile History Museum is presenting two exhibitions simultaneously under the umbrella name "Mill Works": "Flowers in the Factory" and "Inventing Lowell". Both continue through June 22. The former showcases the beautiful large-scale, translucent scrims of artist Deborah Baronas, who has studied and documented the cultural history and lives of textile mill workers and mill sites as depicted in paintings, textiles, archival materials, and installations.  The goal, says Baronas of "Flowers in the Factory" is to "bring life to these pictures [of mill workers] to tell the story of the experience and life in the mills." The latter, "Inventing Lowell", celebrates the factory town that Lowell was in the 19th Century, a planned manufacturing center for textiles that has continuously reinvented itself to accommodate a post-industrial economy. The curator of both exhibitions is Dave Unger.

Deborah Baronas, Scrim for "Flowers in the Factory" 

Deborah Baronas's The Mill Project

Lowell and Lawrence Textile Mills, Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library

Life in Lowell 1820-1880, Center for Lowell History, University of Massachusetts Lowell Library

ATHM on FaceBook and Twitter

Museum Blog

Notable Exhibitions Abroad

✭ More than 70 works by sculptor and video and installation artist Mona Hatoum have gone on view at Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. Described as the largest solo exhibition of the artist's work to date in the Arab World, covering three decades, "Mona Hatoum: Turbulence" features large room installations, kinetic installations, small works on paper, sculptural objects, photographs, and project documentation of early performance art. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which concludes May 18.

Mona Hatoum, Turbulence (Detail), 2012
Clear Glass Marbles, 4 x 400 x 400 cm
Photo: Stefan Rohner Courtesy Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Mona Hatoum at ICAMoMATate, and White Cube

"Domestic Insecurities - Mona Hatoum" at ArtAsiaPacific Magazine (2008)

The Mathaf on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i like looking into helen lundeberg and lorser feitelson.