Friday, September 26, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Fall is time for open studio tours. Among those coming up: OpenArts Open Studios Fall Artist Tour, Boulder, Colorado, October 4-5 and October 11-12; Grass Valley (California) Center for the Arts, Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour, October 4-5 and October 11-12; Arts Council Santa Cruz (California), Open Studios Art Tour, October 4-5 (North and South County) and October 18-19 (Encore); Vermont Craft Council Open Studio Weekend, October 4-5; Cape Ann (Massachusetts) Artisans 2014 Tour, October 11-13; Arts Obispo (San Luis Obispo, California) Open Studios Art Tour, October 11-12 and October 18-19; Portland (Oregon) Open Studios Tour, October 11-12 and October 18-19; High Line Open Studios, Chelsea, New York City, October 17-19; 2014 SF Open Studios, October 11-12 through November 9, San Francisco, California; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, October 11-12 (West) and October 25-26 (East); Berkeley Springs (West Virginia) Studio Tour, October 25-26; and Tucson (Arizona) Pima Arts Council Open Studio Tour, November 8-9.

✦ The International Center of Photography, New York City, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., are partnering to offer digital access to their Roman Vishniac archive, which the ICP describes as "the most extensive photographic record, by any single photographer, of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust." Vishniac documented East European Jewish life from 1935 to 1938. The digital archive will make nearly 10,000 of Vishniac's negatives available; earlier, the published images numbered only about 350.

The Roman Vishniac Collection: Project Details and Photo Gallery (USHMM)

Last year, the ICP presented the exhibition "Roman Vishniac Rediscovered"; read the ICP press release and view the virtual exhibit.

✦ Grey Art Gallery at New York University has issued its first e-book: Modern Iranian Art: Selections from the Abby Weed Grey Collection at NYU. View and read it on the Web (no-cost pdf) or purchase a print-on-demand copy for $10.60 plus shipping. The exhibition for which the e-book was created bears the same title.

Grey Art Gallery on Facebook and Twitter

✦ My friend, painter Randall David Tipton, is included in Lynne Cunningham's  Nature in the Abstract: Inspirations and Techniques for Painting in Acrylic and Mixed Media (August 2014). The step-by-step guidebook with more than 100 images is available through Cunningham's Website.

✦ If you are an artist uncertain about how to price your work, this article from ArtBusiness, "Quantifying Creativity", might help.

✦ Below is a trailer of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival this past January and was screened at the New York City Documentary Fortnight Festival at MoMA and, most recently (August 27 - September 9), at the Film Forum in New York City. The documentary by Thomas Allen Harris examines how "black photographers have used the camera to define themselves, their people and their culture" while white photographers have used it, historically, to portray racist imagery. Work of a long list of photographers is considered.

Read Craig Hubert's feature "'Through a Lens Darkly' at Film Forum", Blouin ArtInfo, August 26, 2014.

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Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec continues on view through March 22, 2015. Read "The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters" for information about the show and the availability of the catalogue of the same name (a sample from the catalogue is available to download).

✭ Today is the opening for "Lie Quietly: New Works of Karen Green" at The University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. Work by Green, also a much-lauded writer (Bough Down), will be on view through December 10.

View Karen Green's artwork.

The Poetry Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts recently opened "Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection". On view through December 31, the exhibition features work by Edgar Degas, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Susan Rothenberg. Curated by Robert Storr, the exhibition, the first of its kind drawn from Leslie and Abigail Wexner's personal collection, is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Storr, Lisa Florman, and Diana Widmaier, all prominent in the art world. The Wexner has created a dedicated Website for the exhibition that includes presentations on the artists represented and their artistic techniques.

Catalogue Cover

Wexner Center for the Arts on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo

✭ In Arizona, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art opens on September 28 "Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns". Described as "the first major survey of a generation of artists working in the violent and uncertain decade following the 9/11 terrorist attacks", the exhibition, which will be on view through January 11, 2015, examines themes of secrecy and disclosure, violence, power, surveillance, subterfuge, geography, the visible, and the hidden. Among the 13 multidisciplinary artist and collaboratives whose work is featured are the late Ahmed Basiony* of Egypt, Thomas Demand of Germany, and Jenny Holzer and Trevor Paglen of the United States. A catalogue will be available. A symposium is scheduled for November 22.

*Ahmed Basiony died January 28, 2011, after being shot in Tahrir Square by Egyptian police snipers.

SMCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ "Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals" goes on view at Harvard Art Museums on November 16. The exhibition in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which will continue through July 26, 2015, offers a look at abstract paintings the university commissioned from Rothko for the dining room of the penthouse at Holyoke Center. Five of six huge panels Rothko made in 1961-1962 were hung but subsequently deteriorated from exposure to light; one was removed in 1974 and those remaining were removed and put in storage in 1979. The exhibition not only includes the original six as they have been conserved but also features more than 30 of Rothko's studies on paper and canvas. According to a press release, the HAM worked with MIT's Media Lab to create "noninvasive" digital projection technology that "recapture[s] the original hues" of the faded paintings. The show marks the first time both paintings and studies will be presented together. A variety of related programs is scheduled.

Read Francesca Annicchiarico's article "Rarely Seen Rothkos Highlight Harvard Art Museums' Reopening", Harvard Magazine, May 20, 2014, or Geoff Edgers's feature "Harvard's Rothko Murals to Be Seen in New Light", Boston Globe, May 20, 2014. Also of interest: Colleen Walsh's feature "A Light Touch for Rothko Murals", Harvard News, May 20, 2014.

Harvard Art Museums on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

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