Friday, January 9, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Sculptor and installation artist Rena Detrixhe calls herself "a hunter and gatherer of materials" out of which she creates intricate and exquisite textile objects, such as a lace-like table cloth comprising thousands of seeds or, more recently, her Passages series. Currently, Detrixhe is in residency in the 2014-2015 Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program, Kanas City, Missouri.

✦ In December of the past year, I happened upon the exquisite jewelry by SeulGi Kwon, who was awarded the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award.  Selected from among more than 120 entries representing 27 countries, Kwon, considered an emerging artist, will be showing her artworks in March at Handwerksmesse in Munich, Germany. Her Website is Think Hand.

SeulGi Kwon on FaceBook

✦ Fabric, silk, and screen printing techniques are used by Emma Levine in creating her poetic, fragile-looking, layered paper-cuts. Images of her trees are especially noteworthy. I particularly like how Levine uses color and light and shadows in het inspired work.

See Levine's map-cut work.

Emma Levine at London Contemporary Art

Emma Levine on FaceBook

✦ Formerly known as The Crafts Report, the first issue of the newly retitled and redesigned Handmade Business magazine was mailed January 3. View a 10-page preview of the monthly.

✦ A new find: lovely abstract paintings by Nebraska native and long-time Minnesota resident Jim Hillegass.

Serious Painter, Jim Hillegass Blog

✦ Charles Keeping was a marvelous illustrator of children's books. Start here to learn more about the late artist, who died in 1988; then visit the online gallery rooms to see his black-and-white work and book illustrations. His wife Renata Keeping, who met her husband at art school, died March 24, 2014. Her work, celebrated in a show at Alexandra Palace this past fall, also is shown on the site. Also see The Keeping Gallery blog.

✦ In the video below, from Wisconsin Public Television, collage artist Tyanna Buie of Milwaukee discusses how she uses art to explore her childhood experiences. See Buie's portfolio, which includes mixed media, installations, and video/sound.

(My thanks to PBS NewsHour Art Beat for the link.)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Missouri's St. Louis Art Museum continues through May 10 "Vija Celmins: 'Intense Realism'". Included in the show of works by the Riga, Latvia-born artist are Night Forms, an early expressionist-inspired drawing, and a number of Celmins's prints, which range from lithographs and linocuts, to wood engravings and mezzotints. In addition to making prints, the artist, known for her photo-realistic paintings of natural landscapes, is a sculptor. See the film "Via Celmins in 'Time'" (Art21) and "Vija Celmins Discusses Her Artistic Process" (ArtBabble).

SLAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Nineteenth Century and early 20th Century fashions in mourning are showcased in "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. On view through February 1, the exhibition, which is organized chronologically and highlights both the evolution and the cultural implications of bereavement fashions, includes mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Accessories are included. View a slideshow of a selection of fashions included in the exhibition.

Met Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In Tacoma, Washington, the Museum of Glass continues "Coastal Alchemy", a collaboration between glass installation artist Anna Skibska, painter Meg Holgate, and poet Trenton Flock; all are based in Seattle. The museum describes the exhibition, which runs through February 8, as an exploration of spatial relationships "represented through both abstract and figurative means. Because all of the exhibition's artists live in coastal environments, Skibska views their collaboration as related to an alchemical creative process that experiments with both literal and metaphorical edges." Accompanying two- and three-dimensional work, including collages and sculptures, are Holgate's landscapes and paintings on glass. Flock's contribution is the poem "Cannon Beach", which is suspended from the ceiling, its pages turned to the side. Curator David Francis writes about the show's themes; read his essay

Museum of Glass on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ "The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia" continues through May 31 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. Surveying five centuries, the exhibition of more than 100 artworks includes East Asian scrolls, Japanese woodblock prints, and contemporary photography, as well as archaeological drawings, maps, and souvenirs documenting or celebrating travel across the Asian continent. Organized thematically, the exhibition encompasses Edo-period glimpses of Japan's Tokaido Road, a photographic essay by Raghubit Singh, and several vignettes on Western travelers, including art collector Charles Lang Freer in China. Explore the exhibit online

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Japan, Edo Period, 1855, Six of Set of 55 Woodblock Prints
Ink and Color on Paper
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge (FSC-GR-705.3)

View a pdf of press images including work by Hiroshige and Hokusai.

Freer and Sackler Galleries on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Opening January 23 at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, is "From Picasso to Fontana: Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960-1968". The exhibition, which continues through April 13, focuses on the museum's acquisition, via donations and purchases, of important 20th Century artworks during William N. Eisendrath Jr.'s tenure as curator and first director of the institution. During the eight years covered by the show, more than 50 works of European modernism and post-World War II abstraction, including Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers, Variation "N", a 1955 oil on canvas, entered the museum's collections. Works by, among others, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Pierre Soulages, and Antoni Tapies, as well as Picasso, will be on view. Related events will include gallery talks, conversations with curators, and a film series.

Kemper Art Museum on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

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