Friday, May 1, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ This summer, an eye-catching "rainbow tunnel", described as "an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multicolored fabric membrane woven through and wrapped in webbing", will grace the lawn of London's Kensington Gardens. The temporary architectural structure, designed by innovative Spanish architects SelgasCano for the Serpentine Pavilion's 15th anniversary, will be on view from June 25 to October 18; visitors will be able to enter and exit the pavilion at different points.

✦ Did you miss "forest sculptor" Spencer Byles's project A Year in a French Forest? It's terrific! Byles made his site-specific, untitled sculptures, all meant to be temporary and to comprise only natural and found materials, in the French region of Alpes-Maritimes. 

Spencer Byles on FaceBook

✦ In mid-March, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched "What Artists See When They Look at The Met" for The Artist Project. For the new Web series, 100 artists (local, national, and international) have been chosen to select and respond to a single artwork or a Met gallery. The concept, according to the museum, is to allow the artists to share "[t]heir unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art [to] encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way." Among the artists for Season 1 are Nick Cave (on Kuba cloths), George Condo (on Monet's The Path through the Irises), Natalie Frank (on Kathe Kollwitz) Deborah Kass (on Athenian vases), Katrin Sigurdardottir (on the Hotel de Cabris, Grasse), Mickalene Thomas (on Sydou Keita), and Lisa Yuskavage (on Vuillard's The Green Interior).

✦ I recently learned of the Archive of Modern Conflict Books, an independent publisher of art and photography books in London. The archive boasts a remarkable collection of some four million photographs, the subject of a recent Tate Modern exhibition ("Conflict, Time, Photography") that concluded March 15. Read Brian Dillon's "The Conjurer: In the Archive with Timothy Prus" at Aperture blog.

Archive of Modern Conflict Books on FaceBook

✦ Photographs by Finnish painter Hugo Simberg (1873-1917), part of the Symbolist art movement, have been digitized and made available at the Website of the Finnish National Gallery (there are five downloadable image packages) and on Flickr The Commons. (My thanks to The Public Domain Review for the links. A selection of released images also is at the review.)

✦ Paper artist Li Hongbo creates Statues in Motion:

See more of Li's work at Kleinsun Gallery

Li Hongbo on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Celebrating 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has mounted an exhibition that includes a rare first edition of Lewis Carroll's story, Carroll's photograph of three sisters who inspired the tale, and a 1933 paper filmstrip. The show is a new look at an old story and how for decades it has been interpreted by many artists, among them, photographer Abelardo Morell, Sir John Tenniel (also see "About John Tenniel and His Illustrations"), who published illustrations in 1865, and surrealist Salvador Dali. Watch a video preview of the exhibition below:

The center's Cultural Compass blog has a number of posts about the exhibition, which continues through July 6.

Harry Ransom Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The Blanton Museum of Art, also at The University of Texas at Austin, continues through June 21 "Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard", comprising 35 photographs, including some prints being shown for the first time, drawn from the collections of Harry Ransom Center. The exhibition includes a number of Meatyard's portraits of American writers. Read "On the Verge of Surprise", an essay (pdf) about the photographer, by curator Jessica S. McDonald. 

Read David Zax, "Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Man Behind the Masks", Smithsonian Magazine, November 2011.

Blanton Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ You know his plays but not, perhaps, that he painted. New Orleans's Ogden Museum of Southern Art is presenting through May 31 "Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter", organized with the Key West Art & Historical Society. Williams (1911-1983), who lived in Key West for more than three decades, took up oil painting to relax. The show includes sketches of friends, acquaintances, and even characters from his plays. Williams also made stills lives and landscapes. See a selection of Williams's paintings. Some of his artworks also can be seen on Pinterest.

Read Chris Wiegand's article, "Tennessee Williams: A Portrait of the Playwright as Painter", The Guardian, October 23, 2008.

Tennessee Williams Collection at Harry Ransom Center

Ogden Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Continuing through August 30 at Ohio's Cincinnati Art Museum is the exhibition "Masterpieces of Japanese Art", comprising approximately 100 works from the museum's permanent collection of 3,000 objects. Included in the exhibition are paintings, screens, prints, ceramics, lacquer and metal wares, ivory carvings, arms and armor, dolls, masks, costumes, and textiles. The periods covered span the 12th Century to 20th Century. Among the highlights are a black lacquer-coated model of an ox cart, a double-gourd-shaped teapot, and a complete set of Japanese armor. Watch a very short preview of the exhibition.

A catalogue (image below) accompanies the exhibition. 

Cover of Exhibition Catalogue

Ogawa Haritsu (1663-1747), Animal Story Scroll (Detail)
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Handscrolll, Ink, and Colors on Paper, 224.6 cm x 668.3 cm
Gift of Robert F. Blum Estate, 1960.4

Cincinnati Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Cincinnati Art Museum Blog (There are a number of posts about the exhibition at the blog.)

✭ Thirty-four works on canvas, paper, and eucalyptus bark go on show beginning May 30 at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Drawn from the permanent collection, the selections in "Art and Country" show how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists represent "home" and their connections to ancestral land and "the Dreaming". The exhibition will continue through the summer.

Kluge-Ruhe on FaceBook 

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