Friday, May 22, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Artist Rafael Rozendaal has a new project, Abstract Browsing, which uses a free Google Chrome plugin to turn Websites into colorful compositions that can be turned on or off instantly. Read Rozendaal's interview at DIS Magazine. See more of Rozendaal's Websites.

✦ Textiles, paper ephemera, paint, embroidery, and sometimes photographs are the principal materials for Laura Edgar's artworks. Edgar specializes in embellished fashion fabric design and offers a wide range of hand-made products. She also conducts workshops in textile arts.

Laura Edgar on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Open a window into painters' palettes, a series, Das Meisterstuck, by Matthias Schaller.

✦ The Feather and Bone series (2013-2014) by mixed-media artist, surface design teacher, and author Jane Dunnewold of San Antonio, Texas, began, according to Dunnewold, as photographs. These beautiful assemblages invite a closer look. Also see her series The Lyrical Thread (2012), Etude (2011), and Sacred Planet (2009-2010). Visit Dunnewold's Gallery, too. Watch an informative talk Dunnewold gave in 2013 for The McNay Art Museum's "Artists Looking at Art" program. She addresses the importance of daily practice, as well as her process and techniques, what she calls "the projected story" that informs her art-making, and her deep appreciation of the natural world.

Jane Dunnewold on FaceBook

✦ The hour-long BBC documentary Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson is wonderful. Jansson (1914-2001) was a Finnish painter, illustrator, novelist, and comic strip author.

✦ My friend Randall David Tipton mentioned  Rick Bartow (Wiyot Tribe) in a post, and that sent me back to an Oregon Art Beat feature on the artist. If you don't know this wonderful artist's work, visit Froelick Gallery. Bartow's cedar sculpture commissioned for the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., is We Were Always Here (2012) (see a photo here). Bartow's retrospective, "Rick Bartow: Things You Know but Cannot Explain", which features more than 100 of his works, continues through August 9 at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. A wide range of related programs are scheduled. Below is a short video from NMAI in which Bartow talks about his inspirations:

Bartow's Prints at Crow's Shadow

Exhibitions Here and There 

✭ "Shirin Neshat: Facing History" has opened at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, which runs through September 20, features Neshat's series of photographs Women of Allah, which first brought the artist to international acclaim; her lyrical and  mesmerizing video installations; and two monumental photographic series, The Book of Kings (2012) and Our House Is on Fire (2013). A catalogue of the same title as the exhibition (see image below), published by Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, accompanies the show.

Catalogue Cover Art

Watch "Shirin Neshat: Art in Exile" on YouTube. Also watch Neshat's TED Talk.

Shirin Neshat Catalogue at Studio A on FaceBook (You'll receive a sneak peek at this link.)

Hirshhorn Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., continues through September 13 "The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs", a selection of work acquired by the museum with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Shad Fund. Divided into five sections — "Traces of History", "Time Exposed", "Memory and the Archive", "Framing Time and Place", and "Contemporary Ruins" — the exhibition showcases 76 artworks from the early 1990s to the present. Among the 26 international artists featured are Idris Khan, Chuck Close, Adam Fuss, Carrie Mae Weems, Vera Lutter, and Uta Barth. Eleven images are available on the exhibition page. Carrie Mae Weems will deliver "The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture" in September. A catalogue accompanies the show (see image below).

Catalogue Cover Art
Chuck Close, Kara, 2007

NGA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Drawn from collections about ballet, modern dance, opera, musical theatre, comedy, dramatic theatre, and variety theatre, "Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design", continuing through July 25 in the Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery of the Library of Congress, presents finished renderings, works in progress, technical drawings, and designers' research materials on theatre production. Also featured are correspondence among designers and collaborators about scenery, costumes, and lighting. Some designers whose work is included are Robert Edmond Jones (1913-1943), Frederick Loewe (1901-1988), Tony Walton, and Boris Aronson.

LOC on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

The Textile Museum, at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., is presenting through August 9 "Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories". The largest exhibition in the museum's history,  the show features more than 100 textiles covering 2,000 years and five continents. Items on display including clothing, adornments, and fabrics with personal, cultural, political, and social implications. A print catalogue (see image below) is available as a downloadable digital publication (pdf).

Catalogue Cover Art

View online "Unraveling Identity" at ISSUU (an exhibition gallery guide) and "Identity Markers" (expanded label information).

The Textile Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Tumblr

✭ Working with curators of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 13 museum outreach committees created a shortlist of artists who address nature as their subject matter. Work by the identified artists forms the fourth installment of NMWA's "Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015", opening June 5 and continuing through September 13. Including the mediums of photography, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and video, the exhibition features work by Dawn Holder, Jennifer Celio, Andrea Lira, Francoise Petrovitch, Jiha Moon, Goldschmied & Chairi, Lara Shipley, Rebecca Hutchinson, Mary Tsiongas, Rachel Sussman, Mimi Kato, Ysbel LeMay, and Polly Morgan. (Take time for these artists' Websites, which feature some superb work.)

NMWA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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