Friday, June 5, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Annie Cohen-Solal's biography Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel has been published by Yale University Press. Cohen-Solal, an academic and cultural historian, draws on substantive, newly available archives to relate how Rothko, born in 1903 in the Jewish Pale of Settlement, became an innovative modern master of the 20th Century. In its contextual examination of Rothko's personal life and experience as a Jewish immigrant (he came to the United States at age 10), the book has been much praised not only as biography but as cultural history and art criticism. A GoogleBooks preview is available.

Cover of Biography

✦  Zahi Khamis, a Palestinian painter, lives in Baltimore, Maryland; he teaches Arabic at Goucher College. His son, Besan Khamis, an interdisciplinary sculpture major at the Maryland Institute College of Art, joined his father for an exhibition, "al ab w'al ibn (father and son)" in The Gallery at The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, D.C. (The show concluded today.) An exile, Zahi Khamis's work is redolent of "memory, tragedy, and yearning". This 2013 video offers a look at a selection of his paintings:

✦ The documentary Eva Hesse premiered May 17 at Whitney Museum of American Art. Read the interview "Finally, a Documentary About Eva Hesse's Life and Work", with director Marcie Begleiter at Hyperallergic.

✦ Art installation as functioning mosque? Iceland's national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015, The Mosque, by Swiss conceptualist Christoph Buchel, points up the lack of mosques in Venice, home to some 20,000 Muslims, by doubling its purpose. (Read Randy Kennedy's article, "Mosque Installed at Venice Biennale Tests City's Tolerance", in The New York Times.) The pavilion, inside a former Catholic church, is to serve secondarily as a place of worship throughout the Biennale, which ends November 22, unless it is shut down by Venice authorities, who consider it a security threat. NOTE: The pavilion as mosque was closed by the City of Venice on May 22, according to a statement by Icelandic Art Center, and as reported by The Art Newspaper and ArtInfo.

✦ Below is a peek at Janet Echelman's aerial fiber art installation As If It Were Already Here as it is being erected over the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The one-ton floating sculpture, which required more than 100 miles of rope and some half-million knots, will be in place through October of this year.

✦ "Painted Worlds", Wayne Thiebaud's 2015 Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture at Stanford University's Anderson Collection is available at the Exhibitions and Programs page. The talk is just a bit over an hour long.

✦ The short below looks at Jaume Plensa's "Together" exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, is presenting three summer shows: "Skies that Bind: Paintings by Gene V. Dougherty", on view through August 1; "Leaves on the Family Tree: Infuences and Exchanges", featuring paintings and clay sculptures by Linda Lou Warren, also through August 1; and "Movers and Shapers: Combines, Tractors, and Swathers", Karen Carson's large paintings and related drawn studies, concluding August 29.

OSU Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Atlanta's High Museum of Art continues "A Painter's Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden" through July 5. The exhibit focuses on High's acquisition of the collage Artist with Painting and Model (1981), which the museum is presenting with eight other Bearden works in the collection—collages, watercolors, and prints.

High Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ On view through August 16 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco are a selection of exquisite textiles: two complete 17th Century carpets from India and Iran and nine other substantial textile fragments. The carpets and fragments in the exhibition, "Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Velvets from the Indictor Collection", are from a private New York collection. Images are available at the exhibition link and may be accessed through the press release.

Asian Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Photographs by Barbara Bosworth can be seen in "Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder" at Denver Art Museum. Running through September 20, the exhibition showcases Bosworth's exploration of nature and memory. The prints on view were made with a large-format 8x10 camera. Read an interview, "The Creative Benefits of Taking Your Time—Q&A with Photographer Barbara Bosworth".

Denver Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ In Oregon, the Portland Art Museum is presenting "David Hockney: A Rake's Progress". On view through August 2, the exhibition showcases David Hockney's etchings, drawings, models, and watercolors created during his collaboration with Portland Opera, which is staging a new production of The Rake's Progress. Hockney's set designs and costumes drew inspiration from William Hogarth's engravings for the opera. The exhibition offers an opportunity to examine Hockney's creative process and practice.

David Hockney Website

The Rake's Progress at Hockney Website

Etchings from A Rake's Progress, Hockney's 1961-1963 Prints

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