Friday, October 16, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Film London and the film section of the British Council announced last month that they have launched Shakespeare's Sister, a project that aims to "develop some of the UK's best emerging female filmmaking talent and help tackle gender disparity within the film industry." For the inaugural initiative, two teams headed by women will receive production funds to create Shakespeare-inspired shorts (up to 15 minutes) that subsequently will become part of 2016 global celebrations commemorating 400 years of Shakespeare; the teams will be mentored by Film4 and receive a year-long membership in Women in Film & TV. Women who are writers, directors, and producers, including transgender women, must apply by November 3, 2015, to be considered for the teams. 

Film London on FaceBook

✦ Yesterday I posted a new Artist Watch feature at Escape Into Life, spotlighting the gorgeous photography of Tal Shpantzer of Brooklyn. See selections from two of Tal's evocative bodies of work, The Petal Series and Limbus Kid at EIL.

Tal's artistic gifts run in her family; her mother Tova Shpantzer, who maintains a studio at Artists & Makers in Rockville, Maryland, is a metal artist who creates beautiful jewelry and vessels. Tova's Website is Tova's Design.

✦ Artist-in-Residence at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, abstract painter Michelle Ross ventured into printmaking to create a series of monotypes with translucent layers, stenciled geometric forms, and colorful washes. (Check Crow's Shadow Website for images). Each of the prints she has made are one-of-a-kind. Ross, a 2012 Ford Fellow, is head of the department of drawing and painting at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Listen to an interview with Ross about her most recent exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, "Trust Falls and Transparent Things".

Crow's Shadow on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is hosting David Getsy October 25, 2:00 p.m., at which time Getsy will discuss themes from his book Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender and sign copies. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History and interim dean of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His NGA lecture is titled "Abstraction and Its Capacities".

Cover Art

✦ Conservation photographer Mac Stone, who documents wildlife in the Florida Everglades, shares his work in this TED Talk. Stone published Everglades: America's Wetland (University Press of Florida) in 2014; now in its second printing, it was awarded a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards annual competition.

Watch an interview with Stone about his award-winning book.

Mac Stone Photography on FaceBook

✦ You'll want to get acquainted with the work of Chicago-based Victoria Fuller, a sculptor, painter, and natural science illustrator. Fuller's nature-inspired and found-object sculptures and installations are imaginative and, in the case of the former, educational. See a video about Fuller's Global Garden Shovel a large public sculpture for the City of Seattle's Sound Transit. 

Victoria Fuller on FaceBook and Twitter

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In the Art Gallery of Tufts University's Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, Massachusetts, is "Shahzia Sikander: Parallax", on view through December 6. The exhibition comprises the Pakistan-born artist's first immersive animation, Parallax, which debuted at Sharjah Biennale in 2013, as well as related paintings, drawings, and photographs. Sikander constructed the three-channel, color animation, which is 15 minutes long, from hundreds of drawings and paintings that are abstract, representational, and textual. The gallery is publishing a book, expected to be available in spring 2016, with an interview by Amy Schlegel, a conversation between Sikander and Parallax music-and-sound composer Du Yun, and essays.

Here's a very short excerpt from the animation:

Also continuing through December 6 are "Last Folio", an exhibition, documentary film, and book about photographer Yuri Dojc's journey through the Slovakian Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazis and Dojc's reflections on the Holocaust, part of international commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (see catalogue image below); and "In Person—574", a seven-panel mural by Sophia Ainslie that takes up more than 6,000 square feet and rises four stories high. The exhibition includes five of seven original paintings on which Ainslie based her site-specific commission, a slideshow of the mural's creation and installation, and materials relating to the artist's creative process. (Images of the installation are found at Sophia Ainslie's Website in the Commissions/Wall Drawings section.)

Cover Art of Catalogue

Last Folio at Yuri Dojc's Website (See the video section for films about Last Folio.)

Yuri Dojc's Last Folio on FaceBook

Tufts University Art Gallery on FaceBook

✭ Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina is presenting "Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection" through July 10, 2016. Focused on artists of African descent, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video (including a new acquisition Girls, Tricky by Steve McQueen), and installation. The work spans four decades and highlights a range of cultural perspectives. Among the artists whose work is on show are Marlene Dumas, LaToya Ruby Frazier (2015 MacArthur Fellow), Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Nasher Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Continuing through January 24, 2016, at Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, is "Ellen Wagener: Horizon Lines", a new series in pastels depicting the seasons and the sun rising, and earlier work found in the museum's collection.

Ellen Wagener, Four Seasons: Summer, 2014
1 of 4 Panels, 60" x 40" Each, Pastel
© Ellen Wagener

Here's a video of an interview with the landscape artist:

Landscape Artist Ellen Wagener from Brian McHugh on Vimeo.

Figge Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Emerging artist Rhea Pappas, a fine art and commercial photographer based in Minneapolis, is receiving a solo exhibition at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona. Her show, on view through January 10, 2016, features images of women underwater. A selection of images is available at Pappas's Website.

Learn more about Pappas from this Minnesota Original episode:

Rhea Pappas on FaceBook

Minnesota Marine Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Vermont's Shelburne Museum continues for the next two weeks "Ahead of the Curve", an exhibition of exceptional contemporary quilts by Judy B. Dales. The show includes work from the last 15 years, including four new quilts; information about Dales's inspiration and process accompanies each piece. Dales, whose work can be found in the White House Collection of American Crafts, is renowned for her use of form, color, texture, and abstract designs. Images are available at the exhibition link above; also see installation shots in the News section at Dales's Website.

Judy B. Dales on FaceBook

Shelburne Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Shelburne Museum Blog

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