Friday, May 27, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ A new series of open-access-collection catalogues is available online from Getty Publications. Downloadable as e-books, PDFs, and image-and-data sets, and also in print, the first two catalogues are Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily and Roman Mosaics. Easy to navigate, the color-illustrated digital catalogues feature interactive maps, zoomable images, a permanent url, and plain-text format, and are issued under a Creative Commons license. For additional information, read Getty blog's post, "Embracing the Digital Future of Art Books".

✦ Artist and printmaker Rebecca Jewell has perfected a technique for printing on feathers. Read Jewell's interesting feature, "Printing on Feathers" at Woven Tale Press. Jewell was Leverhulme Artist In Residence at the British Museum in 2005-2006, and currently is Artist in Residence at both the British Museum and London Metropolitan University. Most recently, she exhibited at Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Lots to explore on Jewell's Website!

Rebecca Jewell on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The "literary jewels" of Jeremy May are eye-catching, fun-to-wear pieces made of hundreds of sheets of paper removed from vintage books. May uses a unique laminating process to craft his high-gloss, one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, earrings, and bespoke work. May exhibits his sculptural paper jewelry throughout the United States. 

The online magazine My Modern Met featured an array of May's beautiful work in late March; read the generously illustrated article at the publication link. He appeared the same month in This Is Colossal.

LittleFly, Jeremy May's Website

✦ Paper weaver Gunjan Aylawadi, raised in India and currently living in Australia, is self-taught. Her boldly colored geometric "tapestries" reflect her computer science engineering and industrial design background. View a selection of images in her portfolio.

✦ In "Beer with a Painter", Jennifer Samet interviews painter June Leaf at Hyperallergic. Now in her mid-80s, Leaf, whose husband is filmmaker and photographer Robert Frank, currently has a show at the Whitney Museum, "June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite", continuing through July 17. View all the images at the exhibition link.

✦ A quick, good read: Alison Stine's post on inequality at Bill Moyers: "Why Art Matters, Even in Poverty".

✦ Below is a 1958 documentary about Dutch glassblowing. (My thanks to American Craft Council for the link.) 

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its TMA Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, offers a rare opportunity to view more than 80 pieces of modern studio glass in "Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections". Continuing through September 18, the exhibition includes European, Australian, Asian, and North American studio glass that has been arranged in seven thematic groups: the human figure, animals and plants, landscapes, vessel forms, the spirit world, abstract forms, and outer space. Among the featured artists are Joyce Scott, Nicholas Africano, Tom Moore, Kimiake Higuchi, Preston Singletary, Debora Moore, and Tobias Mohl. They all produce exquisite work.

Toledo Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ California's San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design continues through August 7 "Constructured Communication: Nakayama, Sinbondit, Venom | New Voices in Sign Painting, Ceramics and Quilting". The show demonstrates how Kenji Nakayama, Amy Sinbondit, and Ben Venom use traditional craft techniques to communicate in nontraditional ways: through symbols, lettering, and gestures.

SFMCD on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ In Memphis, Tennessee, the Metal Museum in presenting a group show, "Inches From the Earth", for which 17 master metal artists display plant and insect life in a range of art forms, including jewelry and sculpture. The artists are Leah Aripotch, Heather Bayless, Elizabeth Brim, Peggy Eng, Emily Eversgerd, Elizabeth Goluch, Margaret Goodman, Sherri Jaudes, Micki Lippe, Agnes Ma, Tara Magboo, Wendy McAllister, Andrew Meers, Cozette Phillips, Stephanie Polk, Hosanna Rubio, and Lin Stanionis. The show concludes July 10. 

Here's video featuring Elizabeth Goluch's "Lady Bug":

Metal Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Continuing through July 24 at Wisconsin's Racine Art Museum is "Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches". The Milwaukee-based Backes designed the poetic, meditative show for the museum's Windows on Fifth Gallery, where she has arranged found natural materials, primarily leaves and branches gathered from the grounds of RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts and then painted, in a series of vignettes that address the artist's interests in place and especially nature. A series of installation photos are available at the exhibition link.

RAM on FaceBook

✭ On view through September 18 at Peabody Essex Museum's Art & Nature Center, Salem, Massachusetts, is "Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art". The exhibition comprises miniatures, sculptures, photography, and installations on loan from regional, national, and international contemporary artists, as well as work in PEM's own collection. Among the more than 20 artists whose work is featured are Christopher Boffoli, Sally Curcio, Jan Dunning, Vik Muniz, and Angela Palmer. The museum has included a number of interactive experiences that permit viewers to experiment with visual scale and understand how scale influences human perception. Several images are available at the exhibition link.

PEM on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

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