Friday, August 12, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Brooklyn-based artist Meg Hitchcock uses in her beautifully produced work such sacred texts as the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, which she cuts into individual letters and reassembles. Her Artist Statement explains her labor-intensive practice. View a selection of images of her 2016 artworks. Hitchcock showed her work most recently in "Art of the Book" at Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, California, and "Tower of Babel" at Schema Projects, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.  

Read an interview with Hitchcock at Studio International.

✦ Planning to spend time in the Northeast? Pick up a copy of the inaugural issue of Vermont Art Guide, a curated statewide compilation of contemporary artists and 137 art venues in Vermont.

✦ Housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin is the Tennessee Williams Art Collection, which includes paintings, drawings, and prints; some of the works were made by Williams; others are portraits of Williams by other artists. Read "Fellows Find: Painter and Muse Tennessee Williams" at the center's blog Cultural Compass.

✦ Sculptor Kate Hunt weaves evocative and poetic objects from newspaper, steel, and twine. See Hunt's work at Diehl Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Hunt was the subject of a feature article in the Missoulian this past March.

✦ A wonderful new find: collage/assemblage artist and commercial illustrator Joan Hall. Be sure to take a look at her Icons series of assemblages. Her collage series are replete with inspiration. (My thanks to Artsy Shark, where I first saw Hall's work.)

✦ London's National Portrait Gallery is showing a selection of the late painter Lucian Freud's never-before-seen sketchbooks. Also featured are childhood drawings and letters. Works in the exhibition, "Lucien Freud Unseen", on view through September 6, are part of a huge archive donated to NPG. (Read "Lucian Freud's Unseen Self-Portrait and Sketchbooks Go on View" at HyperAllergic.) Martin Gayford's and Sarah Howgate's 108-page, illustrated book Lucien Freud's Sketchbooks (Littlehampton Book Services, July 7, 2016) accompanies the show. (The book may be ordered online.)

Cover Art

National Portrait Gallery on FaceBook

✦ The video below offers a tour through "Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles by the Surface Design Association", an exhibition of 65 works, continuing through August 21 at Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York. 

Transgressing Traditions from stephen achimore on Vimeo.

Schweinfurth Art Center on FaceBook and Instagram

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In Washington, Bellevue Arts Museum is presenting "Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power". The exhibition features three of Walker's narrative portfolio series that have been produced in print: The Emancipation Approximation (1999-2000), Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War: Annotated (2005), and An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010). Also included are individual works using Antebellum and Reconstruction-era imagery and themes. In addition are a video installation, a mural, and cut-steel sculptures. A selection of images appears at the exhibition link above. A number of exhibition-related events are scheduled, including free, drop-in arts classes for teens. (See "Cut Paper Compositions with Lauren Lida".) The exhibition concludes November 27.

Kara Walker at Sikkema JenkinsArt21, and Walker Art Center

BAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ Sculptor Emilie Brzezinski's extraordinarily moving Lament (2015) is on view in the courtyard of the Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C., through November 2020. It's the artist's largest castwork to date. If you visit, make time for the contemporary sculpture garden.

Emilie Brzezinski Sculpture on FaceBook

Kreeger Museum on FaceBook

✭ Twenty-nine artworks created by 19th Century and 20th Century artists from eastern African nomadic societies are being exhibited in "Design for Mobile Living: Art from Eastern Africa" at Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art. The show, continuing through November 27, includes beaded jewelry, shields, and other lightweight, portable, and ornamental objects for the body, such as the belt in the image below. The BMA's African art collection comprises more than 2,000 objects.

Unidentified Artist, Man's Belt (Enkeene Pus), Mid-20th C.
Maasai Region, Loita Section, Tanzania, Africa
Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Nancy and Robert H. Nooter,
Washington, D.C. BMA 1994.293

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✭ The San Francisco Center for the Book has mounted "20/20 Vision: Celebrating the Next Generation of Book Artists". Continuing through October 16, the exhibition features 20 emerging book artists, focusing on both those with and those without academic affiliations. The artists are Islam Aly, Hannah Basel, Tia Blassingame, Andre Bradley, Kyle Anthony Clark, Trevor Clement, Lyall F. Harris, Sarah Hulsey, Mirabelle Jones, Jenna Rodriguez, Woody Leslie, Kyoko Matsunaga, Allison Milham, Candida Pagan, Radha Pandey, Matt Runkle, Jamie Lynn Shafer, Leslie Smith, Ariel Hansen Strong, and Casey Tang. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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✭ More than 200 photographs from the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin go on view there August 15. The center acquired the collection of 47,500 vintage and modern black-and-white prints, as well as negatives and contact sheets, in 2015. According to the center, the exhibition, "Elliot Erwitt: Home Around the World", shows the development of Erwitt's photographic eye and vision, examines how his upbringing and lifestyle influenced his choice of photographic subjects, includes selections from Erwitt's work in film, and presents more than 60 magazines, books, and advertisements featuring his images. A 300-page illustrated catalogue (see image below), co-published by the center and Aperture, accompanies the exhibition, which will continue through January 1, 2017.

For additional information and images, read Jennifer Tisdale's blog post, "Exhibition Presents Unprecedented Study of Renowned Photographer Elliott Erwitt's Life and Work", Cultural Compass, June 20, 2016.

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