Friday, October 21, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The 17th Annual Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, featuring 50 artists on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is two weekends: October 22-23 and October 29-30. I've made the tour in the past and recommend it. Go online for a map, brochure, and list of participating artists.

✦ Yuki Hayama is a Japanese ceramist who decorates his thrown pots by painting on them (etsuke), continuing a tradition that is 5,000 years old. The film immediately below shows Hayama at work (he works from memory some 128 patterns). His painted porcelains, whose glazes are fired a dozen times, are exquisite.

My thanks to Ceramics Monthly and Ippodo Gallery in New York for the video. "Beauty of Life", the debut exhibition of Hayama's ceramics, took place September 9-29 at the gallery, which also offers for sale a range of Hayama's work, including bowls and vases. A catalogue is available.

Exhibition Catalogue Cover Art

✦ London's Serpentine Galleries hosted this summer the first solo exhibition in a public institution in the United Kingdom of the work of Lebanese multidisciplinary artist, poet, and essayist Etal Adnan. The show, which concluded on September 11, featured Adnan's paintings, drawings, poetry, film, and tapestry and was accompanied by a catalogue (see image below), Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World (Serpentine and Koenig Books, 20166), available in three covers, each depicting a different painting from Adnan's most recent series The Weight of the World, which she painted for the exhibition.

Trade Edition Cover

The catalogue may be ordered through the Serpentine Shop, ArtBook (a Koenig distribuor), Amazon, and other booksellers. The three covers may be seen at the Serpentine Shop link.

Adnan and curator Rebecca Lewin talk about the exhibition:

Serpentine Galleries on FaceBook and Instagram

✦ The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University kicked off its 2016-2017 lecture series, "Artists at the Institute", with Leslie Hewitt of New York City on September 20. Earlier this year, Hewitt had a solo exhibition, "Leslie Hewitt: Collective Stance", at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City; the exhibition premiered in Toronto.

Institute of Fine Arts on FaceBook

✦ Read about the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' top portrait painters.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters on FaceBook

✦ Following is a video portrait of Moscow-born painter, printmaker, and portrait artist Andrey Remnev. For his paintings, he uses natural pigments bound with egg yolk. The film was directed by Almira Safi and produced by SyncUp. See the Gallery on Remnev's Website.

Andrey Remnev. Portrait of the artist. from SyncUp on Vimeo.

Andrey Remnev on FaceBook

(My thanks to The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness for the link.)

Exhibitions Here and There

★ Irish painter Brian Whelan's Holy City, a series of nine paintings representing Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, are on view at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., through January 2017. Displayed together, the paintings comprise a 9-foot by 12-foot artwork. Of his work, Whelan says, "[T]hese paintings do not depict any holy city that exists in today's world. This is my aspirational vision of what a holy city looks like. Each of the canvases contains churches, mosques and synagogues painted in bright, playful and colorful forms. An abstracted, disarming vision of cultural unity; living together in peace, acceptance and in harmony; a haven for the soul." (Press Release) The exhibition is Whelan's second at the Cathedral.

View a short video with Whelan produced by the Cathedral.

Washington National Cathedral on FaceBook

★ The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana, has mounted work by the late Idaho painter and sculptor Sara Joyce (1923-2011), a visionary artist. The traveling exhibition, "Sara Joyce: Myth, Dream, and Dramatic Episodes", continues through December 30. On view are small drawings and paintings, large oil paintings, and sculptures of fabric and clay. Also on exhibit is the work of Jennifer Combe, who explores identities and motherhood in "Shift, Shift: Jennifer Combe", continuing through the end of the year.

Sara Joyce on FaceBook

Holter Museum on FaceBook and Vimeo 

★ In New Hampshire, Dartmouth University's Hood Museum of Art has opened its Hood Downtown space in Hanover with the inaugural solo exhibition "Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures". Soulier, a contemporary French photographer, sculptor, and installation artist, employs the concept of fractal geometry (i.e., each area has a direct scale relationship to the other) to denote through her images and sculpture the idea that understanding a fraction of a narrative she creates implies comprehension of the whole. (See the exhibition link and the video below for information about her artistic process.)

The exhibition, which includes selections from Soulier's series of photographs, sculpture, and installations, among them The Matryoshka Dolls and The Fractal Architectures, concludes December 11. Images are available at the exhibition link.

Laetitia Soulier, Self-Portrait*, 2016
C-print, 40" x 80"
Courtesy of Artist and Claire Oliver Gallery
© Laetitia Soulier

* From the series The Fractal Architectures

In the video below, Soulier discusses how she crafts her labor-intensive work: 

Hood Museum of Art on FaceBook, YouTube, and Instagram

Laetitia Soulier at Claire Oliver Gallery (New York)

Laetitia Soulier on FaceBook

★ On view at Washington, D.C.'s Kreeger Museum is "Smith | Paley", the first exhibition featuring a collaboration between Clarice Smith and Albert Paley. The show's inspiration was Triptych (2016) (see image below). Included are a selection of Smith's paintings, including the five-panel screen Gallop, and a selection of Paley's sculptures, including maquettes for the project documented in Albert Paley on Park Avenue. Curated by Lenore D. Miller, chief curator and director, University Art Galleries, The George Washington University, the show runs through December 30.

A discussion at the museum with Smith and Paley, moderated by Susan Stamberg, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event is ticketed.

Clarice Smith & Albert Paley, Triptych, 2016
Oil on Canvas, Forged Steel, 38" x 48"
Image Courtesy Kreeger Museum and Artist

Kreeger Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

★ A selection of late 19th Century to 21st Century kimono and obi are on display for the first time at Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art. Featured in the Textile Gallery are seven kimono and an array of obi, including an early 20th Century long-sleeved kimono (furisode) that is hand-embellished with gold and silver leaf, metallic pigments, and embroidery, and lined in red silk decorated with gold and silver leaf. (A curator's post about this garment is noted below.) The exhibition, "Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan's Golden Age", continues through January 15, 2017. Stunning and lavish!

Kimono Furisode (1912-1989), Taisho (1912-1926), or Showa (1926-1989).
20th Century Japanese Textile
Gift of Mrs. D.M. Cheston, Baltimore 1990.113
Image Courtesy BMA

Read Anita Jones's post "BMA Voices: A kimono six months in the making" on the BMA blog.

BMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

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