Friday, May 12, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Photographer Meghann Riepenhoff, whose solo show, "Littoral Drift", took place last month at New York City's Yossi Milo Gallery, "collaborates" directly with the landscape and the ocean to make her extraordinary cyanotypes, which are described as "experimental living photographic prints". (Her Artist Statement explains how she used the elements in the Littoral Drift series. Her catalogue has sold out.) Visit Riepenhoff's Website to view other series in her portfolio.

Meghann Riepenhoff on FaceBook

✦ Is David Hockney in "digital decline"? Olivia McEwan makes her case in the affirmative in "The Digital Decline of David Hockney" at Hyperallergic.

✦ The Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, New York, has published Wyeth Wonderland: Josephine Douet Envisions Andrew Wyeth's World. Available at the museum shop or online, the catalogue (for the exhibition concluding May 14) features 37 color images of Douet's photographs and Wyeth's watercolors and drawings, all paired with comments by the photographer or quotations from the artist. It also includes an essay by museum curator Laura Vookles and the transcript of a conversation with Douet about her photography project and the museum's exhibition.

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Josephine Douet Website (See her series The Secret Sits, which features a selection of photographs of the people and places of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.)

✦ A 258-page monograph, Vermeer: The Complete Works (April 7, 2017), edited by Karl Schutz of Kunsthistorisches Museum, is available as a new edition from Taschen. (Fold-out images from the book can be seen at the title link above.) The book, in English, includes new photographs of many of the artworks and details about Vermeer's artistic style and process. (The exhibition "Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting", continuing through May 22 at the Louvre, Paris, France, features its own catalogue.)

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✦ To improve accessibility to its photographic collection, including prints acquired in 2016 from Bradford Media Museum, London's Victoria and Albert Museum will be expanding its photographic gallery space in the northeast wing of its South Kensington location, beginning in the fall of 2018. Read "Announcement of new Photography Centre" (pdf) in the Press section of the museum's Website and The Guardian article "V&A to Open New Galleries for Photos Acquired from Bradford Museum".

✦ Pop artist James Rosenquist died last month (March 31) at the age of 83. In 2007, he delivered the Clarice Smith Lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I was in the audience that evening, and recall well his talk, "Fine Art is Not a Career". It was not dull! SAAM, which owns about a dozen Rosenquist artworks, recently uploaded the lecture to YouTube. You'll find it below. (It's a bit over an hour long. Try to find the time to listen and watch. I doubt you'll be disappointed.)

James Rosenquist Obituary at The New York Times

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Alabama's Birmingham Museum of Art is presenting "Third Space / Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art", the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the museum's own collection, through January 6, 2019. More than 100 works, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, photography, and videos, are on display. Among the artists represented are Kerry James Marshall, Ebony G. Patterson, Mark Bradford, Jose Bedia, Thornton Dial, and William Christenberry. Rural Studio has created for the show an artwork that serves as a gathering space for reflection and contemplation; when the exhibition concludes, the structure will be repurposed. A series of artist-and-curator talks spaced over the two-year exhibition is a key component of the show.

An exhibition SmartGuide is available for use with mobile devices.

ArtsBMA on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ In Chicago, the Loyola University Museum of Art continues its exhibition of Peter Gelker's "Whirligigs". Approximately 20 of the hand-turned or wind-driven devices created by Gelker, who is also a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, are on display. The exhibition, which addresses such subjects as religious beliefs and mythology, runs through June 3.

In the video below, made in 2015, Gelker explains one of his devices:

Watch a documentary about Gelker's whirligigs. A book, Whirligigs: Minds in Motion, is available. Also see Whirligigs: The Art of Peter Gelker (Grand Central Press, 2015) by Simon J. Bonner and Lynn Gamwell.

LUMA on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Virginia Fifield's highly realistic, larger-than-life charcoal drawings of animals and the natural world can be seen through May 20 at Florida's Coral Springs Museum of Art. Fifield, who lives in South Florida, has received many awards for her exceptional drawings, including the 2015 International Drawing Competition sponsored by Drawing magazine. Last year, she was featured on the PBS series Art Loft (see the feature on YouTube). See Fifield's portfolio, especially her Contemplations series.

Virginia Fifield, Specimen, 2014
Charcoal on Museum Board
30" x 60"

Defining a Moment: Virginia Fifield on Vimeo

Virginia Fifield on FaceBook

Coral Springs Museum of Art on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Peter Bynum's immersive, multi-media installation of illuminated paintings is on view in "Illuminations of the Sacred Forms" at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York. In addition to the paintings, the solo exhibition, which continues through December 17, includes additional multi-media components of soundscapes and video projections that visitors can listen to or watch while seated in curtained booths. Credited with creating a new technique of painting with light, Bynum exhibits internationally and has work in both public and private collections in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The publication Illumination of the Sacred Forms accompanies the exhibition.

Peter Bynum on FaceBook

HVCCA on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, has mounted a show of nearly 200 Native American art objects, including basketry, jewelry, paintings, and pottery, as well as clothing, moccasins, and objects used daily and in ceremonies. The exhibition, "Identity & Inspiration: 20th Century Native American Art", focuses on individual artists and their inspirations, their creative processes, and their creation of innovative forms and designs. It concludes August 31.

Also on view: the HOTTEA installation. The large, original yarn installation, which fills the museum rotunda and mezzanine, is up through November 12. (See other examples of the artist's work on Flickr and Vimeo. The artist's real name is Eric Rieger. Read "Meet Eric Rieger aka HOTTEA the Mpls. Yarnbomber".)

Philbrook Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

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