Friday, May 26, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Invented by Danish artist Thomas Wilfred, Lumia is "a form of light art that looks like textured smoke," explains Louis M. Brill at his blog Sacred Lumia. Brill's own light art can be seen at Lumia Vista Art Gallery. Brill's Artist Statement also can be found there.

✦ Dallas, Texas-based photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has produced a remarkable series of images of sites along the Underground Railroad, 100 of which are collected in Through Darkness to Light | Photographs Along the Underground Railroad (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017). The 192-page photographic essay, which visually documents a 1,400-mile path, features 100 color and 13 black-and-white illustrations, as well as a foreword by Andrew J. Young and a brief history of the Underground Railroad by Fergus M. Bordewich. The dark and haunting series, selections of which have appeared in online and print publications, is traveling throughout the United States and Canada through January 2022. (The exhibition comes to Griot Museum of Black History, St. Louis, from June 16 to August 11.) A generous set of the images has been reproduced in Claire Voon's Hyperallergic article "Photos Evoke the Terror and Hope of the Underground Railroad" (April 25, 2017). Also see the photographs on Michna-Bales's Website and at LensCulture.

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Jeanine Michna-Bales on FaceBook

Traveling Exhibition Information

✦ Visual artists in the United Kingdom have formed the Artists' Union England.

✦ The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, is the recipient of more than 100 sculptures, 150 works on paper, thousands of photographs, and a New York City loft apartment from the estate of pop artist Marisol (1930-2016). Read Colin Dabkowski's article in The Buffalo News, "Famed Pop Artist Marisol Leaves Vast Estate to the Albright-Knox" (April 25, 2017).

✦ Native American artist Starr Hardridge (Muscokee Creek Nation), appearing in the exhibition "Return from Exile" (see Exhibition roundup below), uses pointillism and beadwork to create his beautiful work (view his portfolio), which also includes figurative "stories" and allegorical abstractions. His artwork can be purchased through Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

✦ Below is the trailer for the documentary Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, featuring such artists as Marina Abramovic, Rashid Johnson, and Taryn Simon. For more information, read Alina Cohen's "A Documentary Introduction to the Art World, With Star Power and Obvious Ideas" at Hyperallergic.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The traveling exhibition "A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore Sharrer", featuring 45 paintings as well as sketches, prints, drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the figurative artist's archive, opens June 30 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and continues through September 3. The exhibition, which closed May 21 at Ohio's Columbus Museum of Art, then goes to Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, where it can be seen from September 21 through January 7, 2018. A 176-page catalogue, featuring a critical reassessment of Sharrer (1920-2009), 125 color illustrations, and an introduction by the artist's son Adam Zagorin, is available.

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PAFA on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ Contemporary Southeastern art by Native Americans can be seen in "Return from Exile", a traveling exhibition now on view through August 11 at Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Thirty-two Native artists are in the show (see 50 images of the artists' work), which addresses the themes of removal, return, and resilience and resistance. 

In the video below, one of 15 in which participating artists talk about their work, ceramicist Mel Cornshucker (Cherokee), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, talks about his background and his work Oklahoma — We're OK. Cornshucker works in stoneware, porcelain, and raku clay.

Exhibition Schedule

Cherokee Heritage Center on FaceBook

✭ Drawing on its extensive cultural collections, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin is presenting through July 16 "Stories to Tell", featuring more than 250 items, including manuscripts by David Foster Wallace, Julia Alvarez, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Henri Matisse's Jazz; the spirit photographs of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; and the hat accompanying the green "curtain" dress that Vivien Leigh wore in the film Gone With the Wind. Watch a video preview of the exhibition.

Ransom Center on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ Currently on view at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, Washington, D.C., is "Together: The Work of Paula Ballo Daily and Brian Dailey", the second installment of an annual exhibition focusing on an artist's or artists' responses to living life with cancer. On display are Paula Ballo Dailey's found object/mixed-media sculpture, watercolors, and selected journal entries (Paula Ballo Dailey died in 2016), as well as Brian Dailey's mixed-media works responding to the loss of his wife. An artist and curator talk takes place May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibition concludes June 24.

Pictured in the exhibition announcement above (from left): Self-Portrait, Adrift — Notes of a Woman, and The Innocent, all by Paula Ballo Dailey.

Joan Hisaoka Gallery at Smith Center on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ There's still time to see "Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic" at McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts. On view through June 4 are more than 90 paintings, pastels, and drawings organized to show Soriano's works in the Cuban geometric abstract style; his transitional, experimental paintings from the 1960s and 1970s; and his mystical paintings from his mature period. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link above. A bilingual (English-Spanish) catalogue with contributions from American, Cuban-American, and Cuban scholars accompanies the show. The exhibition travels to the Long Beach Museum of Art in June and to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in October.

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Rafael Soriano (1920-2015)

Read "Soriano Rediscovered: The Artist as Mystic" in Cuban Art News. (The article features an interview with curator Elizabeth Goizueta.) Also see "From Cuba to the Cosmos with Rafael Soriano" in Boston Globe.

McMullen Museum of Art on FaceBook and Instagram 

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