Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thought for the Day

If something is to be destroyed
please don't leave traces behind.
~ Liu Xia

Quoted from "Chaos" in Liu Xia's Empty Chairs: Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2015), Bilingual Edition, Trans.: Ming Di and Jennifer Stern; page 53

Liu Xia, Chinese Poet and Artist; Wife of Poet, Activist, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Read "Twilight" from Empty Chairs.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Short

Today's short introduces the Bridge Theatre, a new performance art space opening this fall in London, next to Tower Bridge. The theatre of 900 seats will debut with Young Marx (October 18 - December 31) and, through the winter and spring, plans to present Julius Caesar (January 20 - April 15, 2018) and Nightfall (April 28 - June 3, 2018). Memberships are available.

(My thanks to the British Council for the link.)

Bridge Theatre on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Friday, June 23, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Word is out that the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and scene of the immensely popular 2015-2016 "Wonder" show, plans "the first ever major exhibition" of monumental art installations created for Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada. The exhibition, titled "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man", will open March 30, 2018, and conclude September 16, 2018. Read the details in the gallery's exhibition announcement.

✦ If your artistic tastes run to desert landscapes, cloudscapes, and desert blooms and flowers, take a look at Doug West's paintings at Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Leslie Levy Fine Art (Scottsdale, Arizona), and Ro Gallery (Long Island City, New York). West has had scores of solo shows and his collectors number in the thousands.

Doug West in Taos Artist Guide

Doug West Paintings at Blue Rain on FaceBook

✦ Artist Martin Roth created in mid-town Manhattan in May 2017 an urban garden "nurtured by tweets", specifically, the tweets of the president of the United States. See "I cultivated a piece of land...." and read Claire Voon's Hyperallergic article "A Field of Lavender Nourished by Trump's Tweets".

✦ A filmmaker you've probably never heard of but should learn about: Alice Guy-Blache.

✦ If you're a fan of salads, Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists, by Julia Sherman, will visually enrich your life even before you choose a recipe.

Cover Art

Julia Sherman is both an artist and a cook who writes at the blog Salad for President. The book is on tour.

Salad for President on FaceBook and Instagram

✦ Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Gary, Indiana's project "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen". Opening this fall, the cultural center for culinary and visual art will feature public art and spaces for community gatherings. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, it will provide local residents and new businesses with access to a commercial training kitchen, feature a pop-up cafe as well as gallery and exhibition spaces, and promote dinners in Gary residents' homes and at the cafe. Chicago-based Theaster Gates is the artistic director.

ArtHouse on FaceBook

Theaster Gates's Rebuild Foundation

✦ Immediately below is the trailer for Yarn (2016), directed by Una Lorenzen with co-directors and producers Heather Millard and Thordur Jonsson. The movie, which can be seen in its entirety on Netflix, introduces artists engaged in innovative knitting and crocheting. 

Yarn: the Movie on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There (Washington, D.C., Edition)

✭ Continuing through September 10 at the Hirshhorn Museum is "Markus Lupertz: Threads of History". Concentrated on the pioneering early works of the German artist, from 1962 to 1975, the exhibition presents for the first time in the United States Lupertz's 40-foot-long West Wall (Siegfried Line) and more than 30 other paintings reflecting the artist's exploration of abstract expressionism, Pop art, and German postwar culture. The Hirshhorn exhibition coincides with a complementary exhibition at The Philipps Collection, "Markus Lupertz", which spans the neo-expressionist painter's entire career, from the 1960s to today; the show continues through September 3. The Phillips show features the 1982 painting The Large Spoon. A catalogue jointly produced by the museums and including new scholarship is available. The two exhibitions, which together feature almost 100 works, mark the museums' first formal collaboration.

Markus Lupertz at Michael Werner Gallery (Lupertz is showing in "New Paintings" through July 7.)

Hirshhorn Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ At the National Museum for Women in the Arts, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, you'll find "Revival", featuring work by contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Polly Morgan, Alison Saar,  Beverly Semmes, and Joana Vasconcelos. Media include video projections, large-scale images, hanging sculptures, and work composed of hair, yarn, velvet, marble, wax, brambles, or taxidermy birds. The exhibition continues through September 10.

Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #20, 2014
Chromogenic Print Mounted on Aluminum
30" x 40"
© Lalla Essaydi
Photo Credit: Miller Yezerski Gallery

NMWA on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ The summer exhibitions at Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum opened June 17. Among them are a retrospective of the paintings of Val Lewton, "Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood"; and "Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor", a selection of landscapes featuring both watercolors and paintings in oil on canvas. Each show is on view through August 13.

Kellogg will demonstrate watercolor painting en plein air tomorrow, June 24, 2:00 p.m., in "Painting with Frederic Kellogg". A gallery talk on the Val Lewton exhibition is scheduled for July 13, 6:30 p.m. 

Frederic Kellogg, Bridge at Waldoboro Bridge, 2013
17" x 21"
Private Collection

American University Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Donald Sultan's industrial landscape series, the Disaster Paintings, continues on view through September 4 at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Work in the exhibition, "Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings", is composed with industrial materials such as tar and Masonite tiles and based on events Sultan read about in his daily newspaper. The show comprises 12 paintings dating from 1984 to 1990, including Plant, May 29, 1985, from the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum. Organized by Ft. Worth's Modern Art Museum, the show will open at two other museums, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (September 23 - December 31), and Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska (January 24 - May 13, 2018), upon its conclusion in Washington, which was the third stop of a five-city national tour. It already has appeared at Modern Art Museum, Ft. Worth, and Lowe Art Museum, Miami. A catalogue is available (see image below).

Catalogue Cover Art

SAAM on FaceBookInstagram, and YouTube

✭ The exhibition "Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery" is ongoing. The show at the Renwick, part of the Smithsonian American Art Gallery, places on display more than 80 objects that celebrate craft as a discipline and approach to how life is lived. All of the objects are from the gallery's permanent collection and include new acquisitions, among them: John Grade's Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance), Judith Schaechter's The Birth of Eve, Marie Watt's Edson's Flag, and Akio Takamori's Woman and Child, all of which are being presented for the first time. Also on view is work by metalsmith Jennifer Crupi. The connections the artworks make are both explicit and subtle.

SAAM on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three spotlights a trio of recently published or forthcoming collections of poetry.

Ancients of the Earth: Poems of Time (Capturing Morning Press, Summer 2017) by D.A. Hickman ~ Hickman's first book of poetry, Ancients of the Earth "explores our shared human destiny via the constraints and luxuries of time." Hickman has published two nonfiction books: The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone (Capturing Morning Press, 2015) and Always Returning: The Wisdom of Place (Capturing Morning Press, 2014).

Cover Art

The cover image ("Sunrise Goose") is by John 'Fiskr' Larsen and the design by Michele DeFilippo of 1106 Design, Phoenix, Arizona.

D.A. Hickman on FaceBook

Lighthouse for the Drowning (BOA Editions, June 2017) by Jawdat Fakhreddine ~ Translated by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen, this bilingual collection is the first full-length collection of the Lebanese poet's works to be published in the United States. A resident of Beirut, Fakhreddine is a professor of Arabic literature and criticism at Lebanese University and publishes articles and poems in al-Hayat and al-Khaleej newspapers. His other poetry collections include Rural Illusion, A Beacon for the Drowning, and Skies.

Cover Art

Four Poems ("Three Sides of Death",  "Preparation", "A Session in Old Sanaa", and "Land") in Banipal (Issue 53, Summer 2015)

Jawdat Fakhreddine on FaceBook

Lessons on Expulsion: Poems (Graywolf Press, July 11, 2017) by Erika L. Sanchez ~  Sanchez's debut poetry collection captures the social, cultural, economic, and linguistic borders confronting her as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants. Winner of a "Discovery" poetry prize from the Boston Review and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Sanchez, of Chicago, Illinois, is also an essayist and novelist. Her book for teens and young adults, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (PenguinRandom House), is forthcoming.

Cover Art

Lessons on Expulsion at Graywolf Press

Erika L. Sanchez Website

Erika L. Sanchez on FaceBook

Graywolf Press

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Tal R

If you want an aesthetic discussion about when
a picture is fabulous, it's when something in the 
picture is an unpredictable movement.
~ Tal R

From December 2016 to May 2017, Danish painter Tal R* allowed the Louisiana Channel to interview him while he was at work on a series of nine railcar paintings he titled Habakuk (2017). Throughout the filmed conversation, embedded below, Tal R discusses his background and work, and how his paintings address the subject of time — past, present, and future. He also talks about his career as an artist, how "as an artist, you have to be as mystified as the observer." 

Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tal R and his family migrated to Denmark when the artist was a child. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen. Credited with helping to "bring painting back" following conceptual art's dominance of the 1990s, he exhibits throughout the world.

In the United States, "Tal R: Keyhole", at New York City's Cheim & Read Gallery, ran from January 5 through February 11, 2017. Overseas, his exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, "Academy of Tal R", continues through September 10.

* Tal R's full name is Tal Shlomo Rosenzweig.

Tal R Profiles and Art at Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), Saatchi Gallery, and Victoria Miro Gallery (London)

Read Jennifer Samet's interview, "Beer with a Painter: Tal R" at Hyperallergic (February 4, 2017).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'The Last Days' (Videopoem)

I have shown before some of the collaborative work of spoken word poet, novelist, and filmmaker Lucy English. (See the March 2, 2017, post "Thursday's Three on Poetry".) Today presents another opportunity to feature English's collaboration with filmmaker Marie Craven, The Last Days. The videopoem recently was added to English's poetry-film collaboration project "The Book of Hours". Lucy English both wrote and narrates the poem. Images are from the Prelinger Archives. The music is by Kevin MacLeod.

The Last Days from Marie Craven on Vimeo.

Text of Poem

Lucy English on FaceBook

Marie Craven on FaceBook,  Moving Poems, and Vimeo

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Muse: Podcasts With Poets

If you are unfamiliar with writer and lecturer Rachel Zucker's interviews with poets and other artists, you've been missing some excellent conversations. Browse here for just a few of Zucker's podcasts at Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). Visitors to the site can listen to the interviews and also download them.

Among the "other people" with whom Zucker has posted interviews are multimedia artist Wayne Koestenbaum, author Olena Kalytiak Davis, and writer and illustrator Andi Zeisler.

Zucker posts for each podcast a summary of the content of her interview, as well as "extra resources", which range from linked titles of the interviewee's books, to a list of links to other writers and books mentioned in each episode, to related links (e.g., essays, criticism, publishers, scholarship, other interviews found online).

Conversations with Poets on FaceBook and iTunes

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thought for the Day

. . . living a meaningful life is not about you
— it's about what you can give to the world. . .
about serving others and figuring out how you can
cultivate your talents, strengths, and gifts in order
to give back  to the world in some significant way.
~ Emily Esfahani Smith

Quoted from Eric C. Miller, "The Pursuit of a Meaningful Life: An Interview with Emily Esfahani Smith", Religion & Politics, April 4, 2017

Emily Esfahani Smith, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Penguin Random House, 2017)

Emily Esfahani Smith, Columnist (The New Criterion), Editor (Hoover Institution at Stanford University), Author

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for Leonie (Monterey Media, 2013), directed by Hisako Matsui. The film relates the story of Leonie Gilmour, whose son was the sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Leonie on FaceBook

Isamu Noguchi at American Masters (PBS) and The Art Story

The Noguchi Museum

Friday, June 16, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ For her installation Portraits of Exile, Shimon Attie submerged for six weeks underwater in Copenhagan's Borsgraven canal nine large light boxes mounted with transparency images, evoking both the 1943 Danish rescue of Jews and Denmark's far more opaque response to contemporary refugees. Attie, currently exhibiting in the St. Louis Art Museum's New Media Series, where her film The Crossing can be seen through June 25, creates not only site-specific installations for public spaces but also produces video installations and new-media works that examine relationships between place, memory, and identity. See more of Attie's work.

Portraits of Exile from Shimon Attie on Vimeo.

✦ A digital archive of Corita Kent's preparatory materials such as sketchbooks, completed screenprints, a biography, scholarly essays, and other resources has been established at the UCLA's Hammer Museum. Read "Corita Kent in the Grunwald Center Collection". Kent's personal art collection of more than 1,400 objects went to the center on the artist's death in 1986.

✦ Some 20 tons of recycled newspaper went into David Mach's creation of a tsunami wave. Watch Katie Spencer's video reportage on the installation, "David Mach's New Installation Uses Tonnes of Old Newspapers", at Sky News (May 2017). 

David Mach on FaceBook and Vimeo

✦ A full-time neuroscience researcher, Ted Asher, has been appointed by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Read "PEM Appoints Dr. Ted Asher as First-Ever Neuroscience Researcher at an Art Museum" (May 8, 2017). Also read Stav Ziv, "Art and  the Brain: Museum Near Boston Hires Neuroscientist to Transform Visitors' Experience", Newsweek, May 17, 2017.

✦ Inspired by Dante's Inferno, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) created between 1958 and 1960 a series of 34 drawings, XXXIV Drawings for Dante's Inferno, in which he introduced a transfer process to his practice of combining found objects and photographic imagery. Art lecturer Ed Krcma spent years identifying the images Rauschenberg used and elucidates his findings in Rauschenberg / Dante: Drawing a Modern Inferno (Yale University Press, May 16, 2017). The 208-page book features 80 color and 38 black-and-white illustrations.

Cover Art

Also see Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Drawings for Dante's Inferno (The Museum of Modern Art, June 27, 2017), featuring an Introduction by Leah Dickerman and poetry commissioned from Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis, published in conjunction with "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends", a major 2017 retrospective at the MoMA in New York City. The exhibition continues through September 17.

✦ Today, The Art Assignment brings us Odili Donald Odita, who talks about his work and presents an assignment about color.

The Art Assignment on FaceBook and Instagram

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, is featuring in her second solo exhibition at the gallery the work of Sabrina Gschwandtner of Los Angeles. On view through July 15 is "Sabrina Gschwandtner: Hands at Work"; comprising a video and 11 "quilts" constructed from deaccessioned 16mm film and presented in lightboxes,  the exhibition is a study of hands, craft, and montage. The footage selected shows hands physically at work — weaving, knitting, sewing, dyeing cloth, tying string, spinning yarn, and feeding fabric into machines — and examines the concepts of craft and art as practiced by women.

Sabrina Gschwandtner Film Quilt 

Sabrina Gschwandtner on FaceBook

Read Andrew Lampert's interview with Gschwandtner at BOMB (2013) in which the artist discusses editing, deterioration, and "women's work" in her film quilt series.

✭ In Oregon, Portland Art Museum continues through October 29 "CCNA: Connecting Lines", an exhibition of work by Brenda Mallory and Luzene Hill, both of whom are Native Americans. Hill's work takes as its subjects violence against Native women, female empowerment, and Native sovereignty. Mallory is showing her installation Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes, which she created during her 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Each of the artists discusses her work in her respective short below.

Read an essay for the exhibition and exhibition texts that describe the Mallory and Hill artworks.

Luzene Hill:

Brenda Mallory:

PAM at FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ North Alabama's Huntsville Museum of Art is displaying through August 6 the botanical paintings of Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967). The exhibition, "Burchfield Botanicals", features a selection of Burchfield's masterworks as paired with his early botanical sketches and watercolors, as well as objects from the Marchand Wildflower Collection, Buffalo Museum of Science, New York. Between 1908 and 1911, Burchfield created almost 500 sketches of wildflowers and plants found in the forests and fields near his childhood home in Salem, Ohio.


Collage of Burchfield Botanicals

Read more exhibition information and see additional images in this pdf flipbook on spring and summer shows.

Huntsville Museum of Art on FaceBook

✭ Currently on view at the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, are 50 paintings spanning six centuries of British painting. The exhibition, "Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection", includes work by Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Benjamin West (1738-1820), Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), John Constable (1776-1837), and John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). The show continues through October 1.

The Berger Collection (Denver Art Museum)

Taft Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ In "From These Woods", on view through September 1 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, you'll find examples of woodturning, carving, basketry, and furniture making hand-crafted by highly skilled artists from the Appalachian region. Among the artists represented in the show are Bill and Corinne Graefe of Phoenix Hardwoods, Floyd, Virginia; Alex Bannan, Roanoke, Virginia; Jennifer Zurick, Berea, Kentucky, and Norm Sartorius, Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Moss Art Center on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo