U.S.A. - VALPARAISO-INDIANA - The Art of the Newel: The Jay W. Christopher Collection


Newel post, 1880s – 1890s,

Aesthetic / Eastlake /
Renaissance Revival, walnut,
composite, applied ornament,
refinished, height: 57.5 inches

Curated by Erika Lusthoff, Christopher Collection Curator, and Rolf Achilles, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago

In this fascinating exhibition that relates to architecture, decorative arts, and interior design, the Brauer Museum of Art presents selections from Jay W. Christopher's collection of antique newel posts, originally part of historic twentieth-century homes and beautifully restored. The exhibition and its accompanying brochure are firsts in terms of their in-depth presentation and study of these fixtures from historic homes.

Brauer Museum of Art    23.08.2011 - 18.11.2011

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U.S.A. - SHELBURNE-VERMONT - Paperwork in 3D

Paperwork in 3D features the work of 23 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art.

On exhibit at several galleries throughout the grounds, Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

From mid-June to mid-August daily scheduled activities in Kalkin House help visitors explore many of the artistic techniques used by the artists in the exhibition.

Featured Artists:

Book Arts: Tom Allen, Doug Beube, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, Matthew Reinhart, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Robert The.

Sculptural/Dimensional Arts: Lauren Clay, Emma Hardy, Matt Hawkins, Nava Lubelski, Riki Moss, Matt Shlian, Michael Velliquette.

Origami: Brian Chan, Joel Cooper, Robert Lang, Chris Palmer, Jacob Zimet and Family.

Cut Paper: Beatrice Coron, Bovey Lee, Karen O’Leary, Jared Andrew Schorr, Hunter Stabler, Nami Yamamoto.

Shelburne Museum        15.05.2011 - 30.10.2011

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U.S.A. - SEATTLE-WASHINGTON - Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40

Eight Builders, Jacob Lawrence, 1982

SAM hosts an exhibition featuring highlights from the City of Seattle’s art collection, specifically from the portable works collection. This retrospective exhibition marks the office’s 40th anniversary, and includes works by Northwest luminaries such as Jacob Lawrence and Guy Anderson and contemporary artists such as Margie Livingston and Marie Watt. Also on view will be photographs, artist drawings and proposals for dozens of public artworks in the city’s collection of nearly 400 permanent artworks.

In 1971, city leaders created the Seattle Arts Commission, including creating staff positions. The office name was changed to Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2002, and the Arts Commission (now volunteer positions) partners with the office to support the arts community. In 1973, Seattle was among the first cities in the country to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance, which helped build the city’s rotating collection of more than 2,800 artworks.

SAM     11.05.2011 - 23.10.2011

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U.S.A. - SANTA MONICA-CALIFORNIA - Beatrice Wood: Career Woman - Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects

Beatrice Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Teapot, 1980, 15 x 13 inches

Beatrice Wood: Career Woman—Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects will offer a comprehensive survey and a new assessment of this emblematic California artist—a scholarly, commemorative evaluation of Wood, whose extraordinary life and career traversed and contributed to the cultural and artistic highlights of the entire 20th century. SMMoA Executive Director Elsa Longhauser and Deputy Director Lisa Melandri are co-curators for the exhibition.

Beatrice Wood: Career Woman will include over 100 works of art. The exhibition will begin with Wood’s early Dada work, which includes drawings, paintings, posters, prints, and illustrated albums and travelogues. Wood first encountered Dada—a primary creative and personal influence—in New York, arising from her intimate friendships with Marcel Duchamp and the collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg. It was Dada that first inspired Wood to become an artist, and it shaped her creative thinking for the rest of her life. The exhibition will then go on to feature prominent examples of Wood’s ceramics created from the 1940s until her death in 1998. Wood was exceptionally prolific, even given her remarkable longevity. She repeatedly investigated and revisited a number of subjects, forms, and materials over a 60- to 70-year period.

Though Wood did not turn to ceramics until 1933 at the age of 40, she became an accomplished clay artist and went on to produce some of her most notable works well into her 90s. Her experimentation with ceramic glazing and firing was extraordinary, a compendium of clay technique. She first began to experiment with clay pieces that took the form of tiles or plates. By the 1980s, Wood was creating objects on a much larger scale, such as colossal goblets more than a foot tall and wide. The exhibition will survey the full range of her ceramics—from the miniature to the large-scale, from the utilitarian to the decorative, and from the vessel to figures, scenes, and tableaux.

Santa Monica Museum of Art   10.09.2011 - 03.03.2012

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