2150 - U.S.A. - JACKSONVILLE-FLORIDA - Assemblage/Collage - 02.05.2015-30.08.2015

Phil Parker, Twelfth Street Wheel, 2009. Assemblage/collage: oil/acrylic/wood/paper/found and fabricated objects, 63 × 58 × 6 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Flagler Beach artist Phil Parker works primarily in mixed media, assemblage, and collage. “These assemblages begin with a vague organizing principle, a mental ground, so to speak,” he writes in his artist statement. “The focus might be about flight or travel or surveying or whatever I’m deeply interested in at the time, things I’m passionate about. The journey begins by collecting all the information, data, imagery, objects that I feel have a direct, discreet, or symbolic association with that idea.” From this point, he constructs his compositions much the way a jazz musician writes music. “I need to explore dozens of options; if I don’t, I probably won’t hit those one or two that present the right direction the piece will take. That union that you know will work together like the logic found in music. You have to edit yourself ruthlessly to make this happen.”

MOCA - Assemblage/Collage - 02.05.2015 - 30.08.2015

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2149 - U.S.A. - JACKSON- MISSISSIPPI - George Wardlaw, A Life in Art: Works from 1954 to 2014 - 29.05.2015-30.08.2015


Raised on a farm in northeastern Mississippi during the years of the Great Depression, George Wardlaw emerged from humble beginnings to become an artist—at Ole Miss—and a member of the avant-garde scene in New York City during the 1950s and ‘60s. He flourished as an important figure in American art and an influential teacher at Yale University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he continues to live and work.

This exhibition features thirty-four quintessential works, many large in scale, from among the hundreds created by Wardlaw over the course of more than six decades. They were selected by Dr. Roger Ward, the MMA’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, to illustrate the trajectory of Wardlaw’s artistic development from his roots in Abstract Expressionism through the era of Color Field painting, Pop Art, and Minimalism to the individualistic and personally expressive character of his contemporary work. The exhibition will include Wardlaw’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures from the collections of other museums such as the de Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Wichita Art Museum in addition to works from the MMA’s own collection.

The exhibition will bring to life the important book published in 2012: George Wardlaw: Crossing Borders, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s long career. The critical essays in this book offer an extended look into the unfolding of a lifelong dialogue between abstraction and spirituality, played out on canvas, forged in metal, constructed in objects, sculpture, and installations.

Mississippi Museum of Art - George Wardlaw, A Life in Art: Works from 1954 to 2014 - 29.05.2015 - 30.08.2015

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2148 - U.S.A. - INDIANAPOLIS-INDIANA - Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art - 22.05.2015-15.11.2015


Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art is the artist’s first solo exhibition at an encyclopedic museum. Grabner is perhaps best known for her intricate, labor-intensive abstract paintings, made with silverpoint and black gesso and others inspired by fabrics found in the domestic sphere. Working also in photography, drawing, video, sculpture, and installation, Grabner has consciously made her art reflect her life, as she draws from her everyday experiences as artist, professor, curator, critic, as well as mother and wife.

Over twenty years ago, Grabner began making her extensive series of “paper weavings.” These works have come to represent the rich interwoven nature of her overarching artistic practice, one that endeavors to work both in and outside of traditional networks and systems. She actively threads together the various roles she has undertaken in the art world, from co-curating the Whitney Biennial last year to managing a leading contemporary art space called The Suburban with her husband, artist Brad Killam, on the grounds of their home in Oak Park, Illinois.

Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art, curated by Tricia Y. Paik, will feature painting, video, photography, a monumental installation of her weavings, plus sculpture made with Killam. The exhibition will also debut a new series of photographic work inspired by the Indianapolis Colts’ 2014 season.

Michelle Grabner (b. 1962, Oshkosh, WI) holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, as well as an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. Most recently, she was featured in her first comprehensive solo museum exhibition at MOCA Cleveland (2013–2014). Other solo exhibitions have been held at INOVA, The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (2012); Ulrich Museum, Wichita (2008); and University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal (2006). She has been included in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009); and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2008), among others.
A professor at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1996, Grabner was also chair of its painting and drawing department from 2009 to 2013. She has served as visiting faculty at Yale University, Bard College and University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among other publications.

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art - 22.05.2015 - 15.11.2015

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2147 - U.S.A. - HUNTINGDON-PENNSYLVANIA - Unraveled: Paintings by Afarin Rahmanifar - 16.04.2015-12.09.2015


Born in Tehran, Iran, Afarin Rahmanifar has emerged as one of the leading Persian painters working today. Her artistic vision originates, she says, “at the intersecting points of eastern and western culture.” She understands her journey toward her present identity as an American Iranian woman through these concepts: “Separation”…from what one has been a part of. “Belonging”…to that which is different. “Appearing,” then “disappearing,” then “reappearing” again. Rahmanifar strives to show the body as a vessel, moving through this Journey, taking in new experiences for the mind to process. The intellectual and emotional parts of the self are changed through the act of Separation; the changed self belongs both to the past and to the present. In her work, Rahmanifar says, she creates “ideal feminine figures or spaces,” portraying the Feminine as desiring not just beauty, poetry and seduction, but also desiring, as does the artist herself, to tell her personal stories, which have shaped her life as a woman. Rahmanifar’s paintings, lyrical and mystical, intricate and exquisitely beautiful, are informed, too, by the great mystical Sufi poet Rumi, of Persian literature. Her work has been widely collected and exhibited across the United States and internationally at venues including Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University. She has an upcoming show at the Kala Art Institute Academy in Panaji, Goa, India in 2015.

JCMA Museum of Art - Unraveled: Paintings by Afarin Rahmanifar - 16.04.2015 - 12.09.2015

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