ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 James Abbot McNeill Whistler - Carnegie Museum of Art - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) was one of the most deliberately contentious, witty, and fiercely independent artists of his generation. Whistler rebelled against the established art world and resisted allegiances with avant-garde movements such as Impressionism. One of the most eminent advocates of the “art for art’s sake” philosophy of Aestheticism, he is considered by many to be among the best printmakers in art history. This exhibition presents Carnegie Museum of Art’s major painting and impressive collection of Whistler’s aesthetically radical prints and drawings revealing the evolution of his career in relation to his towering persona and place in the 19th-century art world.</p> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 02:03:06 +0000 Anne Neely, Tom Chapin - Center for Maine Contemporary Art - August 4th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>This is the third exhibition in a series that pairs the work of a painter and a sculptor. It brings together the richly colored, mosaic-like paintings of artist Anne Neely and the spare, elegantly abstracted work of sculptor Tom Chapin. Grace, weight, and balance are hallmarks of each artist's work, as is a reverence for the natural world. Both artists have had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad, and their work is represented in the collections of many major institutions. Neely lives in Jonesport, Maine, and Milton, Massachusetts, and Chapin splits his time between Phippsburg, Maine, and Los Angeles.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:40:09 +0000 Samantha Appleton - Center for Maine Contemporary Art - August 4th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>Photographer Samantha Appleton, whose work comprises the exhibition <em>Here From There</em>, covered the war in Iraq for three years. After that, she covered the last U.S. presidential campaign for the <em>New Yorker</em> magazine and then became an Official White House Photographer for the Obama administration. For Camden, Maine, native Appleton, these profoundly different experiences were merely different sides of the vortex of modern history, and the images she created reflect rather than contrast each other. This exhibition suggests that to make a line, you must make a circle -- like the idiosyncratic Maine saying, "You can't get there from here."</p> <p> </p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:46:09 +0000 Ken Greenleaf - Center for Maine Contemporary Art - August 4th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>Ken Greenleaf's exhibition, <em>Intercept,</em> presents selections from two of his recent series of works on paper. The Blackwork pieces are black, messy, and reworked again and again. The Gauge works are almost polar opposites: They are colorful, neat, carefully arranged, and done in one set of actions. Together they bracket the range of how Greenleaf looks at things. Greenleaf's work has been in more than thirty exhibitions nationwide and is in the collections of many major museums. He and his artist wife, Dozier Bell, currently reside in Waldoboro, Maine.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:50:04 +0000 - Denver Art Museum - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has invited the community to participate in an inspired design challenge by creating a solution to a design issue in their neighborhood and bringing it to the museum for display.</p> <p>Following the <em>Open For Design</em> <a target="_blank" href=""><span class="links">submission drop-off</span></a> on July 28, the museum will put the designs on view in <em>Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge</em>, opening August 4, 2012, in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building.</p> <p>The DAM challenges everyone—no matter their age or skill level—to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Submissions can be an object, a model, a sketch or even a photograph. Whatever the form of the submission, flat or 3-D, it must fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space and adhere to a <a target="_blank" href="">set of guidelines</a>. </p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:02:09 +0000 James Ackerley Porter - G Gallery - August 4th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Inspired by personal interactions, professional experiences, and pictures and text fragments culled from magazines, websites, and junk mail, James Ackerley Porter’s work is filled with stark visual contrasts and subtle textures. Drawing on a fascination with mass media, religion and popular culture, and a love for the quirkiness of his own family’s interpersonal dynamic, Porter’s <em>Watch &amp; Adsorb</em> features highly graphic collages alongside refreshingly simple portraits filled with humor and imagination.</p> <p>James Ackerley Porter was born in Seattle, Washington in 1967.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Drawing from Central Washington University in 1995.  Exhibitions featuring his work include: <em>Ulterior Motifs </em>IV at The Art Guys World Headquarters, <em>Camp Marfa </em>in Marfa Texas, and <em>Redundant Recursions </em>at G Gallery. His solo exhibitions include <em>This Conversation Does Not Include You, </em>at Tacoma Contemporary and Ingram Hall University Art Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University.  He also works under the pseudonym of Franklin Ackerley with Texas artist Jeff Franklin Wheeler.  Porters works reside in private collections across the country.  Previously the senior Preparator for the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington, he recently relocated to Wichita, Kansas, to be the Designer/Preparator for the Ulrich Museum of Art.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 23:36:56 +0000 - Nasher Museum - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>For a second year, the Nasher Museum of Art is collaborating with Duke’s Office of New Student Programs to present an art installation accompanying the incoming freshmen summer reading book. This year’s selection, <em>State of Wonder</em> by Ann Patchett (2011), is a novel that follows an American pharmacologist as she seeks out her former mentor developing a fertility drug in the heart of the Amazon. Over forty works of art from the Nasher’s permanent collection, ranging from Ancient American ceramics to contemporary Chinese photography, explore themes such as maternity, bioethics, biodiversity, and post-colonialism.</p> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:12:25 +0000 - Phoenix Art Museum - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, artists from Latin America have embraced photography as a means of capturing their surroundings, documenting episodes of social injustice and political upheaval, and constructing images of national identity. This exhibition features photographs and one video work that evoke a potent sense of place, some in a literal sense and others metaphorically. Drawn primarily from Arizona collections, the selected photographs reflect distinctly national realities, cultural idiosyncrasies, and subtle political undertones.</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:12:31 +0000 Group Show - Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art - August 4th, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>This display examines how, at the end of the nineteenth century, many of Australia’s most talented artists were drawn to Europe to study due to greater opportunities for patronage. Featuring paintings by the ‘Heidelberg’ artists Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton who all shared an interest in French Impressionism. Large scale works by AME Bale, Vida Lahey and Rupert Bunny reflect the continued emphasis on the competition or salon piece in the early twentieth century. Works by E Philips Fox and John Russell show the development of vibrant new painting styles. In addition, portraits by George W Lambert and Hugh Ramsey show how these artists took particular inspiration from Diego Velázquez and American-born artist John Singer Sargent, their contemporary, to paint with a bravura style that placed a new emphasis on the face and the figure.</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:15:35 +0000 - Tampa Museum of Art - August 4th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Just in time for the visiting Republican National Convention, the Tampa Museum of Art and the University of South Florida Libraries are pleased to announce the opening of <i>Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons</i> on Saturday, August 4, 2012.</p> <p>This thought-provoking exhibition presents 59 editorial cartoons lampooning more than 100 years of political discussion from both sides of the fence, drawn exclusively from The Mahan Collection of American Humor and Cartoon Art, Special &amp; Digital Collections, University of South Florida Tampa Library.</p> <p>The cartoon collection – dating from 1871 to the present day – has never before been publicly displayed.</p> <p>“This first-time exhibition underscores the importance of visual arts in storytelling, and offers a timely forum for discussion, just as Tampa is hosting the Republican National Convention,” said Todd D. Smith, the Museum’s executive director.</p> <p>Dr. Charlie Mahan, Dean and Professor Emeritus in the USF College of Public Health, started collecting political cartoons, animation art and comic strips from auctions and antique stores in 1950. Through letters and meetings with cartoonists, his collection grew in scope and continuity. He donated it to the USF Tampa Library in 2006.</p> <p>“My love of American history and my love for cartoons came together in college at West Virginia University, when I did extensive research on the powerful effect political and editorial cartoons have in influencing thought and policy,” Mahan said.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 07:16:53 +0000 Francisco José De Goya y Lucientes, Enrique Chagoya - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p><em>Goya/Chagoya</em> features eight sets of prints—one by Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) paired with its counterpart by American artist Enrique Chagoya (born Mexico City, 1953).</p> <p>At first glance, Chagoya’s prints appear to be copies of Goya’s work. A closer look reveals important differences. Chagoya’s work is both an homage to Goya’s art and an updating of it. Their messages are timeless.<br /> <br /> Goya was court painter to the Spanish Crown and a keen observer and chronicler of his world. In 1799, he published a series of 80 prints that presented witty but bitter critiques of Spanish society. His <em>Caprichos</em> (follies or foibles) satirized greed, ignorance, flattery, evil, deceit, abuse of power and other human vices.</p> <p>Two hundred years later, in 1999, Chagoya issued a series of prints entitled <em>Return to Goya</em>, which similarly lampooned contemporary vices and mannerisms. The Stanford University art professor wrote:</p> <p>“The concept of this work is based on the question: How would Goya have portrayed events in the 20th century if he had witnessed it, if he had traveled in time? My etchings are my own version of the answer, without the pretension to compete with the old master.”</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:22:03 +0000 Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso - The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - August 4th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso’s lifelong connections with Britain will be the highlight of the summer season at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2012.</p> <p><em>Picasso and Modern British Art</em> will examine Picasso’s evolving critical reputation here and British artists’ responses to his work. Originating at Tate Britain, this pioneering show marks the first time that the two organisations have collaborated on a major exhibition.</p> <p>The exhibition will comprise over 150 works from major public and private collections around the world, including over 60 paintings by Picasso. Highlights will include masterpieces from all periods of his career such as his great 1925 painting, <em>The Three Dancers</em>, which the Tate acquired from the artist following his 1960 exhibition,and major cubist paintings from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.</p> <p>Among the British artists for whom Picasso proved an important stimulus, and whose work will be included in the show, are Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon.</p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 02:46:36 +0000 Siddhartha Tawadey - Art Plural Gallery - August 7th, 2012 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>Art Plural Gallery is pleased to launch its <b>Emerging Artists Programme</b> with the photography exhibition of Indian artist Siddhartha Tawadey titled <b>Siddhartha Tawadey: Sans Souci.</b></p> <p>Shot in an abandoned mansion on an undisclosed location, Sans Souci creates an ambiguous space in which to explore notions of beauty, memory and history. The series of twelve prints present a compelling portrait of a place in time and a way of life at once fading and being reinvented with each new season. Poetic focus on relics of an indelible past draws from the viewer a sensation or memory, allowing fluid narratives to form in a visual setting of stasis and decay.</p> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:52:58 +0000 Jeff Wall - The Art Gallery of Western Australia - August 8th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Participate in The Bureau of Ideas at the Art Gallery Café. The title of this discussion is <em>Jeff Wall: The Seduction of Fiction</em>which will be considered by guest speakers Philip Goldswain of UWA and Dr. Juha Tolonen of ECU.</p> <p align="left">Chairperson : Julian Goddard</p> <p style="margin-top: 0;" align="left"><em>The Potential of Banal</em><br /> Despite their cinematic staging, much of Jeff Wall’s art begins with an examination of the banal. These observations are amplified by its photographic representation, drawing on imagery and techniques from other media and traditions, which transform these day to day moments. Wall’s practice offers the opportunity to consider the implications of these translations of the everyday and what it means for both art and photography.</p> <p align="left">Philip Goldswain<br /> Associate Dean/Lecturer, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, University of Western Australia</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0;" align="left"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0;" align="left"><em>Is it Still Photography?</em><br /> Jeff Wall has played a significant role in photography's move into the realm of high art. Like other practitioners of new photography he discards the documentary for the cinematic. As a result, we no longer seek out traces of reality in the pictures, but rather, traces of the artist's hand. We discard the genius of the medium, for the genius of the artist. It’s art, but is it still photography?</p> <p align="left">Dr Juha Tolonen<br /> Adjunct Lecturer, School of Communication and Arts, Edith Cowan University</p> <p align="left">Cost: $10 &amp; $5 concession at the door.</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 00:19:28 +0000 Johannes Vermeer - The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) - August 8th, 2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM <p>Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience one of Johannes Vermeer’s 35 known works, on view for &gt;five weeks only at the Detroit Institute of Arts.<br /><br />A work by Vermeer, one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age, has not been on view in Detroit since 1947. Woman Holding a Balance is an intimate depiction of domesticity that reveals Vermeer’s masterful use of light, proportion, and symbolism.</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 03:09:10 +0000 Jane Alexander - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - August 10th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Jane Alexander’s hybrid mutants speak to the porous borders between humans and other forms of animal life. Alexander acts as a surveyor mapping the forces, interests, and passions at play in human behavior. Her sculptures, installations, and photomontages are firmly rooted in her South African experience. They also transcend their locality, revealing the disparity felt every day around the world between the rhetoric of peace and decorum and the human capacity for oppression and violence. Alexander’s body of work throws into relief the asymmetric relations and practices that preclude access for so many people to a free and dignified existence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) </em>is<em> </em>a major exhibition of  works by important South African artist Jane Alexander and is organized by the Museum for African Art (MfAA), New York, and supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is guest curated by Pep Subirós.</p> <h4>About the Artist</h4> <p></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jane Alexander, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, works primarily in sculpture and photomontage and is widely known for her sculpture, <em>Butcher Boys </em>(1985-86) in the collection of the South African National Gallery. Alexander’s solo exhibitions include <em>Jane Alexander: On Being Human</em> (2009) at the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral, <em>Survey</em> (2009) at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, <em>Jane Alexander </em>(2000) at Gasworks in London, and <em>Bom Boys and Lucky Girls</em> (1999) at the University of Cape Town, Irma Stern Museum. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in international group exhibitions including the Venice, Havana, Gothenburg, Tirana, Bamako, São Paulo, Singapore, and Dakar biennials. She has also participated in such group exhibitions as <em>Africa Remix</em> (2006) exhibited in Europe, Japan, and South Africa; <em>Apartheid: The South African Mirror</em> (2007) in Spain; <em>Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art </em>(2004) in the USA; and <em>The Short Century</em> (2002) in Germany and the USA. She currently teaches at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 20:04:54 +0000