Having viewed last week the Matrix exhibition at David Krut (at Montebello) I’ve come away with a renewed respect for great printmaking artists. The plates (and sometimes series of proofs) alongside the final prints serve to illuminate the artists’ respective processes. Artists represented are Deborah Bell, William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Stephen Hobbs, Senzo Shabangu and Mary Wafer. After seeing the linocuts of Shabangu, Hobbs and Kentridge, I am quite interested to start exploring this medium. It seems to produce the flat, thick dark lines and surface areas that I am interested in but cannot achieve with the drypoint etching I am doing.
The list of printmaking terms (including visual examples) provided by the website is very useful – have a look here.
Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests are beautiful creatures. Not everybody might think of them as art, but I absolutely do.
For video, see here.
I have just finished this biography on Joseph Cornell: Utopia Parkway (imagine such an address!)
This is a link to the documentary Worlds in a Box (1991 ) about Cornell’s life and work.
A fantastic archive of his papers in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art:
Links to some of his amazing boxes and collages:
These two links are aimed at younger students:
His surreal movies (some of which he made by splicing together strips of old movies, others he made by employing a camera man and sometimes an actress and walking with them directing “scenes”) are not as well-known, but worth watching. Here are two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQxtZlQlTDA (Rose Hobart)
Some thoughts on teaching performance art, but well worth reading for anyone interested in performance art.
Art Review’s Power 100 list for 2013 has been released – the contemporary art world’s 100 most powerful figures for 2013. Sadly I counted only 23 actual artists on the list. The bulk – collectors, gallerists, curators. Yes, well …
Interesting exhibition (in London, UK) on contemporary African art. (Five South African artists are represented.) Photography as a medium seems to be very popular.
I am quite drawn to the Mohamed El Baz (Morocco) , El Loko (Togo) and Boris Nzebo (Gabon) contributions.