The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale AZ has a retrospective of the work of artist/architect Paolo Soleri open until January 28, 2018. Soleri studied at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and with the famous architect himself, although Soleri's designs took on a more amorphic and almost insect-like look about them.
Soleri and his students started making bronze bells as a source of income and an artistic outlet. The bells can still be purchased at Cosanti.
Architectural model for Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ
My family was fortunate to have another trip to Michigan's Mackinac Island again this year. We stayed at the Grand Hotel, whose legendary front porch and beautiful surroundings are a treat unto themselves. I wandered into the gallery area in the main Parlor which exhibits paintings from the world renowned Manoogian Collection. The Manoogians have exhibited over 400 paintings from their collection at the hotel for the past 25 years. Here is a sample of some of the pieces on display this summer.
The works on display include 19th and 20th century examples of many different types of painting genres and by a large collection of artists.
My assumption is that the cigarette and the way she looks down at the viewer indicate her liberated status.
This is just a small sample of the artwork on display, there are many fine examples of portraiture, tromp l'oeil, landscapes, still lifes, etc. The art on display makes an already worthwhile trip all the more special.
I participated in Cleveland Rooms to Let 2016 where curated a room that will feature the dinnerware designs of Cleveland Artist, Designer and CIA professor, Viktor Schreckengost. The installation will be called Everyday Dishes and is based on an exhibition I curated in 2004 at the Northern Clay Studio in Minneapolis called The Dinnerware Legacy of Viktor Schreckengost. The dishes Viktor designed when he worked for Salem China and American Limoges in Sebring, OH in the early part of the 20th century, were the dishes that people used to eat their daily meals and would have bought at stores like J C Penny, Sears and Montgomery Ward. They were not the good dishes that only came out a couple of times a year, but the ones that they grabbed for their morning toast and set their dinner tables with. The Rooms to Let Cleveland event will took place on May 21 & 22, 2016.
With many ongoing building projects in the works, archaeologists in London are quite busy as remnants of Roman occupation, the Bedlam cemetery, and other yet to be determined sites are uncovered during construction. They have found many skeletons and are doing DNA testing to determine cause of death, background, etc. It is hard to believe that such a busy modern city is also a very active archaeological site.
Shovels by Cal Lane
Artist Cal Lane uses metal as her palette and a torch as her brush. She creates amazingly intricate designs in found metal objects. Tools, pieces of old cars, etc anything rusty that she can transform into her lace-like creations.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition entitled Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse now through January 5, 2016. The exhibition, organized by CMA and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, looks at the role of gardens to artists such as Claude Monet, who was also a horticulturist.
The exhibition Beyond Materials: Woven Values at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan's Work Gallery. Takes a look at textile art outside the traditional. Beyond Material is curated by Kate Garman.
These photos are from the Nick Cave exhibition HereHear at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The exhibition is up until October 15, 2015. The show has featured interactive happenings throughout the metro Detroit area and there are still a couple of events coming up. You can check the Cranbrook museum website for more information.
Artist Kehinde Wiley will speak at Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium, Saturday August 29th at 2:00. His beautiful work harks back to an earlier style while creating very modern portraits. Wiley's recent one man exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum was very well received by the art world and the public, alike. The Cleveland lecture is part of the Cleveland Public Library's The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues.
Angel Fish, menu cover, 1939 by Frank Macintosh for the S.S. Lurline, Matson Line.
Before the advent of jet engine travel tourists made the trip to Hawaii by cruise liner. The S.S. Lurline owned by the Matson line was the flagship of the line. Frank Macintosh created lovely idealized scenes of Hawaiian life in the art deco style.
Salisbury Cathedral from Lower Marsh Close, 1820 by John Constable, National Gallery, Washington D.C.
This version was painted after the first one was thought to be "too dark" by the family. The spire is 404 feet tall, the tallest church spire in England. It is a Gothic style structure completed in the 1300's.