Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On a Day Like this in 2008, George Renick Passed Away


INDIANA---George Renick, 91, of Indianapolis, passed away at 3:00 p.m. on November 26, 2008 at his home with his family at his bedside. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Margaret; only son, Jim Renick; step daughter, Susan Disney. In addition, Mr. Renick's loved ones include Susan Disney's husband, Lenard, their two children, Greg and Michele, and their families. This includes Greg Disney's husband, E. Tahlib Britton, Michele Moriarty's husband, Bob and their two children. Mr. Renick's great grandchildren, Tyler and Courtney. [link]

Donatello Exhibition Heading to Museum of Biblical Art in New York

By Menachem Wecker
Donatello’s “Saint John the Evangelist” will be among the sculptures from Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomoat at an exhibit at New York’s Museum of Biblical Art that opens in February. (Antonio Quattrone; Copyright Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore)
ITALY---There are still three months before nearly two dozen sculptures from the late-14th and early-15th centuries must leave Florence for New York, but Monsignor Timothy Verdon is nervous about the treasures, which are moved only rarely. “I will be in uninterrupted prayer until the works are back in my museum,” said the priest, who directs Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which is lending the art out while the museum undergoes renovations. The sculptures, which were created for the Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo), are headed to the Museum of Biblical Art on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to be showcased in the exhibition “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello,” opening Feb. 20. [link]

New Women of Arabia at the New Museum of New York

By Lilly Wei
Boushra Almutawakel’s series “Mother, Daughter, Doll” (2000) challenges Western conceptions of
NEW YORK---Remarkable in its breadth and depth, the recent exhibition “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum offered New York its first comprehensive survey of contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa. Even more remarkable, of the 45-plus artists on view, many shown for the first time in the United States (although they’ve often appeared in international exhibitions and biennials, including Documenta, Venice, São Paulo, and Sharjah)—almost half were women. It’s a percentage, still rarely mustered in major exhibitions in the United States or elsewhere, that raises a number of questions. [link]

For Met Museum, a Major Gift of Works by African-American Artists From the South

By Randy Kennedy
Thornton Dial (American artist, 1928-) The Last Day of Martin Luther King 1992 "
NEW YORK---The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that it had received a major gift of 20th-century works by African-American artists from the South, including 10 pieces by Thornton Dial and 20 important quilts made by the Gee’s Bend quilters of Alabama. The works, 57 in all, are being donated by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which was begun in 2010 by the scholar and collector William S. Arnett to raise the profile of art by self-taught African-Americans. An exhibition at the Met devoted to works from the foundation is planned for the fall of 2016. [link]

Chris Ofili: Can Religious Art Still Shock Us?

By Alastair Sooke
The Holy Virgin Mary (Chris Ofili)
NEW YORK---“Ambitious”, “vibrant”, “gorgeous”: these were just three of the adjectives marshalled by American art critics to salute the mid-career retrospective of the British artist Chris Ofili that opened at the New Museum in New York last month. Fifteen years ago, though, when Ofili participated in a group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, the reception he received was anything but rapturous. In fact, it was downright brutal. The opprobrium was directed at his unforgettable painting The Holy Virgin Mary (1996). [link]

Despite Controversy, Religious Art Increasingly Popular in Iraq

Iraqi artist Wissam Ghadi paints a portrait of Shiite Imam Ali in his
Sadr City studio on the outskirts of Baghdad, Dec. 25, 2003. (photo by REUTERS/Ali Jasim)
IRAQ---Painter Mohammed Hetlr has been preoccupied with drawing and painting sacred Shiite figures from Iraq and around the world. He has been making good money selling his work and, in an interview with Al-Monitor, said that he considered his painting to be part of his “religious duty” to express his faith and ideological commitment. This art, which often comes from the Naive school of painting, has become very popular with many Iraqis, who have acquired the custom of hanging the paintings on their walls, in their grocery stores or official institutions and mosques. [link]

"Exhibit B" Still On Display in Europe, and Still on a Hot Seat

By Doreen Carvajal
The South African artist and playwright Brett Baily, right, working with an actor this month during a rehearsal of "Exhibit B" at the Musée Saint-Croix in Pitiers, France. The show is a live performance of 12 scenes of silent actors.
FRANCE---Jelle Saminnadin plays a black odalisque, a seminude Congolese slave gazing in a gilded mirror. A leather bond encircles her neck and chains her to a bed of lace and pillows in a scene mimicking a colonial human zoo of the early 20th century. The image is one of a dozen living portraits in a traveling art installation, “Exhibit B,” by the South African playwright and installation artist Brett Bailey, who calls it a critique that exposes the roots of racism in the human menageries that flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly in major cities of Europe, starting in Germany.[link]