Saturday, July 30, 2016

Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts

Initial B: The Trinity, cutting from a gradual, about 1460-70, Ferrara, Taddeo Crivelli. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Religious experiences are deeply personal, yet throughout history individuals who have spiritual or mystical encounters have attempted to share their visions with wider audiences. These "unseen" experiences, recorded by Jewish and Christian authors in antiquity, were translated in new ways by the illuminators of medieval and Renaissance books. The innovative images in this exhibition offer visual entry points to the ineffable nature of faith. The Getty Center: Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts (Through September 25, 2016) [link]

Bowes Museum Acquires "St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child" by Dieric Bouts the Elder

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, Dieric Bouts the Elder.
UNITED KINGDOM---The Bowes Museum announced that it has secured funding from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650, to acquire an outstanding 15th century painting deemed an important British cultural asset and initiating a partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In November 2015, the Government placed a temporary export bar on the painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder, to allow the opportunity for it to remain in the UK. It is of exceptional interest due to its close associations with Dieric Bouts, regarded as one of the leading Netherlandish painters of his time, and the subject matter it depicts. Both these elements are extremely rare, and comparable examples do not exist in the UK. [link]

Friday, July 29, 2016

Coloring Books and New Works by Chicago Artist Daniel Mitsui

By Daniel Mitsui
ILLINOIS---I recently passed the sixth anniversary of my full-time self-employment as an artist and have been giving thought to the future. I have already begun some intense research and experimentation with new methods for drawing and composition that are described below. My first coloring book, The Mysteries of the Rosary, has just been published by Ave Maria Press. It is available for purchase from the publisher, or on Amazon. A second, The Saints, will be published in November. [link]

Iranian Posters Exhibit Offers a Glimpse of Visual Language

By Naama Rib
A poster by Mehdi Saeedi from the "Sign from Iran" exhibition. Courtesy of Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
ISRAEL---“I couldn’t get into Iran, so I brought Iran here,” says graphic designer Yossi Lemel, who together with Czech curator Marta Sylvestrova put together the exhibit “Sign from Iran,” on display at the Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem until November 19. Lemel’s interest in Iranian culture began when he was a graphic design student at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design 30 years ago. [link]

Tom Torluemke's "A Little More Suffering From The Hand Of God"

By Tom Torluemke
A Little More Suffering From The Hand Of God, 2016) by Tom Torluemke
ILLINOIS---Tom Torleumke's new book, "SYMPTOMS" will be released at an opening exhibition (both titled, "Symptoms") with a selection of the original drawings on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. [link]