Thursday, March 22, 2018

MOCA’s new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls

MOCA's new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls
JACKSONVILLE, FL---In “Project Atrium: Anila Quayyum Agha,” the new exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s Haskell Atrium Gallery, two laser cut steel sculptures suspended from the ceiling with lanterns inside cast patterns of light on shadow on the gallery’s walls. The exhibit, titled “The Greys In-Between,” is the work of Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. For the purposes of the exhibit, the walls of the 40-foot-high Atrium Gallery have been painted charcoal grey. The patterns cast on those walls are inspired by Islamic architectural motifs. As they hang from the ceiling the sculptures, gradually, almost imperceptibly, are turned by a motor and the patterns on the walls slowly change. “Visitors should stop and look and stay and explore,” said MOCA curator Jaime DeSimone said. [More]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The vulnerable oil paintings of Washington state's Aleah Chapin

By Andy Smith
"Between the tides" Oil on canvas, 38 x 66 inches
Aleah Chapin’s vulnerable figures exist within a spectrum of emotions: joy, contemplating, stoicism. Yet, in each, the painter has the ability to tie our natural states to nature itself, often crafting lush environments for her subjects. The artist is particularly influenced by the region she inhabited in her youth. “Intimate, revealing and personal, the latest paintings by [Chapin] explore the passage of time as seen through the body; depicting friends and relations, all of whom she has known throughout her life growing up in a unique island community on the US Pacific Northwest Coast,” a recent statement says. “ … Set within a wild Pacific landscape, Aleah Chapin portrays the physical journey of the body in poetic terms, imbuing the forms of the older women with natural, sensuous vitality.” [More]

Theological center in Atlanta welcomes artist Gilbert Young as artist-in-residence

"We Shall Gather at the River" (1992) by Gilbert Young
ATLANTA, Ga---The International Theological Center's Gilbert Young Artist-in-Residence Program (ITC/GY) is a new venture for ITC. The artist’s presence on campus, and proposed arts and cultural projects are designed to be a component of ITC’s religion and arts program and expand its engagement with the surrounding community. The plan is to develop innovative, unique programming that will expose students of all ages, and the community at-large, to fine African American art in an intimate studio/gallery setting on the ITC campus. ITC believes this program can expand the awareness and use of visual arts by our students and graduates in worship and ministry contexts. Gilbert Young is a nationally renowned artist, muralist, and art conservator. Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. [More]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A billionaire businessman raises the bar in collecting and philanthropy

By Anthony Calnek
Now the couple is parting with 26 masterworks from their collection, the proceeds from which will go entirely to a non-profit family foundation. To be auctioned at Sotheby’s in May, the collection is estimated to bring in excess of $75 million, which will help the Mandel Foundation achieve its mission “to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive and compassionate societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.” From its headquarters in Cleveland, the foundation supports leadership training, management excellence in the non-profit sector, the humanities, urban renewal and Jewish life. [More]

In NYC today, ‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical all-stars

By Jason Farago
Some of the life-size paintings in “Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings From Auckland Castle,” at the Frick Collection. Credit Michael Bodycomb
NEW YORK---About 10 years ago, the English church tried to sell off a dozen paintings in Auckland Castle, the former home of the bishops of Durham: full-length portraits of the biblical Jacob and 11 of his 12 sons, painted in the 1640s by the earthy Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán. (A 13th painting, of Jacob’s youngest son, Benjamin, belongs to an aristocratic collection.) An appeal went out, a pious financier stepped up, and, holy of holies, both the Zurbaráns and the castle are now owned by a charitable trust. Auckland Castle is currently closed for restoration, with a view to exhibiting religious art of the past and present, and its 12 Zurbaráns — united with the 13th, happily — are on an American holiday. After an initial outing at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, they’ve arrived at the Frick Collection, where they ring a single gallery like benevolent watchmen. [More]