Month: April 2019

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place: Chat with Janet Baker, at the Phoenix Art Museum

Episode 112: Today I talk to Dr. Janet Baker, the curator of Asian Art at the Phoenix Art Museum. We talk about the Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place exhibition. It goes until May 26, 2019.

Unknown, Portrait of a Beauty, late 19th century. Colors and gold on ivory
(painting), ebony, copper, glass (frame). Newark Museum Gift of Dr. J. Ackerman Coles.

Unknown, Interior of the Taj Mahal (1631–48) in Agra. Newark Museum
Anonymous gift 00.2158B
Pendak Skirt with Woman and Sheep and Floral Motifs, Java, Indonesia, before 1923,
Netherlands East Indies Period (1800–1942). Cotton, resist-wax print (batik). Newark
Museum Gift of Dr. H. H. Rusby, 1923 23.396
Molded Luster Tile with Sentence Fragment in Raised Calligraphy, Floral,
Avian and Geometric Motifs, Kashan, Iran, first half of the 13th century.
Molded fritware polychrome painted over white slip under transparent glaze
Newark Museum Gift of Herman A. E. Jaehne and Paul C. Jaehne, 1938

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Both at Once: Chat with Amanda Uribe & Natalie Kates of the Latchkey Gallery

Episode 118: Today I talk to Natalie Kates and Amanda Uribe from the Latchkey Gallery. We talk about the Both at Once exhibition, which features the art of John Rivas and Raelis Vasques. Both are from South America. They each explore the issue of belonging in their own ways through their works. The exhibition is at 340 E.64th St. in NYC. It goes from April 25-May 18, 2019

Te Extraño, John Rivas
Mixed media on canvas
60 x 36 in

Llegando a la frontera,John Rivas
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 52 in
Los Primos de Philly, Raelis Vasquez
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
The Beautiful Ones,Raelis Vasquez
Oil on canvas
40 x 56 in

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Wendy Hickey, ArtPop Street Gallery Charlotte

Episode 116: Today I talk with Wendy Hickey of ArtPop Street Gallery. Wendy is known as the “fairy art mother,” here. She puts art on unused and available spaces like billboards and newspaper stands. She’s literally turning our city into an art gallery. [It makes waiting in traffic fun]!

All images used with permission. c. ArtPop Street Gallery

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Rosalia Torres Weiner, Charlotte “Artivist,” Muralist

Episode 117: Today I talk to a local “artivist” and muralist, Rosalia Torres Weiner. She has literally painted my whole neighborhood red…and a whole lot of other colors. I love it! She’s turned my neighborhood, as well as many others in Charlotte, into a gallery. With her Red Calaca Studio art truck, she brings art and hope to immigrants.

Rosalia Torres-Weiner’s mural for the “Gateways/Portales” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast Washington.

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Museum of Bad Art [MOBA]

Episode 115: Today I talk with Michael Frank. He’s the chief curator at the Museum of Bad Art [MOBA] in Somerville, Ma., where their motto is “Art too bad to be ignored.”

ELVIS DESCENDING A STAIRCASEThom Donovan16″ x 12″, acrylic on velvetDonated by the artist September 2009. Employing materials often associated with kitsch, the artist presents variation on a theme by Marcel Duchamp, reflecting the steady decline of an American legend.
THINK AGAIN Richie 20″ x 16″, acrylic on canvas Rescued from trash by Scott Wilson MOBA # 83 This disturbing work “makes an offer you can’t refuse”. The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensification, our society’s reflexive use of force, and the artist’s inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal. Controversy surrounds this painting. After being accepted into the Permanent Collection by MOBA’s Esteemed Curator, the museum was informed by friend of MOBA, Ken Roberts of Canary Studios in Oakland CA of the existence of a frighteningly similar work in his own private collection. The piece depicts an equally groomed horses head and an identical member of the Jackson family, against a dark blue background. Do you have evidence that this is this an original work or art or a reproduction? Have you seen it before? If you have any information that can help exonerate the curator of charges of gross dereliction of duty — or if you have any evidence that can nail his esteemed ass once and for all – please leave it in the comments section of the Friends Of MOBA sign up sheets.
THE DANCE OF FAMILY RELATIONSJake? (illegible), June 23, 200336″ x 48″, oil on canvasRescued from trash in Brooklyn, NY anddonated by Louis Frank June 2009 Nine older people surround a long, coffin-like table, seemingly about to enjoy a meal. Most of them are gaze directly at the viewer, while one couple shares a private joke. Two of the figures are out of out of focus, possibly indicating that they are deceased. A negative-space silhouette feast before them lacks detail. Images of of cell division (mitosis) are interspersed with representations of Doc Edgerton’s iconic strobe photos of a bullet shattering a light bulb along the top of the painting, and likenesses of his “milk drop coronet” strobe photos line the bottom. The over-the-top imagery, combined with the painting’s title (written on the back of the canvas), seem to illustrate Albert Einstein’s assertion that “time is relative.”

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors

Episode 111 : Today I talk to Faith Brower, of the Tacoma Art Museum about the Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s exhibition, In the Footsteps of My Ancestors. I’m fascinated with indigenous art, of which Jaune is one of the U.S.’s finest talents.

Featured Image credit: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith; King of the Mountain, 2005; Oil on canvas 72 x 96 inches, diptych: Collection of the artist

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
The Swamp, 2015
Oil on canvas
60 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the Accola Griefen Gallery
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Tongass Trade Canoe, 1996
Mixed media on canvas, plastic baskets on shelf
60 x 150 inches, diptych
Collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum, gift of John W. and Carol
L. H. Green

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Art Without Limits

Episode 110: Today I talk with Julie & Jodie McLeod about Art Without Limits, a non-profit in Santa Barbara, Ca. It’s a unique program that connects Artists with mentors.

Art professionals that can really train them and give them a practical education that you can’t get in art school. They learn the real world day-to-day of the artists, they learn how to market, how to do finances, how to promote and sell. Best of all this is free! They are required to give back to the organization and the mentor.

Tom Pazderka,

Fateful Tide, 2011

Acrylic, plaster, emulsion, asphalt, and salt on board

Andi Schoenbaum
Intervals, 2011
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 in. (triptych)

Elite Henenson
Blood Moon, n.d.

Sol Hill
Landscape no. 0211, 2014
Mixed media metagraph: photography, Japanese paper, acrylic and canvas

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