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03 April 2020

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  • Recreate Famous Art: Homemade Masterpiece Challenge
    02 April 2020

     

    Art museums may be closed right now due to the coronavirus, but there are still ways to engage with art.

    We could all use a bit of light right now. So while you are homebound, inspired by the Getty, we challenge you to recreate famous art from museums using just yourself, your loved ones, pets and/or objects from your home.

    Here are some loose guidelines for recreating your art masterpiece:

    • Choose your favorite artwork
    • Find three things lying around your house
    • Recreate the artwork with those items
    • Take a picture and share on social media using hashtags #HomemadeMasterpiece and #betweenartandquarantine.

    Feel free to adapt this challenge as you see fit.

    Get inspiration for artwork from Columbus Museum of Art’s online collection featuring everything from Impressionist masterworks to modern American masterpieces and more.

    You can also check out some of the creative ideas from people who responded to the Getty’s art challenge.

    In addition to Columbus Museum of Art’s online art collection, check out online art from museums such as The Met, Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, and many more.

    We can’t wait to see what creative art recreations everyone comes up with!

    The CMA staff took the challenge this week to give you ideas to get you started. Check out some of their recreations below. As you can see from the first example, we think maybe our Development Operations Coordinator may have a budding pet model on her hands.

    – Jennifer Poleon is the Digital Communications Manager for Columbus Museum of Art, and the organizer for CMA’s groundbreaking #MobilePhotoNow mobile photography exhibition.

  • Odd Little Lifes: a creative still life exercise
    02 April 2020

    by Assistant Gallery Director Haven Ashley

    For our series “Art in your Inbox,” Art League staffers are sharing lighthearted exercises to give you a boost of creative endorphins. Dive into fun and informal, quick projects—an apéritif to your greater artistic pursuits. 

    “New Sheriff” by Haven Ashley

    My creative exercise, Odd Little Lifes, is an example of “leaning in,” because life feels odd at the moment. Join me in one of these moments to consider the objects that now surround us 24/7, and make a still life out of this odd life. 

    Set up your surface and background.

    To begin, make your background crisp, white, and unobtrusive; think—rice cracker. You can accomplish this by using a bedsheet, a few pieces of mat board, foam core, or thick white paper. I used a scrap of drywall, which I wouldn’t recommend. (As it threw off the white balance.)

    Gather your materials.

    Sort through your sundries following my four-part formula:

    Something edible

    Citrus fruits and bottles of hot sauce always deliver visually, as do canned goods with great packaging. Labels add the graphic interest of text. I choose two jalapeños and a tin of anchovies. Beautiful to look at and, technically, edible.  

    Something meaningful

    There are lots of options here: family photos, old birthday cards, jewelry. Reference a memento mori by using your child’s baby teeth or something with visible mold. Anything you collect will do: river rocks, sea glass, ticket stubs. If it smacks of an heirloom, use it. My choice was a family photo (Sarasota, circa 1993.

    Something colorful

    We creatives are always drawn to color. Pick something whose hue alone brings you sheer satisfaction, regardless of its form. A color you’d like to dive into, to bite into. My selection was an old reliable: a vase and a rose.

    Something mysterious

    What makes an object mysterious? Perhaps it’s the act of taking an object out of its context, removing its purpose, and making it sit pretty. A mysterious object is one that feels nice in the palm; something that would please a pickpocket or a bowerbird. It should reflect light or add texture. Find something that makes you ask yourself, “why do I even have this thing?” I choose a copper marble and a pair of crystal ornaments. When you know, you know. 

    Experiment with placements.

    When arranging your still life, space objects in varying distances from each other to add depth to the visual plane.  Change the compositions often, swap out different items, scrutinize the lighting. I used this as an opportunity to experiment with photography, but Odd Little Lifes plays well as a subject for drawing and painting. 

    Share your Odd Little Lifes.

    Please share your experiments with Odd Little Lifes on our Instagram: tag us @theartleague, and use the hashtag #createsomethingmore.

     

    “Sand Babies” by Haven Ashley“Eastward” by Haven Ashley

    The post Odd Little Lifes: a creative still life exercise appeared first on The Art League.

  • US Cultural Sector Mobilizes to Provide Coronavirus Relief to Artists and Institutions
    02 April 2020
    As millions of Americans attempt to cope with social and financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic—more than ten million people filed for unemployment benefits over the last two weeks
  • Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
    02 April 2020
    An immersive, abstract video landscape shows droplets of indigo dye periodically dispersing in water, blossoming into hypnotically morphing, pendulous chandeliers. They model the osmotic way viewers
  • Nuit Banai rereads Celan in a state of exception
    02 April 2020
    LAST MONTH WAS SUPPOSED TO MARK the grand opening of the Albertina Modern in Vienna. Instead, the city’s last public gathering took place just days before the museum’s scheduled opening, on March 8,
  • Kathleen Bartels to Lead Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art
    02 April 2020
    The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Toronto has named Kathleen Bartels as its next executive director and CEO. Bartels most recently served as director of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), which
  • People are Recreating Famous Artworks Using Whatever They Have at Home During Quarantine
    02 April 2020

    By sporting a bonnet fashioned out of toilet paper and clutching a celery-stalk cigarette, people are finding ways to engage with their favorite artworks from a distance. This week, the Getty challenged folks to imitate classic pieces with whatever they can find around their homes and has since gotten thousands of hilarious (and well-done) responses.

    The Los Angeles museum’s call was inspired by the account Between Art & Quarantine, which has been asking people to choose three aspects of their favorite works to recreate using anything they’ve got at home, hence the pets, kids, and vegetables in the mix. Check out a few of the Getty’s picks on its Instagram, and don’t forget to take a peek this hashtag for some gems. (via Design You Trust)

     

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  • J. Paul Getty Trust to Give $10 M. in Coronavirus Relief Funds to Los Angeles Arts Organizations
    02 April 2020

    Over the past week, many have demanded that the J. Paul Getty Trust—one of the richest arts funds in America, with an endowment of $7 billion, as of last year—start funding arts spaces and organizations that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the foundation has heeded those calls. On Thursday, the Los Angeles–based organization said it would release $10 million in funds to art museums and organizations in the Californian city.

    James Cuno, the trust’s president, said in a statement, “At this juncture, we are moved by a sense of responsibility to support many of those same organizations as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout.”

    The news came just days after the Art Newspaper published an op-ed by Jori Finkel addressed to Cuno in which she called on the trust to support those in its surrounding community. “I’m singling out the Getty because of its enormous wealth, experience, and commitment to philanthropic activity,” Finkel wrote.

    Exact details about the grants have not yet been released, though the J. Paul Getty Trust has promised that it will finalize them soon. The trust said it was working with the California Community Foundation to administer the funds, and that grants would range from $25,000 to $200,000.

    Other grant-making organizations have also announced similar initiatives, though none have come with quite as much money. Earlier today, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation said it would give out $5 million in relief funding, and yesterday, the Andy Warhol Foundation announced plans to award $1.6 million in grants.

  • Renato Danese, Celebrated New York Gallerist and Ardent Supporter of Artists, Is Dead at 76
    02 April 2020

    Renato Danese, a New York dealer who passionately supported the artists with whom he worked, has died at 76 after a short battle with cancer. Carol Corey, who has ran a New York gallery with Danese called Danese/Corey for more than two decades, confirmed his death.

    Danese’s career was an unusual one for a gallerist, in that he had spent years in the museum world before moving into the market. Having held various positions at notable museums across the United States, Danese had a no-frills approach to working in galleries.

    In an interview with the Art Dealers Association of America, a consortium of galleries, he was asked what advice he might have for fellow gallerists. He responded, “Have an ethical compass. Make sure the artists are paid first. Work with them as partners and honor your commitment to them. Don’t use the term ‘stable.’ It’s demeaning.”

    Danese got his foot in the door of the museum world early on. After getting a graduate degree in art history from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he took a curatorial position at the Washington Gallery of Art, where Walter Hopps, a former gallerist who was at the time one of the nation’s most well-respected curators, saw potential in him. (The Washington Gallery of Art later became the now-defunct Corcoran Gallery of Art.) After that, Danese became a curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    In 1978, Danese departed the institutional sphere for the market and didn’t look back. He briefly operated a branch of Light Gallery in Los Angeles, and two years later, he became a director at Pace Gallery, which is now one of the biggest enterprises in the world of its kind. From 1980 until 1995, he worked at that gallery, and then he briefly was a senior partner at C & M Arts.

    Danese carried with him an old-school mentality that artists and art mattered more than sales. In a 1999 article written on the occasion of Leo Castelli’s death, Danese praised the dealer for taking such a sustained interest in his artists. “Today there’s so much emphasis on competition and sales and the bottom line and the cost and overhead of running a gallery that those qualities sometimes can get lost,” he told the Baltimore Sun.

    In 1996, Danese formed his own eponymous gallery, which was at first located in New York’s Midtown neighborhood. In 2008, it moved to 24th Street in Chelsea and then, in 2013, relocated to its current location on 22nd Street, becoming Danese/Corey in recognition of the gallery’s director Carol Corey, a partner in the business. (Danese had hired Corey away from the now-closed Knoedler Gallery, where she had been a vice president, in 1998, two years after his gallery’s founding.)

    Danese primarily focused on secondary-market work at first, but the gallery currently maintains a roster of living artists, among them Roz Chast and Deborah Butterfield.

    “Our job is to help develop the market,” Danese once said, speaking of his gallery’s work, “to do everything possible through the exhibition program to ensure that museums, collectors, and [the] press have an opportunity to recognize an artist’s achievements.”

  • Museums Thank Healthcare Workers by Sharing Medical-themed Art
    02 April 2020
    Harrison Fisher’s Red Cross poster (ca. 1917) from the Woodrow Wilson House Collection (courtesy the Woodrow Wilson House)

    While many of us are hunkering down at home, healthcare professionals are some of the essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a gesture of appreciation to their efforts, several art institutions have been saluting doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers by sharing medical-themed artworks from their collections under the hashtag #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes.

    The campaign was organized by Mara Kurlandsky and Adrienne Poon at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. The museum shared Mary Ellen Mark’s photograph “Nurses Working, Novartis – China” (2012) on Twitter yesterday, April 1, with the words: “Thank you to all the healthcare workers and frontline staff who are working 24/7 to keep us healthy and safe during this difficult time.”

    The Whitney Museum followed with Edward Hopper’s 1900 “Study of a Nurse and Child Walking in the Park”, adding, “Today we join the museum community to thank the healthcare workers, caretakers, hospital maintenance workers, and all who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.”

    Today we join the museum community to thank the healthcare workers, caretakers, hospital maintenance workers, and all who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We're sharing this #EdwardHopper drawing of a nurse and child in the park for #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes today. pic.twitter.com/aQGV0fqKGK

    — Whitney Museum (@whitneymuseum) April 1, 2020

    Today #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes for everything they do! In "Country Doctor" (~1933–1939), also known as "Night Call," a country doctor leads his horse & covered cart, presumably to tend to a patient. Pippin’s painting quietly celebrates the dauntless and gallant doctor, as do we. pic.twitter.com/KC0kPBpdwq

    — Museum of Fine Arts (@mfaboston) April 1, 2020

    The High Museum of Art in Atlanta joined the campaign with Doris Derby’s 1968 photograph “Nurse and Doctor, Health Clinic in the Mississippi Delta.” Derby, who is based in Atlanta, is is an educator, anthropologist, and photojournalist. At the time she took this photograph, she was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Adult Literacy Project.

    #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes–We’re joining the initiative to show gratitude to the brave healthcare workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Thank you for all you are doing to keep us safe & healthy!

    Doris Derby, "Nurse and Doctor, Health Clinic in the Mississippi Delta," 1968 pic.twitter.com/I73xax2GbE

    — High Museum of Art (@HighMuseumofArt) April 1, 2020

    To the doctors, nurses, & medical personnel, we cannot thank you enough for your hard work, but we will try. #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes // An undated photo of a dr. examining a girl. CHM, ICHi-026150. Nurse Florence Watson treats Lovie Bernard, Chicago, 1970. ST-19030953-0005, CHM pic.twitter.com/fDbjlW25DG

    — ChicagoHistoryMuseum (@ChicagoMuseum) April 1, 2020

    Alongside a number of other photographic tributes to nurses and doctors, some institutions honored healthcare workers professionals with exhibits of medical equipment and uniforms. For example, the Canadian Museum of History shared an image of a nurse’s hatpin from its Canadian Nursing History Collection. The First Corps of Cadets Museum in Boston posted an image of a 19th-century surgeon’s kit and the Museum at FIT, a fashion museum in New York, shared nurse uniform from the same period.

    #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes
    Nurses are essential healthcare workers, especially in times of war and sickness. The distinctive uniform – cap and starch white collar, cuffs, and smock – was developed during the mid-19th century.
    American Red Cross nurse uniforms, c.1918 and 1941-45 pic.twitter.com/EVNP5Hg1ct

    — Museum at FIT (@museumatFIT) April 1, 2020

    We're joining the #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes initiative in expressing our deepest gratitude to the healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

    Pictured: Albert Gleizes, “Portrait of a Military Doctor” (1914-15); © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. pic.twitter.com/t1zuMt9U09

    — Guggenheim Museum (@Guggenheim) April 1, 2020

    More abstractly, the Guggenheim Museum shared Albert Gleizes’s “Portrait of a Military Doctor” (1914-15) and the Albright-Knox Gallery posted Georges Seurat’s monochromic crayon painting “La nourrice (Nurse)” (1884–85).

    The list goes on with more museums from across the globe seizing on this opportunity to pay tribute to the heroes of the day.

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