Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Now on View at the Dallas Museum of Art: Newly Restored Early Renaissance Painting

The Segovia Master (active in Castille, Spain, c. 1500), St. Bonaventure with the Tree of Life,
c. 1490, oil, gold leaf, and silver leaf on panel, Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Campbell, 28.2014.1.
TEXAS---A rare example of early Renaissance Spanish painting, St. Bonaventure with the Tree of Life, has been restored in the DMA’s Paintings Conservation Studio and is now on view in the Dallas Museum of Art’s European galleries on Level 2. The picture is part of the Museum’s conservation program to collaborate with private collectors on the study and care of their collections, and then present the works in the DMA galleries for public viewing. Saint Bonaventure (1221–1274) was a Franciscan friar and one of the most important Catholic philosophers of the late Middle Ages. In this painting, he is shown next to a “Tree of Life,” a diagram that was meant to serve as a visual aid, helping the faithful remember twelve spiritual lessons of the life of Christ. [link]

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Present Captivating Works by Video Pioneer Bill Viola

Bill Viola (American, b. 1951), The Crossing (detail), 1996
INDIANA---The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced an exhibition of works by the world-renowned video pioneer Bill Viola. "Bill Viola: Capturing Spectacle and Passion" will feature two works by the acclaimed video artist. On loan from the Dallas Museum of Art, "The Crossing" (1996) consists of a double-sided screen with two videos simultaneously projected—one featuring a man being engulfed in flames, the other a man consumed by water. The 12-minute spectacle confronts the eternal cycle of life, death and the hope of rebirth. Also on display is "The Quintet of the Silent" (2001), a work from the IMA’s contemporary collection. The exhibit opens Sept. 26 in the June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: "Bill Viola: Capturing Spectacle and Passion Exhibition" (September 26, 2014-January 20, 2015); June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries; 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana; (317) 923-1331; imamuseum.org

Typing a Classic: Banned Books Week in Indianapolis

By Will Higgins
Tim Youd, performance artist, types an entire work of literature on one sheet of paper.(Photo: UM Communications)
INDIANA---All this week, Banned Books Week, a man will camp out in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, in the large picture window that fronts the sidewalk, and type. He is the performance artist Tim Youd, who specializes in typing works of literature. Entire books. Word for word. On a typewriter. Youd lives in Los Angeles. He is 47. He has typed books by some of the 20th century's greatest writers — This week Youd will type Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451,"which is about censorship and book burning, a fitting way to mark Banned Books Week. [link]

Giving to National Arts Education Because it Works

By Christina Logothetis
It's September. Fall is in the air. It's a new school year for students, parents, and teachers. And once again, last week was National Arts in Education week—a time to join together to celebrate the arts in education each year. All of us here at Americans for the Arts share a common vision: a nation where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. While people like you understand and appreciate the value of an education rich in the arts, our nation continues to undervalue the arts as a creative learning force. Please, show your support and invest in arts education across the country and in communities like yours by contributing today. That will take us one step closer to the vision we all share for the future. [link]

Gilbert and George Target Religious Extremism

Eccentric artists Gilbert & George have unveiled an exhibition of more than 
60 new pieces drawing on the East London neighbourhood where they live.
UNITED KINGDOM---They're the best known duo in contemporary art. Gilbert and George have an anti-elitist approach, seeking to make "art for all" with a clear focus on their East London neighbourhood. They put themselves on display in each of their pieces, keen to provoke and mock the establishment. Their new exhibition at the Ropac gallery in Pantin, just outside Paris, shows how their art is changing and taking a political turn. Gilbert and George tell Clovis Casali why they feel religion is exacerbating tensions around the world. [link]

More Americans See Influence of Religion Waning: Poll


(Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues has gone up 6 percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections, to 49 percent from 43 percent, the Poll Research Center survey found. Also, a growing minority of Americans, up to 32 percent from 22 percent in 2002, think churches should endorse candidates for political office, the poll found. Overall, it showed 72 percent of Americans say religion is losing influence in the country, up 5 points from 2010. [link]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jewish Artists Reflect: "The Binding of Isaac" by Marlene Burns

Art by Marlene Burns
Art by Marlene Burns ©2013. More of her artwork can be seen on her website.
Artist’s Statement: This image is an expression of the Torah portion we read on Rosh Hashanah, telling the story of the binding of Isaac (the akedah). The akedah was the tenth and final trial that G-d presented to Abraham. The first trials are shown as imperfect orbs, building momentum as they approach the red orb, the final trial. The black column running through the center of the image represents the moment of silence between the two words when the Heavenly voice called out, "Abraham...Abraham!" During this moment, Abraham was transformed from having blind faith in G-d, to having perfect faith. [link]