October 20th, 2014

supersonicart:

Scott Scheidly, “The Pinks 2.”

Up now at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California until the end of October is Scott Scheidly’s second solo show at the gallery involving his pink pop culture portraits, “The Pinks 2.”  The unorthodox portraits deal with social perception and symbology to address the way one might view the world around them.  Be sure and check out the show if you’re in the San Francisco area.

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October 20th, 2014

hyperallergic:

(via Another Vandal Hits Jeff Koons Retrospective)

Last night, a graffiti writer identified by the New York Times as Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, vandalized a fourth-floor wall of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art. According to the Times, the NYPD said he was “arrested on charges of criminal mischief, making graffiti, possession of a graffiti instrument, and criminal nuisance … He was taken into custody by police after he struggled with the museum’s security guards.”

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What are your thoughts on the recent vandalism at the Whitney’s Jeff Koons exhibition?

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October 20th, 2014

artandsciencejournal:

Food For Thought: Art is Good For Your Brain!

A recent study by University Hospital Erlangen in Germany suggests that, other than relieving stress, coming into contact with art specifically by making art works or crafts, can create “a significant improvement in psychological resilience”. This is due to the excessive use of motor and cognitive processing in the brain, stimulating it. Such discoveries are beneficial especially to the elderly, as creating art keeps the brain healthy, which could help slow down the onslaught of memory loss. You can read more on the findings here.

Science, engineering and all other typically ‘non-artsy’ fields have artistic elements about them; in fact, mathematical equations, DNA and even microbiological elements can be seen as works of art all on their own, serving both aesthetic and educational purposes. Even bacteria, manipulated by scientists such as Eshel Ben-Jacob, can create psychedelic patterns based on natural formations due to change in temperature or environment. The results are truly groovy.

A certain amount of creativity and a sense of design were definitely needed to create “inFORM”, an invention from MIT which allows users to interact with objects through a screen (yes, the digital kind). This invention is capable of rendering 3D objects physically, allowing users to interact with each other no matter how far away they are.

Not only can our artistic side create new inventions or help us see the scientific world in a different light, but art can help keep the brain active and healthy for many decades, or in the case of Hal Lasko, almost a century. The 99 year old, who passed away this year, worked as a typographer in his youth, making fonts by hand. After becoming partially blind in his senior years, Lasko turned to digital mediums such as Microsoft Paint, creating over 150 digital pieces.

Art it seems is a lot more beneficial to us than merely another creative outlet and stress-reliever, and we have science to thank for reaching that conclusion!

-Anna Paluch

Reblogged from Art & Science Journal
October 20th, 2014

Inspired by this beautiful fall day? Don’t forget to stop by your local art museum to check out our autumn-inspired pieces! 

Above, from UMMA’s collections:
Jeannette Klute, from Woodland Portraits 1950
Pierre Daura, Autumn Color and Log Cabin 1935
Leon Makielski, Autumn 1905

October 20th, 2014

Take a Piece of Michigan Home With You

These beautiful pieces of wood are on sale now at the UMMA Store! Not only do they represent the finest in hand carved art, they are a beautiful part of the University itself. The Michigan Wood Project was started in an effort make positive use of trees felled around campus. When trees must be removed, usually due to construction or disease, the wood is sent to artists around the nation who turn it into beautiful art. Come see these and many other great pieces in the UMMA Store!

October 20th, 2014

This Week: History of Art Graduate Student Symposium

Join us Saturday, October 25th from 9-5 in UMMA’s Helmut Stern Auditorium for the History of Art Graduate Student Symposium: On Absence: Loss and Immateriality in Art and Architecture. For more information, visit UMMA’s online event listing.

Hope to see you there!

October 20th, 2014

itscolossal:

Girl with the Pierced Eardrum / Banksy

In honor of all the false hype about Banksy today.

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October 20th, 2014

SMTD@UMMA: Benny Green: Lineage

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Join us Saturday, November 22, from 7–9pm for SMTD@UMMA: Benny Green: Lineage

UMMA’s exhibition of women Minimalist painters celebrates the exchange of ideas between two generations of artists. Newly appointed U-M Jazz piano professor Benny Green makes his UMMA debut with an exploration of his musical lineage. This performance will be a dialogue with the past, the present, and the future of Jazz.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

Lead support for the exhibition Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960-2014 is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, Elaine Pitt, the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Department of the History of Art, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

Find more information on his performance here.

October 20th, 2014

Fred Tomaselli brings jarring “The Times” exhibit to UMMA

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"Tomaselli’s use of unconventional material, mixed with his fearless taste for the controversial, makes him a modern art aficionado’s dream, a perfect example of the beauty that can be created from something that millions of people throw in the trash each day."—The Michigan Daily

Read the full article here.

October 20th, 2014

Fred Tomaselli’s The Times exhibition is currently on view at UMMA through January 25, 2015. If you did not get a chance to come to the artist’s Penny Stamps Lecture at the Michigan Theater in early October, we’ve got you covered—watch it online right now.

Learn more about The Times exhibition and related events here.

October 19th, 2014

UMMA Dialogue: Two Generations of Women Minimalist Painters

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960-2014 offers a fresh perspective on Minimalism and its evolution, paying particular attention to the approaches and artistic practices of two generations of women Minimalist painters. Please join exhibition curator and U-M alumna Erica Barrish (pictured above) and Alison Gass, Associate Director for Exhibitions, Collections, and Curatorial Affairs at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, for an exploration of the impact of the first generation of women painters on the current discourse and practices of women painters working today.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at UMMA on Sunday, November 16, 3–4:30pm.

Lead support for the exhibition Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960-2014 is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, Drs Bertram Elaine Pitt, the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Department of the History of Art, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

October 19th, 2014

hyperallergic:

(via Matisse’s “Swimming Pool” Goes on View for the First Time in Two Decades)

When Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs opened this past Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the artist’s only site-specific cut-out piece went on public view for the first time in over 20 years.

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October 19th, 2014

Happy birthday to Umberto Boccioni! Born this day in 1882, Umberto helped shape the Futurist movement. 

Above:
Umberto Boccioni, The City Rises
Umberto Boccioni, Charge of the Lancers, 1915

October 19th, 2014

A Collector’s Personal Perspective

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Leonard A. Lauder, the cosmetics tycoon, tells the story behind some of the Cubist works he recently donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Read the article here.

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