Posts Tagged 'contemporary art'

Connelly Staff Recommends: Artificial Hells

Artificial Hells
By Claire Bishop. 2012.
Main Stacks: N6494.I57 B57 2012

Like all good criticism, Claire Bishop’s Artificial Hells adds both context and complexity to the subject it examines. This book traces the lineage of participatory art (the author’s umbrella term for socially engaged art, social practice, political art, etc.) and gives a historical frame of reference for investigating the current incarnations of this form of art-making. Throughout her work, Bishop maintains a critical stance and offers an insightful assessment of this practice. She refuses to unquestioningly accept the social and artistic worth or efficacy of participatory art, and makes a convincing argument of the need to refine the standards by which we judge such works. To her credit as well, Bishop deftly incorporates into her arguments the work of complex theorists and philosophers like Jacques Rancière and Felix Guattari – making their concepts clear and relevant in relation to her position. Artificial Hells is a book well worth reading for those interested in contemporary artistic practice or the intersections of art and social/political action.

Recommended by Matthew Ducmanas, Circulation Supervisor.

Journal of the Month: Shifter

Shifter

The Journal of the month for December 2013 is new to the library’s collection. Shifter is a topical magazine that aims to illuminate and broaden our understanding of the intersections between contemporary art, politics and philosophy. The magazine remains malleable and responsive in its form and activities, and represents a diversity of positions and backgrounds in its contributors.

Shifter’s 21st issue, Other Spaces, considers the body as a site where architecture’s traditional polarities of private and public collapse. This polarity, mirrored in the distinctions we draw between individual and social freedoms and domestic and political action are challenged every day by spontaneous, collaborative re-imaginings of space. Moore faculty member Rit Premnath is a founding editor of the journal and in addition to receiving the most recent issue, the Library has also acquired all twenty back issues. Come by to see Rit’s work! (shifter-magazine.com)

Journal of the Month: Ceramics Now

Ceramics Now Magazine The Journal of the Month for May 2013 is new to the collection: Ceramics Now. Ceramics Now began as an online platform with the goal of making contemporary ceramics a more visible art field and to support innovative ideas by bringing together artists from different communities. The magazine focuses on personal approaches with interviews, reviews and artists profiles of new and world-renowned ceramic artists. Online you will find additional information on contemporary ceramic art exhibitions and jobs and residencies.

Issue Two introduces the work of over 35 international artists, beginning with Ken Eastman, Kimberly Cook, Patricia Sannit, Marianne McGrath, Annie Woodford, Suzanne Stumpf and Ruth Power, and continuing with a special feature on Romanian ceramic artists, and a preview feature for Copenhagen Ceramics gallery. The issue also inaugurates the magazine’s new review category.

Be sure to browse this month’s journal, along with the rest of our journal collection!

Journal of the Month: Professional Artist

ProfessionalArtistProfessional Artist is dedicated to providing independent visual artists from all backgrounds with the insights, encouragement and business strategies they need to make a living with their artwork.

Each issue of the magazine presents practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as articles to help artists feel encouraged and motivated. Both the print magazine and the Professional Artist website provide a comprehensive list of Calls to Artists (ad postings for shows, competitions, residencies, grants, and exhibition opportunities).

Volume 27, Number 2 Features:
“Word-of-Mouth Promotion”—Elena Parashko explains how electronic messaging and social-media platforms can be utilized to increase word-of-mouth promotion for artists.

“The Importance of Being Part of a Group Exhibition”—Terry Sullivan’s article discusses the benefits of participating in a group exhibition, focusing on the Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide exhibition put on at 25CPW in New York.

“Artists as Inventors: How Innovative Individuals Have Made an Impact on the Arts Supply Industry”—Kim Hall presents the stories of six artists who persevered to bring their creative passions and business ideas to life.

Be sure to browse this month’s journal, along with the rest of our collection!

Journal of the Month and Spring Break

WomenintheArtsIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Journal of the Month for March 2013 is Women in the Arts.

Women in the Arts is published three times a year as a benefit for members of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The museum brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.

Volume 31, no. 1 features:

“A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony”—Innovative painter Anna Ancher (1859-1935) was an integral part of a seaside artists’ community at Skagen, in northern Denmark. Her landscapes, interiors, and portraits are remarkable for their light-filled Impressionist technique and their anticipation of the twentieth century.

“Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape”—Grand’s landscapes express a profound connection with the earth, evoking the exhilaration, wonder, and serenity she experiences when traveling to remote sites.

“Exploring the Archives”—NMWA’s Archives of Women Artists contains the papers of artist Edna Reindel, who created iconic paintings of WWII-era women at work.

Be sure to browse this month’s journal, along with the rest of our collection!

Also, as a reminder, the Library is open regular hours over Spring Break. If you are in town and feel like getting ahead (or caught up), please come in.

We hope you have a restful week off!

Journal of the Month: Asian Art News

AsianArtNews

The Journal of the Month for December 2012 is Asian Art News.

Asian Art News focuses on engaging issues surrounding contemporary art in Asia. The magazine includes articles on art history in Asia, news, poetry, and artist profiles.

Volume 22, No. 6 Features:

From Japan: From Flowers to Fireflies – Yayoi Kusama stands as a truly iconic figure at the center of contemporary art worldwide. Her boldness, sensitivity, and willingness to take risks have been central to the success of her extraordinary oeuvre. Her art and its associations are as relevant today as they were five decades ago.

From Hong Kong: Transcending Time – Over the past decade, mid-career painter Tsang Chuimei has carved out a unique position for herself in the Hong Kong art world. Her painting embraces both modern Western art expression and Chinese literati traditions. Tsang’s refreshing and unique aesthetic beckons the viewer into her private and introspective world.

From India: The Conundrum of Modern India – The world of contemporary Indian art is a dynamic, rich, and colorful one. Due to the vast range of ethnic cultures and their singular expressions, contemporary India can only be glimpsed at in a single exhibition. But a recent exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art provided a vibrant snapshot of India’s contemporary art scene.

Be sure to browse Asian Art News along with all the other journals the Library has to offer!

Additional Judy Chicago works in ARTstor

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party (overview), 1974-79

ARTstor, your source for high quality art and architecture images, has added nearly 400 works by Judy Chicago. Chicago, an author, artist, educator, and icon of feminist art, has been creating politically-charged works since the 1970′s. As one of the most prolific and challenging artists of our time, this Judy Chicago collection is an invaluable source for study and research.

For more information see ARTstor’s Judy Chicago collection page and an exclusive ARTstor interview, “Ten Questions for Judy Chicago.” While you’re there, don’t forget to friend ARTstor on Facebook to receive news, tips, and more.

ARTFORUM: Journal of the Month

October’s Journal of the Month is ARTFORUM. This international magazine covers all aspects of contemporary art, including sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation works, as well as architecture, music, and popular culture. Known for its clout and taste-making in the art world, ARTFORUM contains artist interviews, an international arts calendar, and reviews of exhibitions, films, books, and music.

ARTFORUM October 2010

Featured on the cover of the October 2010 issue is the work of Giuseppe Penone. In the article “1000 Words: Giuseppe Penone,” the artist elaborates on his philosophy of the tension between trees and stone, sculpting and painting, and how these intricacies relate to our perception of our own place in the world.

Visit the library to see ARTFORUM and all of our 130 other journals and magazines!



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