Tuesday, July 27, 2021

ArtNow 2021 features 27 Oklahoma artists, led by 2021 Focus Award honoree Bert Seabourn

Oklahoma Contemporary logo (the words stacked and spelled out with vertical lines between each letter) next to “@okcontemporary.org” and “okcontemp.org”
Painting of a white and black bird with pink-tipped feathers against a blue and white background.

Bert Seabourn, Red Tail, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 in. Courtesy the artist. ©Bert Seabourn. Photo by Alexis Austin.

ArtNow 2021 showcases Oklahoma's deep artistic diversity with 27 artists, 114 works

Exhibition highlights variety of disciplines and demographics, plus honors Bert Seabourn with inaugural ArtNow Focus award

OKLAHOMA CITY | July 26, 2021  As befits a state that is home to Native Americans, immigrants, refugees and the descendants of slaves, Oklahoma art contains multitudes. Opening to the public July 30, ArtNow 2021 — the first in Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown home — proudly displays the rich diversity of the state’s art community.

In its new biennale format, ArtNow 2021 features 27 Oklahoma artists, led by 2021 Focus Award honoree Bert Seabourn. The inaugural award recognizes the multitalented printmaker, painter and sculptor, who taught at Oklahoma Contemporary for years, for his contribution to the state’s cultural landscape.

ArtNow 2021 hosts 114 works by the following artists, including Seabourn:

  • Sarah Ahmad
  • Rea Baldridge
  • Hoesy Corona
  • Chase Kahwinhut Earles
  • Josh Jaiye Farrell
  • Edward Grady
  • Raven Halfmoon
  • Melissa Jacobs
  • Kreg Kallenberger
  • Karam
  • Carrie Kouts
  • Sam Ladwig 
  • Kyle Larson
  • Sarah Leis
  • Kalup Linzy
  • Amy Maguire
  • Leigh Martin
  • Simphiwe Mbunyuza
  • Mandy Messina
  • Nicole Moan
  • Audrey Peck
  • Gabriel Rojas
  • Tanni’ (Tyra Shackleford)
  • Scott Vo
  • Dan Worcester 

A concrete artwork consisting of three conjoining sides of a cube with trees, electrical poles and lines protruding toward the center from each side.Curated by guest curator Helen Opper and guest curatorial associate Liz Blood, ArtNow 2021takes visitors through an exciting array of Oklahoma art, ranging from Moan’s ceramic corsets and Kout’s haunting sculptures to Ahmad’s innovatively composed photography and XVALA’s pop cultural meditations on consumerism.

ArtNow 2021 features the work of 27 artists whose practices reflect the vibrant diversity of Oklahoma and of contemporary art,” the curators said in a statement. “There is no one style or form of ‘Oklahoma art’ or one type of ‘Oklahoma artist’ — Oklahoma artists are Indigenous, Black, White, Latinx, Asian, Queer, Nonbinary, Immigrants, Native Oklahomans and everything in between. Art made in Oklahoma is a reflection and adaptation of long-held traditional creative practices as well as an indicator of innovative, investigative, global contemporary artistic modes of production.”



Monday, July 26, 2021

Philips presents Brian Clark's stained Glass onlineAug. 4-Sept.10, 2021


Phillips, in Collaboration with HENI, to PresentBrian Clarke: Vespers, a Dedicated Exhibition of Works by World-Leading Stained Glass Artist Brian Clarke


On View at 30 Berkeley Square from 5 August to 10 September 2021


Brian Clarke b.1953

© Mary McCartney


Phillips is pleased to announce Brian Clarke: Vespers – a spectacular exhibition of works on paper by architectural artist and painter Brian Clarke. This debut of Clarke’s monumental new cycle of paintings and mixed media collage will go on view to the public at 30 Berkeley Square from 5 August to 10 September 2021 and will be available for sale via the HENI Leviathan online platform.


Delayed for over a year by Covid restrictions, this exhibition’s unprecedented scale now allows Vespers, begun in 2019 and continued again through lockdown, to be seen in its full narrative arc. Over 500 works in watercolour form the centrepiece of the exhibition, in which Clarke uses the form of the poppy as the starting point for a strikingly inventive investigation into abstraction and the liquid nature of colour.

Gathered together, writes Robert Storr, they make “an explosive bouquet of natural beauty at its most ephemeral, given that all truly natural things are inherently ephemeral and that beauty assumes its greatest pitch and poignancy when it has been wounded”, employing Clarke’s unmatched experience working with light to evoke the ‘huge walls of flickering colour’, the ‘harnessed euphoria’ he explores through his practice in stained glass, tapestry and ceramic.

I tried to see if I could capture not so much how a poppy looks, but that feeling that they have of very delicately balancing their beauty on top of those tender stems which drip with great speed out of the flower down to the ground; other times they gather together like communicating things, or cluster to form extraordinary, interwoven heraldic patterns. They feel, when I make them, choreographing some story across the sheet, like little prayers – as near as a post-Darwinian Realist can get to saying a prayer.”  Brian Clarke

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A short story: I see "The Smokey Sun & the Moon", as "the dystopian future of a society bereft of reason" ( Oxford Dictionary online)

Hi All, 

Shocked to see a reddish-yellow waxing moonrise, I shot the images below, evening moonrise, 7/20- sunrise 7/21/20. The moon amazed me through the hazy light clouds, followed by the red sunrise, again a hazy light cloud coverage. In actuality, it is difficult to know if clouds or smoke defuse the images offering the orange cast to both. I was reminded of the dystopian images of a different world or science-fiction image offered as an imaginary alternate system from our own. 

The imaginary is now a reality due to the extensive Western American fires smoke polluting the eastern seaboard states. 

Enjoy, best Jamie  


                                    Forbes, Jamie "The Moon, 8:30 PM 7/20/2021".                                                                                                                                              

                                        Forbes, Jamie, "Sun Rise Through The Tree, 6:07, 7/21/2021" 


Forbes, Jamie, "Sun Rise Over The Creek," 6:04, 2/21/2021

Friday, July 16, 2021

THe Guerrilla Girls are back in Paris: If you keep Women Out They Get Resentful ! Sept 4-Oct.9, 2021


Guerrlla Girls, If You Keep Women Out They Get Resentful, 2018, signed poster, 46 x 56 cm
Opening on Saturday September 4, 2021 from 2pm to 8pm
Exhibition from September 4 to October 9, 2021

We are very pleased to inform you that, for the second time, the Guerrilla Girls will occupy the space of mfc-michèle didier.

Since 1985, the Guerrilla Girls have been denouncing a series of behaviours that take place in the art world and which concern sexist and racial discrimination, as well as a series of practices linked to corruption and more generally to politics.

At mfc-michèle didier, the Guerrilla Girls will present their last twelve filmed actions, as well as the posters associated to them. They will also activate, for the first time in Paris, a Complaints Department.
Complaints department is a device designed to collect complaints and protests in a free and anonymous way.

The public is invited to write down their complaints on sheets of paper and post them on the gallery walls. Rather than confining themselves to their own claims and observations, the Guerrilla Girls leave room here for the construction of a collective protest space.

From 4 September to 9 October 2021, don't hesitate to come and complain!
mfc-michèle didier
66, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, F-75003 Paris

from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm
P: +33 (0)1 71 27 34 41 — M: +33 (0)6 09 94 13 46

info@micheledidier.com — www.micheledidier.com 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Smith College Museum of Art, "An Imposing Number of Times", by Amanda Williams is inspired by student-made Black Lives Matter banners. On displat now!

Northampton, MA—July 6, 2021: Two black-and-white banners by artist Amanda Williams have been unfurled on the Elm Street and campus-facing facades of the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA). The banners represent the first part of Williams’ An Imposing Number of Times, a series of site-specific campus installations commissioned by the museum. Further installations are scheduled for fall 2021 and spring 2022.
The banners’ design and composition were inspired by student-made Black Lives Matter banners displayed on several residential houses on campus. First created by Smith students in 2017 and redone each fall, the house banners prompted Williams to reflect on language and self-determination at Smith College, a place where campus traditions and the house system play a large role in student life. Williams built the abstract composition of her banners emphasizing the texture, materiality and painterly qualities of the house banners. In one of her banners, Williams layers six words over details of three faded house banners. It reads: “live / matterful / black / lives / allies / matter.”
According to Williams, “Unfolding over space and time, An Imposing Number of Times transforms the legibility of the glyphs of the handmade BLM banners into something unrecognizable as a means of establishing their potency and liberatory potential.
“The meaning of the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ seems straightforward at first, yet it is elusive, ephemeral and shifting. The recitation, fragmentation and deconstruction of this phrase and its physical presence on campus via a series of installations will produce a collective bearing witness to how Blackness is navigated and valued in the specific institutional context of Smith.”

Blank Slate opens with an exhibit of Divine Williams, "Rise of a Movement: BLM", call for viewing appointment.

Divine William's photo exhibit, "Rise of a Movement: BLM", at the newly established gallery and visual studio, Blank Slate, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This exhibit will be on display through July 10. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 6pm – 10pm and Saturday – Sunday from 1pm – 10pm. This show is the third exhibit of the "Inaugural Summer Series" hosted by Blank Slate. 

Divine Williams, a Trinidadian photographer based in Brooklyn, has been traveling and documenting the aftermath of police brutality and the evolving Black Lives Matter movement for over seven years. This exhibit features her collection "We March for our Brother" (Trayvon Martin, 2013- based in NYC); "Uprising in Ferguson" (Michael Brown, 2014- based in Ferguson, Missouri); “Memorial of Sterling” (Alton Sterling, 2016, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana); and “The Last Straw”(George Floyd, 2020 based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and NYC). 

Viewings are by appointment only, please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this exhibit and/or future events. Thank you! 

Best regards, - Jenn Spencer

Jennifer Spencer
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