London The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery Geoffrey Farmer’s The Surgeon and the Photographer consists of 365 puppets (one for every day of the year) constructed of collaged elements from second-hand books and magazines combined with intricate supports and fabric bodies.
Basel Museum Tinguely For an artist’s work to stand out among the sculptures in the Museum Tinguely, a space hyper-charged with multi-sensory stimuli, is almost impossible. Tinguely’s enormous found-metal, kinetic constructions, which boom and bang when activated, are overwhelming in terms of scale, presence, and sound, seemingly subjugating the entire museum.
Bellevue, Washington Bellevue Arts Museum Organized by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California, “Wit and Wisdom: Patti Warashina” later traveled to the Bellevue Arts Museum, where BAM curator Stefano Catalani expanded its offerings with loans from local collections.
New York McKenzie Fine Art Born in Britain, ceramic sculptor Ursula Morley Price now lives in southwestern France. She is known for her fluted vases, bowls, and jars, which begin in craft and end in a place where craft cannot be denied as fine art.
Lenox, Massachusetts The Mount For 16 seasons, sculptor Ann Jon has organized outdoor exhibitions in Western Massachusetts, attracting increasingly able artists as time has gone on. The venues for SculptureNow have also changed, as the show migrated from the Berkshire Botanical Gardens to the streets of Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and Lenox.
Dallas Nasher Sculpture Center Though clay has been in use for about 25,000 years, it has been slow to find acceptance as a fine art material. Ceramic works, perhaps because of their craft connotations, have always seemed a little too friable, too unserious, and too, well, “craftsy.”
As arts organizations go, New Orleans Airlift is one of a kind. Following a multi-disciplinary trajectory that has often seemed more improvised than programmatic, it has staged a number of unusually broad-based events that blur the boundaries between object and performance, vernacular and contemporary art, local and global.
Imagine a proposed and completed public artwork recording the locations of 94 fire and flood disasters in Queensland, Australia; then imagine the unveiling of the work, as the artist reveals that the list doesn’t document natural disasters at all, but a series of 19th-century atrocities against indigenous peoples.
A pioneer of light and kinetic art, Otto Piene, who lives and works in Düsseldorf and Groton, Massachusetts, has been pursuing a utopian synthesis of aesthetics and science since the 1950s. After studying painting and art education at the Academy of Art in Munich and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, as well as philosophy at the University
Margo Sawyer’s work process is one of escalating complexity. She starts with specific grid formulas, determining proportions while drawing in Illustrator. Her drawings are further developed via CAD, establishing colors, dimensions, edge treatments, and the arrangement of sheet metal panels.