Artistic Antidote For a Pandemic

This about sums up much of 2021 WeatherBy: Claudia Rankine On a scrap of paper in the archive is writtenI have forgotten my umbrella. Turns outin a pandemic everyone, not just the philosopher,is without. We scramble in the drought of informationheld back by inside traders. Drop by drop. Facecovering? No, yes. Social distancing? Six feetunder for underlying conditions. Black.Just us and the blues kneeling on a neckwith the full weight of a man in blue.Eight minutes and forty-six seconds.In extremis,Read more

Pandemic update

It’s been 2 years since I’ve had time to contribute thoughts and images to this blog. Time has been spent on tasks and obligations, and now we’re in a NEW time of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty, unlike anything we’ve ever known. My projects and goals have been divided up, stymied, negotiated away or forgotten. I do small things, I sew, cook, clean and take care of others for now. But still I dream, desire and yearn to work and make,Read more

Belkis Ayón at el Museo del Barrio (2017)

Sorry I missed this exhibit. In 2017 El Museo del Barrio ( NYC) featured: NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón. Description from Museo del Barrio, Christina Vives, curator: Belkis Ayón (Havana, 1967 – 1999) died at the age of thirty-two, leaving behind a body of work of considerable importance for the history of contemporary printmaking. Her death remains a painful mystery for the national and international art community that had witnessed with admiration her successful rise to the mostRead more

Doris Salcedo

FROM WHITE CUBE: Doris Salcedo makes sculptures and installations that function as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. Saucedo often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means. Text from the Tate Museum: Shibboleth reflects Salcedo’s belief that modern art museums themselves enact this form of exclusion as histories of twentieth-century modernism have until recently largelyRead more

Jan Razauskas “Gigantic Brain”

“Gigantic Brain” features new mono prints and paintings by Sophie Grant and Jan Razauskas (Baltimore Artist and friend). Curated by Natalee Cayton and Amanda Turner Pohan. Opening January 12, 7-9 pm, through February 11, 2018. From press release: In the paintings by Razauskas, color fields appear to be caught in tectonic shift. In the charged moments where haptic color-forms meticulously overlap, conflict, breed, or barely touch, these tightly choreographed surfaces intimate a longing for making contact. Evolving out of geometric abstraction andRead more

Anne Truitt at the National Gallery till April 1, 2018

  . From the National Gallery website: “Anne Truitt was one of the leading figures associated with minimalism, the sculptural tendency that emerged in the 1960s featuring pared-down geometric shapes scaled to the viewer’s body and placed directly on the floor. Born in Baltimore in 1921, Truitt grew up in Easton, a town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.” “Truitt’s art is unique within the field of minimalism; she alone remained a traditional studio artist. Whereas artists such as Donald Judd (1928–1994)Read more

Stephanie Dinkins

This is why it’s so important to participate in “artists residencies.” I met Stephanie at The Santa Fe Art Institute (2007?) and we’ve been in touch off and on since. She visited Baltimore yesterday to present her thoughts and research into “artificial intelligence” and the questions it poses regarding race and gender as it evolves and penetrates our daily lives. It’s fascinating to witness an artist penetrate the assumptions and dumb blindness of technology. Watch her work! Stephanie DinkinsRead more

Christian Baumgartner – Printmaker

Beautiful monumental black and white woodcuts by Christiane Baumgartner, images translated into the language of “making,” lost in the time it takes to enter a lyrical world. Can’t get enough of this “time.” Christiane BaumgartnerRead more