Ongoing and Upcoming
Here's a quick look at events and exhibitions that are happening now or are in the offing. Prior exhibitions with an online presence remain posted.
Solo exhibition: Vico & Swipe at Arden Gallery, Boston, through February 29, 2024
Vico, long wall, and Swipe, right, are two series of work on paper that I have been engaged with for several years. Paintings from both series are on view at Arden Gallery. Executed in oil stick and oil pastel with a surface i have scraped into, these works ask to be grouped together in small or larger aggregations to converse in a call and response of color and texture.
Click for installation views and individual works
A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists at the Calandra Institute, New York City, through April, 2024
Twenty-one artists from my book, Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience, are included in this exhibition curated by Joseph Sciorra, director of academic and cultural programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, and me. The Calandra Institute is open Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00.
Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience
Originating from an online curatorial project that I conceived in 2020, Italianità, the book, features new artwork and personal narratives by 59 artists. All have stories whose threads connect to the language and traditions of their immigrant forebears. The narratives are familiar, but the particular threads are unique to each artist, as we came of age in the conservative Fifties, the rebellious Sixties, the disco Seventies, even the MTV Eighties.
"We carry the history of our families and our cultures in our psyches as well as our genes," says B. Amore, who has traced seven generations of her family and whose work is included in the book. At a time when ethnicity and cultural legacy are a big part of the art world conversation, Italianità makes a relevant contribution.
More info on my blog
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Online in The Art Section: The Exquisite Corpse, 1 & 2
The Surrealist drawing game has been updated by Deanna Sirlin, artist and editor of the Atlanta-based The Art Section, an online journal of art and cultural commentary. Sirlin invited 28 artists to contribute a body part--head, torso, or lower extremity--which she then put together into nine exquisite corpses (or cadavres exquise, as the Surrealists called them).
Writes Sirlin: "The history of this process dates from 1925, when Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, André Breton, and Marcel Duchamp created a poem collectively. Each wrote down a noun, an adjective, a verb, an adverb, and an object to create a sentence. The line of poetry that resulted was, “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouvea” (“the exquisite corpse will drink the new wine”). Le Cadavre Exquis /The Exquisite Corpse was born. Visual artists adopted the process and made Exquisite Corpse drawings. Each artist added a body part by drawing or collaging, folding or covering the paper so the next artist could not see what was done before."
You can read and see more here.
Update: See Exquisite Corpse 2
Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present
Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present traveled under the auspices of International Arts and Artists, stopping at such venues at the South Bend Museum of Art , Indiana; The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida; the LSA Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, and the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, where it concluded it's 10-venue run. The exhibition, curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna, was an intergenerational grouping that highlighted the role of women in American abstraction. Click to view a catalog of the exhibition.
Click for installation views at the inaugural exhibition
My Swipe 11, 2016, oil on 300-lb. Fabriano hotpress, 30 x 22 inches (framed: 34 x 26 inches), shown below in situ at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Kentucky
Past/Present: American Abstract Artist Members Honor Their Predecessors
My Weave, 2019, image field 8 x 8 inches on 13 x 11 paper
American Abstract Artists: Digital Prints, 2012-2019 traveled to numerous academic galleries and museums in the United. It is now viewable online.
Since its first exhibition in 1937, American Abstract Artists has used printmaking as a platform to both introduce and document the work of its members and to expand the vocabulary of abstraction to an ever-increasing audience. This print portfolio tradition began with the celebration of the organization’s first anniversary and was followed decades later by marking AAA’s fiftieth, sixtieth, and seventy-fifth anniversaries.
Online: Stripes--the whole idea
Silk Road 480, 2020, encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Stripes, curated by Edith Newhall, is the second in a series of online exhibitions presented by American Abstract Artist. This exhibition, which examines the history and endless possibilities of the stripe in abstract art, features works by Gabriele Evertz, James Juszczyk, Don Porcaro, Mary Schiliro, Melissa Staiger, Kim Uchiyama, and myself.
Curator Edith Newhall is a writer, independent curator, and art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
View the online exhibition here.
Recent installations at Addington Gallery, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and Arden Gallery
Chromatic Geometry 20 at Miller White FIne Arts; Pique 2 at Marcia Wood Gallery; and Riz 13 at Odetta