Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol LeWitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said; it opens to the public Nov. 7. That's the day before the General Election, of course, so Crystal Bridges has apparently timed the opening to coincide with this year's jarring presidential election.
The installation, which LeWitt conceived in 1998, is a loan, Bobbitt said. Bobbitt said that to the conceptual artist the idea of the work — painted directly on the wall — was paramount. The work, then, can be in more than one place at a time. The MASS MoCa, which has a significant collection of LeWitt's work, installed the piece in 2013 and it is still on view.
From the Crystal Bridges website:
LeWitt, an early leader in conceptual art, had created wall drawings (he always referred to them as “drawings,” even though later ones are made of acrylic paint) for decades, totaling some 1,200 before his death in 2007. Ever evolving through their different iterations in varying locations, these drawings redefine what an art object is and how it lives in a cultural institution. Painting directly onto a wall is, of course, not new. In response to a description of the artist as the “originator of wall drawings,” Sol LeWitt replied, “I think the cave men came first.”
A note on the MASS MoCa website about "Wall Drawing 880" says the optical effect of the painting makes it hard for the painters to apply the final touch ups. For most of the installation, only one color is visible at a time, as the time-lapse video above illustrates.
LeWitt partially donated the work to the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass.; private gifts made up the rest of the acquisition price.
MASS MoCa, which was designed by Moshe Safdie, as was Crystal Bridges, and has curving walls, as does Crystal Bridges, has installed LeWitt "drawings" on its curves, giving the work even more vitality, an L.A. Times reviewer once wrote. Maybe CBMAA could reverse its chronology, and bring the 20th and 21st century work out of their flat-walled galleries and into the rounded ones of the Early American galleries. Just a thought, but not a serious one.
CORRECTION: Sadly spoiling my attempt at humor in the above paragraph, my misreading of the L.A. Times article was pointed out to me by MASS MoCa: Mosha Safdie's curved wall referred to in the piece is in the federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass., not the museum. MASS MoCa does have a LeWitt, but not on a curved wall.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library has opened an exhibition, "Binding Communities: Cuba's Ediciones Vigia and the Art of the Book and Entrpreneurism," from the handmade collective in Matanzas, Cuba. Book artist Steven Miller of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa will give a talk on the show, which includes works by 71 artists, at 5 p.m. tonight, May 17, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 161. /more/
"Nature in Print: Arkansas Printmakers Exploring the Natural World," an exhibition of work by Daniella Napolitano, Sarah Burns and Miranda Young," opens tonight with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wildwood Park for the Arts. /more/
In synch with Art Night, symbolist works — paintings by Grace Mikell Ramsey and mixed media sculpture by Luke Amram Knox — go on exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum in a show called "Modern Mythology"; Vino's Brewpub is supplying the beer. /more/
Tonight's June Freeman lecture series at the Arkansas Arts Center features Steve Luoni of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, who'll talk about recovery plans for Vilonia and Mayflower, towns devastated by tornadoes in 2014. /more/
Arkansas artist V.L. Cox, who for the past couple of years has been creating three-dimensional works representing discrimination against women, African Americans, immigrants and LGBT people, is returning her "End Hate" doors to the Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 11. They'll be on exhibit 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Reflecting Pool steps. /more/
As mentioned in the previous post about the new Arts Council director, which was prepared before the official announcement, the Department of Arkansas Heritage announced today that Missy McSwain, longtime director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, has resigned. Her resignation takes effect March 15. /more/
The Bruzatori family, Little Rock residents for 14 years, are serving up their family recipes of grilled meats, empanadas, Graciela’s chimichurri (named for the matriarch, Graciela Bruzatori) and other dishes reflective of their Argentinian-Italian heritage at Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe. Head cook is Paul Hohnbaum.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library has opened an exhibition, "Binding Communities: Cuba's Ediciones Vigia and the Art of the Book and Entrpreneurism," from the handmade collective in Matanzas, Cuba. Book artist Steven Miller of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa will give a talk on the show, which includes works by 71 artists, at 5 p.m. tonight, May 17, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 161.
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.