Favorite

Invitational returns 

The obsessive line is theme.

The Arkansas Arts Center's finances may have been anemic of late, but its drawing collection is meaty. The Arts Center recognizes that this spring with the welcome return after seven years of an exhibition of its own creation — the Drawing Invitational.

This "11th National Drawing Invitational: New York, Singular Drawings," April 20-Sept. 9, will feature work by 10 emerging Brooklyn artists in an exhibition curated by Charlotta Kotik. Kotik, the former chairman of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, is the first outside curator for the exhibition, created in 1986 by former director Townsend Wolfe to introduce contemporary artists whose work is either in or would be a good fit in the Arts Center's permanent collection.

The energy and spontaneity of gesture — made with pen or pencil or crayon rather than a medium like oil that has to dry — is one of the strengths of works on paper, especially those intended as final products rather than drafts for paintings. Kotik has assembled a group of artists whose gestures are repeated and dense to the point of near obsession. These artists' lines may suggest unbounded space, such as the multicolored whorls of Ati Maier, Kotik said, or the quantum infinity of a single cell, such as the complex organic creations of Daniel Zeller. Morgan O'Hara's drawings are inspired by live performance of music; she has made 100 drawings to commemorate the 100th birthday of John Cage. Artist Dawn Clements creates life-sized interior landscapes, two-dimensional rooms; Karen Schiff extracts details from medieval manuscripts to enlarge and elaborate on. Reed Anderson cuts out shapes from his paper and layers other sheets underneath; Michael Waugh's lines, inspected closely, turn out to be sentences. (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, stepping just a tiny bit on the Arts Center's toes, just bought one of Waugh's works). David Kramer's subject matter is Americana and what the next generation will be able to achieve. Il Lee's work draws in dense ballpoint, scribbles that produce depth.

"All the work is aesthetically very beautiful," Kotik said, work that "involves you in viewing because there is so much happening." It is also going to be fun, she said.

The exhibit runs April 20 through Sept. 9.

April is certainly not the cruelest month then, because there two more exhibits scheduled at the Arts Center that month. "The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft" includes 30 works by craft artists using digital technology. Fo Wilson is curator; the exhibition runs April 13 to Aug. 5. "Dan Massad: Recent Work" features the Pennsylvania artist's photorealist pastels incorporating the Golden Ratio. The show runs April 13 to June 10.

In May, the Arts Center joins the state's celebration of the centennial of former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's birth with the exhibition "The Rockefeller Influence." George Bellows, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Honore Daumier, Edgar Degas, Eugene Delacroix, Charles Demuth, Alphonse Legros, Henri Matisse, Odilon Redon, Diego Rivera, George Romney, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Maurice Utrillo and James Whistler are among the artists whose works, which came into the collection through the Rockefeller family, will be exhibited.

The exhibition will also provide the story of the major role Winthrop and Jeannette Rockefeller played in the early years of the Arts Center, which opened a new facility to the public in 1963 after being put under the auspices of the city in 1961. The nearly 60 works in the show include etchings, lithographs, porcelain, photographs, bronzes, watercolors, oils and rugs.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Speaking of Arkansas Arts Center

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Waltons top list of state givers

    No surprise here, but the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the names of the top givers in Arkansas are Walton and Walton — Jim and Robson, that is.
    • Jun 20, 2017
  • LR gets $1.6 million for River Trail ramp and fix

    The city of Little Rock got word today that it will receive $1.6 million in a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant to build a ramp to the $1.1 million bridge it's building over the railroad tracks at the western end of the Medical Mile, which begins in Riverfront Park and ends at the tracks abutting the Dillard's headquarters. (The bridge is being built with a state grant of $1 million and sales tax revenues.)
    • Jun 16, 2017
  • Agave Grill: Mexican-American fusion in Benton

    Agave Grill will feature “Mexican-American fusion” cuisine — that is, it will have Mexican dishes like handmade pork tamales, enchiladas, “street tacos,” fajitas and tortas; American favorites like ribeye and New York strip steaks, ahi tuna and salmon; and the fused: you’ll be able to order a hamburger made with taco seasoning, queso and avocado, for example, or a steak rubbed with ancho chili.
    • Jun 14, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Hutchinson lobbyist moves to Teacher Retirement System

    Rett Hatcher, director of legislative affairs for Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has left the governor's staff to go to work Wednesday as deputy director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.
  • Obamascare

    Republicans at long last may be about to see their most fervent wishes and wildest predictions materialize — millions of people losing their medical and hospital coverage, unaffordable insurance, lost jobs, a Medicare financial crisis, mushrooming federal budget deficits and fiscal crises across state governments.
  • Megyn vs. Alex

    As vigorously hyped broadcast events go, Megyn Kelly's televised confrontation with internet conspiracy cultist Alex Jones proved something of a dud.
  • Monkey wrenches

    Junior is 17 now, and shows no interest in driving, or even taking the driving test. It's got his Old Man a little concerned, and not just because we're running a car service for one these days.

Latest in Cover Stories

  • You're doing your 401(k) wrong

    Hundreds of thousands of retirement dollars could be at stake.
    • Jun 22, 2017
  • Forever, sculpture

    Artwork, and a city director, carve out a special place along Little Rock's riverfront.
    • Jun 15, 2017
  • Loaves and fishes

    A proposed ordinance would limit the ability of charities to feed the homeless in LR city parks. Opponents say it's about keeping the poor out of sight, out of mind.
    • Jun 8, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

June

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Most Viewed

  • You're doing your 401(k) wrong

    Hundreds of thousands of retirement dollars could be at stake.
  • Monkey wrenches

    Junior is 17 now, and shows no interest in driving, or even taking the driving test. It's got his Old Man a little concerned, and not just because we're running a car service for one these days.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation