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Joan Mitchell  East Ninth Street   1956

Women of Abstraction

Last week I was thrilled to be able to take in the Women of Abstraction Expressionism exhibit at the Denver Art museum. The exhibit is incredible and if you are within 500 miles you should definitely make the trip to see it.

The description from the DAM website says it better than I could:

“Women of Abstract Expressionism focuses on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism, while revealing inward reverie and painterly expression in these works by individuals responding to particular places, memories, and life experiences.”

I really don’t know how to put into words just how great this show is. The works are mostly very large and they are so filled with emotion and expression that I felt totally filled up by the time I was finished.

One of the most telling quotes from the exhibit was by Lee Krasner who was married to Jackson Pollock. It went something along the lines of I was a painter before Pollock, during Pollock and after Pollock but I am always known as Mrs Jackson Pollock.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Helen Frakenthaler Western Dream  1957

 

Jay DeFeo Torso 1952 sm

Jan DeFeo  Torso 1952

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Judith Godwin Woman  1954

Lee Krasner the seasons 1957 sm

Lee Krasner  The Seasons   1957

 

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My work is hanging at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, New York! The show is up until October 15 so there is plenty of time to add it to your must see list! Unfortunately, I am not able to visit myself so if you go take a photo of you there and send it to me!

If you have to rely on photos too you can see the show virtually on the 8 That Create blog

 

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Rain-Cloak-charkheb-Edit

I am so excited about this comprehensive exhibit coming to the DAM. I have been hearing rumors for a few months and if you click on the Museum link you will get an idea of the scope of the exhibit. It is one not to be missed! I love this piece in the photo above. It is a woven wool Rain Cloak (charkheb) from the early 1900's. I just can't wait to see it in person. Be sure to check out all the great programs and classes that support this exhibition.

Cultures with Texture

Spun: Adventures in Textiles at the Denver Art Museum

 The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is gearing up to unveil its summer exhibition, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, on view May 19–September 22, 2013. The museum-wide exhibition blends ancient traditions and surprising innovations in textile arts. It will be home to an extensive collection of artworks that range from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in paintings and photography. From wool to recycled plastics, embroidered silk to buttons, a variety of materials and mediums will emerge in a rich and colorful spectacle.

In celebration of the DAM’s new textile galleries, its inaugural show, Cover Story, harnesses the essence of Spun. Featuring approximately 60 objects, Cover Story provides an intimate lens into the ways in which textiles have permeated human life across time and space. Exploring further, delve into other cultures through Irresistible’s intricately dyed Asian textiles and the elaborate Navajo weavings in Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870. Examine how blue jeans inspired the iconic images of the Wild West in Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype and witness the telling stories of social change through the photographs in Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander and Seydou Keïta. Or push the boundaries of textile art in Material World’s subversive social commentaries and hover between textile and technology in Transposition, among many others.

An interwoven medley, Spun is held together by a common fiber—a shared humanity in textiles. The DAM’s diverse collections explore the ways in which textiles enrich and encircle human lives, as textured and vibrant as the cultures themselves. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org

Image descritption: Rain cloak (charkheb), Bhutan, early 1900s. Woven wool. Denver Art Museum; Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department funds, by exchange.

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From Nature's Studio Textiles by Regina Benson



I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening than my adventure last night. I attended Regina Benson's opening reception at the Denver Botanical Gardens with some friends! Regina's show is wonderful...you have until Oct. 3rd to see it. The show is in the Gates Garden Court Gallery. The walls of this gallery are cement and Regina’s work shows beautifully against them…a study in contrast and unity.

Regina Benson's art in Gates Garden Court



For you local folks, Regina is giving a gallery talk on Sept 9th and a workshop on Sept 18th. Check the DBG website for details. Her workshop will be about her fascinating technique for embossing fabric with natural materials. August 25th is the next free day at the DBG. After seeing the show we spent a lovely evening strolling in the gardens. There is also an exhibit of Henry Moore’s sculptures on display. They are immense works of art and often best viewed at a distance. I have to say I enjoyed his figurative work more than the abstract pieces which is a reverse viewpoint for me.

Henry Moore at Denver Botanical Gardens



My favorite Henry Moore sculpture



I was delighted to see some great improvements at the Botanic Gardens. I haven’t been to the there in a few years…once the pocket gophers set up their stronghold I lost heart in the battle for rule over the garden. I am a bit heartened this year since we have a red tail hawk that likes to hunt in our neighborhood and the rain has kept the ground moist so they tend to stick to their field rather than my garden. The photos I took at the garden are so inspiring that I am tempted to put on my battle gear, gather my scythe and hack my way through the weeds to wrest control from the little buggers…or maybe I will get a tall glass of ice tea and read a gardening book on the deck.

Eryngium



succulent forms



Who knew watermelon vine was so beautiful?



Perfection



Rudbeckias always make me smile



rock garden succulents...what great texture



silver thistle...so ghostly looking

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I spent yesterday at the Denver Sew Expo. It is a fairly small show but has a nice mix of vendors and more focus on garments than quilting. I am not sure why the show charges $10 to get in the door. That seems a bit steep but they didn't consult me! I got some great trims at bargain prices and checked out Laura Murray's new book Star Builder on using paint sticks and her star builder stamps. The book is really nicely laid out with good instructions...a must have for paint stick aficionados. I got my own personal sneak peak at some images of her new stamp line. They are more organic in design so naturally I think they will be a hit. They are still in production so we have to wait a bit longer on those.

I got a very brief vist in with Mark Lipinski, he was keeping his students hopping and they were doing some great work. I spent most of my time distracting my talanted friend and fellow thread junkie Terry Whitefrom her booth duties. Terry has a new line of threads coming out in the spring with Coats and Clark. I can't wait to see them at Spring Market. They are going to be luscious. Terry has been a busy girl and has a new line of fabrics coming soon. It is called Run Rabbit Run from ClothWorks. I got a sneak peek and it is so fun and showcases Terry's unique style and sense of humor! I hope I can get some early for that grand baby quilt I need to make (hint, hint Terry). See that quilt behind Terry's happy face in the photo above? That is a sneak peek at a piece from the Embellishing book she is working on.

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My sneak peek for you today is this fun tassel. Fringe and Tassels were a late addition to the Threads book and so much fun to make. Tassels can be made big or small and boy do they they offer lots of opportunity for embellishing with beads, trims and found object tops! Tassels are a great take along project too since you don't need a lot of equipment.
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