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Art Detroit > Now 1/27/12

Art Detroit Now Newsletter – January 26, 2012

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
January 27, 2012 - News, exhibitions, openings and events.
Long-Sharp / Curis Modern + Contemporary Fine Art

The collection of silver gelatin fine art prints have been individually printed by hand directly from the original negative on fiber paper.
The photographs, taken in the early 1960′s at a time when Kennedy forged a friendship with both Indiana and Warhol, capture the two artists and their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their careers and the birth of the Pop Art Movement. The collection includes rarely photographed art notables Marisol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Mario Amaya, Dorothy Miller, Henry Geldzahler and Eleanor Ward.

Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies


Grid List

Grid List offers a new take on
Geometric Abstraction with a focus on the individual artist’s idiosyncratic relationship to the grid from such sources as science, nature, sports, film, graphic design and video games.

The grid is the mother of all things terrestrial – birthed from outer space.
Gravity = Vertical.
Land = Horizontal.
The two combined form a right angle. Multiply to form a grid.
This natural geometry existed billions of years before man.
Man stands upright in defiance of gravity, though is grounded by it. He realized the equation “vertical + horizontal equals a right angle” and applied it to everything from architecture to fashion.
Artists from London, New York, Detroit and Atlanta.
Opening Friday, January 27,

Runs through March 3.

Elain L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University
Silent Watch:  Contemporary Prints from Finland

‘Silent Watch’ is comprised of works made with etching, drypoint, silkscreen, woodcut and digital techniques, as well as several artists’ books and a three-dimensional piece.

The exhibition includes prints by the widely exhibited veteran Finnish printmaker, Outi Heiskanen, a multi-panel silkscreen work on plywood by Päivikki Kallio, two artist’s books with silk fold-out pages by Eeva-Liisa Isomaa, a dramatic wall-sized installation of layered woodblocks printed on Japanese paper by Annu Vertanen, and a lead table with movable printed components that the viewer rearranges, by Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund of the artists’ collective IC-98.

Thursday, January 26, 7pm.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Like many older cities, Detroit today is the site of excess urban capacity-open land, underutilized roads, and empty buildings. To redefine the city for the twenty-first century, should we look to urban agriculture, the restoration of natural landscapes, the growth of an arts-related economy? Join John Gallagher for a discussion of the recreation of Detroit as a greener, more entrepreneurial city.

Detroit Revealed on Film:
The Making of plant (3D)
Paul Kaiser will give a visual introduction to the methods and aims of the Open Ended Group that gave rise to the creation of plant.This three-dimensional digital film explores the Packard plant in Detroit in a painterly rendering that paradoxically derives from 18,000 photographs.

Saturday, January 28, 4:30pm.



Curators Talk:  Face of Our Time

Join Senior Curator for Western Art Carole McNamara in the galleries for a talk on the exhibition Face of our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach. More than 100 photographs in this exhibition by five contemporary photographers provide insight into the sometimes volatile civil and political transformations facing society and look reflectively at contemporary culture, recording history as it unfolds slowly over time.
Face of Our Time is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Sunday, January 29, 3pm.

Cranbrook Art Museum

An Evening with Nicole Cherubini
Ceramic artist, Nicole Cherubini, exhibits three new sculptures. They are on view in the ongoing exhibition, “No Object Is an Island,” where they are in dialogue with three early vessels created by Mary Chase Stratton for Pewabic Pottery.

Cherubini, who is based in Brooklyn, New York, “brings old notions of ceramics into a contemporary sculptural discourse.” Her work invokes ideas rooted in conceptual art from the 1970s and references Robert Rauschenberg, the material use of Robert Morris, ideas about physical space addressed by Donald Judd, and Eva Hesse’s ability to challenge the 2-D and 3-D. She will certainly talk about her interests in movement, process, containment, and structure.

Thursday, January 26, 7pm.

Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Museum of New Art


Stig Eklund: Waiting for Godard

Waiting for Godard is part of the series “My Life As A Film”, in which Stig Eklund has explored the themes of love, fear, death, melancholia, and anxiety. He creates, or rather regards, things in a way that is different from that of other artists. He sees only the essential, and that, naturally, is all that he represents: A look, a small gesture, a kiss gone wrong, a shrug of shoulders.

For this reason Eklund’s work is as a rule ‘not complete’, as people are at first so frustrated to discover. But, fill a room with a dozen of these ‘paintings’ or so, and one finds they are surprisingly complete. His complete vision of an incomplete world.

Art is finished once the artist has said everything that was on his mind, and this is precisely the advantage Eklund has over his fellow artists, that he really knows how to show us what he has felt, and what has gripped him, and to this he subordinates everything else.

Opening Saturday, January 28, 6-9pm.

Anton Art Center


Michigan Annual Art Competition

The Michigan Annual brings together work from artists living and working in all corners of the state. What makes this event special is the level of diversity – ranging from established artists to those who are self-taught, teens to seniors, traditional to contemporary works. This exhibition highlights pieces created in all media including ceramics, drawing, fibers, painting, photography and sculpture.

Juror Andrea Eis will announce First, Second and Third place cash prizes to winners. Eis, the Associate Professor of Art and the Chair of Art and Art History Department at Oakland University, selected 38 pieces out of 217 submitted.

Opening Friday, January 27, 6-9pm.

Show runs through February 24.


Unique Items, Antiques and Heirlooms, LLC

Come celebrate the 1st anniversary of Unique Items Antiques and Heirlooms, LLC.  View the portrait artwork of Charlie Bolden featuring President and First lady Obama, enjoy the fashion show, comedian “Double R’, musical entertainment, a special appearance by Darryl Cummingham, current holder of four boxing titles, and refreshments.
Adult Tickets:  $15
Ages 6-17:  $7.50
Call 313-424-8216
Saturday, January 28, 3pm.


Application Deadline

Due February 1, 11:59pm.  Includes: Choreography, Dance, Music, Performance Art, Sound Art, Spoken Word, Interdisciplinary Work.