On Sunday July 3, 2016 I sat down with noted painter Bo Bartlett to discuss the genesis and operations of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. What I discovered was an unusual example of artist-philanthropy; a collaboration between Bartlett, his patrons and his hometown university on a mission to enrich the community and health its maladies. The interview appeared in the American Arts Quarterly.
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Masami Kodama was born in 1936, studied art in Kyoto, came to the United States nearly fifty years ago, and retired to his native Higashi-Hiroshima in 2011. His patrons included the late John and Kimiko Powers and the late Edward Rosenthal, founder of Time-Warner Media. For many years Mr. Kodama was represented by Weintraub Gallery, and more recently by Lew Allen Contemporary in Santa Fe. His work is found in many public and private collections including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA. When he left the United States to return to Japan, Mr. Kodama withdrew his work from galleries, leaving some of it with a group of friends authorized to make donations of art work to American museums, as a way of expressing thanks for so many years of success.
This is the most donation of a Kodama sculpture to an American museum.
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On Wednesday June 15 at 6pm, the Denver Art Museum in cooperation with Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) will present artist and oral historian James Lancel McElhinney in conversation with American Artist Marie Watt (b. 1967) whose work draws from history, biography, proto-feminism, and Indigenous principles, addressing the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.
She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron
Today Edgar Hock Aye Vi Heap of Birds touched down at Key West and will begin installing his portion of the exhibition. He will also conduct an intervention into the City of Key West with a series of Native Hosts/Tribal Panels Here are Edgar and The Studios of Key West Executive Director Jed Dodds earlier today
March 3-6, 2016. Featuring an exhibition of artworks by Edgar Heap of Birds, Aurora Robson and Frederick Brosen. Keynote lecture by Dr. Katherine Manthorne with guest speaker Dr. Margaret Vendryse, art history sessions led by Dr. Jillian Russo, public conversations with featured artists, workshops, field trips, films and a surprise guest. https://tskw.org/currents-confluences/
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