Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) first solo exhibition in San Francisco is being shown at The David Ireland House. I hope all is well… presents a series of highly produced, representational artworks using materials such as bronze, marble, and silicone. The end result is anything but traditional sculpture. Matelli’s artworks are lifelike, seductive, and beautifully wrong. His hyper realistic sculptures are often mistaken for the actual thing, undermining the viewer’s expectations of what they […]
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Still working at 95, Ruth Adler Schnee (Design ’46) reﬂects on the important names she’s known—Wright, Klee, Eames, Calder—and the equally important career she’s led. Dwell’s interview with Schnee includes discussion about her latest work, the resurgence of midcentury modern design and how she came to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s new mural “Rise,” a colorful and massive abstract mural spanning 170 feet by 60 feet — the largest design she has ever originated — covers the north-facing wall of the Detroit City Club Apartments. In the article, Fishman shares her perspective on the mural, her artistry and area experiences with the Jewish News. “This mural is a logical extension of my interest in installation art and in activating a larger environment through color, pattern and form. I am most excited by the […]
Alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) latest projects are featured in The New York Times. “Up Right,” a signature Cave work made its New York premiere at the Armory, featuring dancers who slowly metamorphose into 10-foot-tall shamanesque creatures as they don their rustling Soundsuits and stomp around. “The Let Go” also opened encouraging any visitor to have that same wild, unencumbered energy and […]
Susan York (Ceramics ’95) has several exhibitions in New York and Europe scheduled . Galerie Anna Wenger in Zürich, Switzerland will feature York’s work in a solo exhibition at booth A07 at VOLTA: Basel from June 11-16. In New York, GALLERY WALKTHROUGH / SUSAN YORK: FOUNDATION ‘s exhibition at The Drawing Center is open through October 18. And in Munich, <[…]
ASH NYC and Quinn Evans Architects restore the 1926 Wurlitzer Building at the Siren Hotel where the bed linens and covers as well as porcelain trays were created by Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber and Ceramics departments. Constructed in 1926 by architect Robert Finn, the building was once a lighthouse for local musicians — the largest record and instrument store in the entire world, brought to […]
Coveteur featured a story about the “midcentury designers you need to know” including Cranbrook Academy of Art’s own design stars Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Paul Evans, and Eero Saarinen. According to Anthony Barzilay Freund, editor in chief and director of fine art at 1stdibs.com,“There actually isn’t one prevailing look, but they all share this idea of optimism, the post-war idea of a new day, and harnessed new technologies and the potential of brighter homes. Mid-century modern designers […]
In a special collaboration for New York Live Arts, artists Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic Soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around the world. These bags we carry are filled with promise is a through-the-looking-glass interpretation that the baggage we all walk through life with is anything but weighty. From the single source image of Cave’s work, Faust selects and manipulates key details that seem to morph […]
Donald Lipski (Ceramics ’73 and a 2013 recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni Award) has a new installation at NYU Langone Hospital. According to Lipski, he wanted to make a sculpture for children “that would delight them; something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend.”
Past Artist-in-Residence Jun Kaneko (Ceramics AIR, 1979-1986) speaks with Columbus’ Alive Magazine about his life and practice. “Creative energy is nothing special. It’s just like a heartbeat. Without it, I’m dead. I need art to survive,” he says. “If you’re a practical thinker, you shouldn’t do art. You don’t think practically about how to make your heart beat. It’s a necessity. Art is the necessity of your being.”
According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, Corine Vermeulen (Photography ’04) is set to launch a photo book of portraits and landscapes celebrating day-to-day life in Detroit. This initiative captures a resilient community in the midst of a challenging transition. “Your Town Tomorrow” is to be published in December 2018. “Depicted by national media as a place of both economic turmoil and new opportunity, the world often forgets that it is the people — not venture capital firms and new developments — who comprise the great ‘Arsenal […]
In his first solo museum exhibition in Chicago, artist, musician, and back-road drifter Beverly Fresh, also known as Zack Ostrowski (2D Design ’09), takes on the incongruities, social rituals, and archetypes of the rural Midwest. Pulling from age-old performance traditions, juvenile graffiti, backyard debauchery, adult social clubs, amateur living room theater, and pig wrestling, Really Somethin Else is a keyed-up regurgitation of rural Midwestern symbols, behaviors, and vernacular. His immersive installations take visitors through peripheral elements of American culture. The exhibition is at DePaul […]
The New York Times featured an article about Interim Architect-in-Residence Ceren Bingol completion of her project in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. According to the NYT, “Although the project began with some seemingly simple objectives — renovate the kitchen of the 2,800-square-foot main house and refresh the 800-square-foot guesthouse, a converted garage that had developed a mold problem — it soon evolved into a full-blown gut renovation of both structures.”
Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department Ian McDonald opens Studio Pottery Ian McDonald Exhibition at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo. According to Curator’s Cube, “There is an overlap between artificial lines cleaned and arranged, but shapes that firmly blend well with wonders outside of people’s lives. The shadow that light forms makes up different landscapes on the back of our eyes. Ian McDonald’s sculpture, sculpture centered on ceramics.”
The exhibition runs through June 3, 2018.
The exhibition Sugar, Sugar at Public Pool featuring three photography Academy graduates: Clair Gatto (Photography ’17), Jova Lynne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) (Photography ’17), Jova Lynne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) is opening May 12 from 7-11pm.
Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) current exhibition Super Natural is being shown at VOLUME GALLERY in Chicago. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. Eschewing the monotony of identical objects, these works resemble the structure of nature: similar at first glance yet varied upon inspection. The synthetic material and construction of these […]
The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand (Sculpture ’04) and Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) will present 147 Devices for Integrated Principles, a new, multimedia, performative artwork that animates everyday objects as unifying mechanisms for survival during times of social disconnect and intensified need. As an immersive interdisciplinary theatrical experience, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles literally and conceptually unpacks our relationship to everyday objects and how we use them to ease the suffering and pain in our lives. The 60-minute production is […]
Shiraz Gallab (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design, where she discusses the role of personal narrative in graphic design. The article provides an overview of Gallab’s background as a Sudanese-born and U.S.-raised designer who formed the beginnings of a robust personal practice at Cranbrook Academy of Art. “I try in my work to study different interactions or different conversations that can take place between human beings, and to study how we can communicate more […]
This Friday on May 4 from 5-8pm, Cranbrook and SAIC Ceramics departments are having a pop up show at MOCAD in Detroit. Established in 2015, the SAIC X Cranbrook Exchange is an exhibition produced by current second-year graduate students form the Ceramics Departments of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Exchange embodies the notion of contemporary ceramics contextualized form the viewpoint of artists from two of the top graduate schools in the U.S.
In Eastern Market, Dubois Basement is hosting an opening reception for Everywhere -Michelle Branch, a two-person show featuring new work from Academy alumnea Clare Gatto (Photography ’17) and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17). The semi collaborative installation is a rendezvous of body and mass through photography and ceramics. The works are perpetually focusing and blurring, causing objects to flatten while images exude movement. This constant tension between zooming in and zooming out becomes […]
Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) solo exhibition Super Natural is open at VOLUME Gallery. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. The exhibition is open through May 26.
According to the Detroit Free Press, a new 170-foot-by-60-foot mural by accomplished artist and Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman will rank among the largest pieces of public art in Detroit once it’s finished by early May. Entitled “Rise,” the colorful, abstract mural will bring a vivid transformation to the north-facing wall of the brutalist-style architecture of the Detroit City Club Apartments at 1431 Washington Blvd. “Rise” will be […]
DRAWINGS DRAWINGS is a new artist book by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08). The book is composed of pencil drawings created over a period of thirteen years. To produce each drawing, Abelow always uses a 6B pencil on cream-colored 30 x 22 inch paper. This simple format provides a consistent material framework for the artist to push his idea-based agenda. Each drawing appears in chronological order and, as the title of the book suggests, each drawing is repeated. Abelow often uses reproductions of artworks by other artists as a starting point. A book release […]
Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) submitted design concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in Memorial Hall’s vestibule at University of Kentucky. As part of their visits, Olivier and another artist presented initial proposals selected for consideration by UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee. The concepts chosen for review by the committee were acquired during a national search looking for site-specific installations to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with Memorial Hall itself and the mural by Ann […]
Hyperallergic reviewed Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s exhibition and said, “Beverly Fishman: Chemical Sublime, at Kavi Gupta Gallery, is visual ecstasy, in more ways than one.” Hyperallergic continues, “Fishman subversively explores perception and the ways contemporary humans fill the voids in our lives. For this show, she deploys forms utilized by the pharmaceutical industry. Integral to the success of Chemical Sublime is the fact that so many of the works possess distinctive voids. Nicknamed “Missing Doses,” these pieces […]
Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean’s exhibition “True Red Ruin” was reviewed in the April issue of Art Forum. According to Matthew Biro, “Simultaneously visceral and abstract, the installation explores black identity in relation to capitalism and colonialism through an uncanny superimposition of the histories of these two system upon the present day.
Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) is receiving a great deal of attention for his upcoming performance in Nashville. The sold-out public performances of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018, will be livestreamed in the Frist Center’s auditorium and viewable at fristcenter.org as well as he free large-scale performances will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard,” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits […]
Colorado-based artist James Surls (Sculpture ’69) is returning to his native state of Texas to lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth on March 29 from 6-7pm. In conjunction with the special exhibitions A New American Sculpture, 1914—1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach and Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas, […]
Horger Artist-in-Residence Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) will present her work, discuss current projects, as well as the work she is doing with Lehigh University students on April 16 at 6pm at Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center. This artist talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Karyn Olivier, continuing through May 25 at the LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center.
Cranbrook in this round-up from HOW Design magazine, including a poster designed by Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy, a profile of Nancy Skolos (Design 77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’76).
The prestigious Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels will feature the work of the Olga de Amaral, who studied weaving at the Academy in the 1950s. A selection of some forty works, which covers the last 15 years of a creative life that spans six decades, will be presented in a first-ever retrospective in Belgium.
Photography Artist-in-Residence, Danielle Dean, talks with Cultured Magazine about her practice and current exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD. Her 2017 film True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle) is on view as a solo presentation at MOCAD through April 15.
Jonathan Mueke (3D Design ’10) is featured by Metropolis Magazine as one of Minnesota’s emerging creatives. According to the article, “Jonathan Muecke has perfected an aesthetic that is simultaneously reticent and blunt. His work can suggest furniture, architecture, sculpture, or all three at once: a diminutive copper step stool masquerading as sculpture, light fixtures that define rather than illuminate space, a chair made from carbon fiber.”
After coming to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where Jeanne Medina’s (Fiber ’13) took a position as an adjunct craft professor in 2016, she bought a 40-inch Harrisville loom. Shortly there after, Medina landed a dedicated workspace as part of the Fountainhead Fellowship. The VCU School of the Arts program provides three recent MFA graduates in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft an opportunity to teach and work. The […]
Architectural Digest offers a terrific look at one of our most prominent graduates, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’52), and her extraordinary life and career. She then was one of the first women to be hired by General Motors’s design department.
Jacob Feige’s (Painting ’05) exhibition Jacob Feige, I Had a _____ Day opens at David Richard Gallery NY on March 7 with an artist reception on March 10 from 4-8pm. Selections from two new related series, Cutaway and Screen paintings by Feige, will be presented. Both combine objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts, but with different approaches to the composition and presentation format. The exhibition closes on April 14, 2018
Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]
Artist Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is profiled in Uncommon Goods . He talks about how he began in ceramics, studying at Cranbrook, and his practice. When asked about how he sets goals for himself Giniewski says, “I only make short-term goals these days. In the year and a half that I’ve been running the business as my full-time job, everything is constantly changing. I’m really lucky that people are paying so much attention to ceramics right now. Like, ceramics is having such […]
Ato Ribeiro (Print Media ’17) in featured in an in-depth interview about his practice in The Saturday Paper. Ribeiro is now in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, sculpting hundreds of scrap wood pieces into “quilts” inspired by kente designs.
Reyes Projects to exhibit a solo presentation of new work by artist James Benjamin Franklin (Painting ’17) at NADA New York, March 8 – 11, 2018. Loosely constructed shapes and unwieldy textures combine in Franklin’s work to form a style that is uniquely untethered by traditional narrative.
McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) has joined Lehmann Maupin, which will show his work at its Hong Kong space this fall and another location in January 2019.
Unhomely, Cranbook Alumnus Chris Schanck’s (3D Design ’11) solo gallery exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery, opens on March 1 through April 14, 2018. This exhibition marks a culmination of his acclaimed sculptural approach and the first time a comprehensive body of work by Schanck will be on public view and features 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. Synthesizing premeditation and spontaneity, Schanck’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique, “Alufoil,” was conceived in 2011 while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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Two Cranbrook painting alums McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99) are featured in the February edition of Art in America in an article about “Slow Painting.” According to the article, “Slow Painting imbeds a premonition of something potentially enormous held in reserve that can only be revealed slowly.”
Warren Newton Seelig (Fiber ’74) was named a 2018 United States Artist Fellow. Spread across the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. This year, 45 Fellows were selected from a diverse peer-nominated pool of more than 500 applicants. Seelig becomes the 12th Academy graduate to receive a United States Artist Fellowship since the program was launched in 2006.
An exhibition of new work by Detroit-based designer Jack Craig (3D Design ’12) is open at Wasserman Projects. Curated by Butter Projects, and presented in collaboration with Salon 94 Design, the exhibition will position Craig’s functional and sculptural objects within a landscape of living plants, creating an indoor environment akin to a Japanese garden. On view through May 5, the exhibition highlights Craig’s creative process and material experimentations.