The Goods: Sarasota Visual Art Weekend News (9.23.11)

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

Saturday, September 24th (7pm)
Ringling College of Art’s Illustration majors are putting on a fundraiser for their annual Illest of Illustration show. Hosted downtown at Sarasota’s, Word of Mouth Restaurant with live music. Posters will be available for purchase. Live silk screening by Clothesline.

Tampa Museum of Art (closes Sunday, September 25)
Syntax: Text and Symbols for a New Generation. An exhibition that examines the current generation of artists’ interest in text, symbolism, and means of information transference. Drawn from the Hadley Martin Fisher collection in Miami, this project is the first opportunity to experience the depth of this fascinating new collection of contemporary art.

Englewood Art Center (thru October 12)
Erik Groff is on display, exploring the paradigms of reuse, deification of capital and a society locked into ever deepening cycles of overconsumption, Groff reorients his creativity toward furthering the cause of art, rather than that of finance and the product driven. The result is an art which seeks to bridge the void between ’respectable’ gallery art and art made from discarded materials.

Ringling Museum of Art (thru January 29)
The Amazing American Poster: The Strobridge Lithography Company presents eigthy  “brilliantly colored, boldly bombastic posters” on display through the new year. Originally organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (thru November 13)
Four Portfolios of the Twentieth Century showcasing Archipenko, Gropper, Evans and Doisneau. This exhibit brings together two lithographic and two photographic portfolios by four important artists. Robert Doisneau and Alexander Archipenko are European, photographer Walker Evans and artist William Gropper  are Americans.

SYNTAX: TEXT AND SYMBOLS FOR A NEW GENERATION

Tampa Museum of Art
Final Day – September 25

Last weekend for Sytax (Selections from the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection),  an exhibition that examines the current generation of artists’ interest in text, symbolism, and means of information transference. Drawn from the Hadley Martin Fisher collection in Miami, this project is the first opportunity to experience the depth of this fascinating new collection of contemporary art.

The 20th century began with the inclusion of written text within the collages of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. As the century progressed, text remained an important presence within the art world. With the appearance of Pop Art, textual references reappeared in staggering fashion. Conceptual art, with all of its challenges to the nature of the art object, relied heavily on text as a vehicle to express its desire to rupture and overturn accepted forms of expression. By the 1990s and early 2000s, artists began to reposition text and symbolic matter into new formats and to increasingly expanding ends. In addition to the experiments within the art world, reassessments continued in the philosophical and linguistic discourse about what constitutes meaning within textual references.

In Syntax, the Museum has chosen an important theme that is central to the Hadley Martin Fisher (HMF) Collection: text-based work created by a new generation of conceptual artists. This exhibition highlights several key early works in the text-based genre within the HMF Collection (by artists such as John Baldessari, Mel Bochner and Joseph Kosuth) against a wide array of younger artists who revisit the importance of word, symbolism, communication and information transference. Together, these artists show that text-based art is a vital and vibrant presence. More than 30 artists are featured in this exhibition, including Fiona Banner, Natalie Djurberg, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Gober, Sean Landers, Christian Marclay, Seth Price and Jason Rhoades.

Syntax marks the first time that the HMF Collection has been shown in such depth and demonstrates the collector’s belief that in his new home, Florida, thought-provoking contemporary visual art plays a key role in defining the cultural conversation. Budding collector Hadley Martin Fisher, it has been said, “has art collecting in his genes.” Mr. Fisher’s passion for art and collecting can be attributed to his interaction with the collection of iconic modern masterworks that his grandmother, Emily Fisher Landau, assembled over the last four decades. Her longstanding contributions to the artistic and philanthropic worlds are evident in her grandson’s efforts today.

Hadley Fisher’s commitment to the bridging of arts and education was further inspired by the life of his late brother, Andrew Fisher, a young art student destined for a promising artistic career. Launched in 2007, the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection is an ever-advancing compilation of contemporary and emerging artists that firmly supports Umberto Eco’s belief that “every cultural phenomenon can be studied as communication.” The Collection seeks to understand the changing nature of text, symbolism and means of communication in art of our time.

Based in Miami, Hadley Martin Fisher is involved in real estate and development with his family’s business, Fisher Brothers Corporation. He serves on the board of the Fisher Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and the Film and Photography Acquisitions Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Fisher has recently become engaged with the philanthropic community in Miami with his support of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lotus House Women’s Shelter. Fisher holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University. Along with a passion for science and art collecting, he pursues his love for the theatre by devoting much of his spare time to studying literature, poetry, and plays, as well as various forms and methods of acting.

Y Not Women???

October 7 – October 26, 2011
The Studio at Gulf and Pine

An Homage to Female Artists Throughout History. Under the umbrella of Festival sARTee, a community-wide celebration of Sarasota and Manatee’s arts and cultural offerings, the public is invited to an exhibit featuring contemporary artwork by “artinsight-sarasota” artists, Bettina Sego, Janet Mishner, Susan von Gries, and Gail Rubinfeld.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2011
3pm-5pm Lecture by Kevin Costello Presenting “A Woman’s View”
5pm – 7pm: Meet the Artists
Musical Entertainment by Olivia Swaan, Irish harp and song

artinsight-sarasota.com

10101 Gulf Drive (corner Pine Avenue)
Anna Maria Island
941-778-1906

Frank Hopper at Designing Women Boutique

September 29, 2011 @ 11:30 AM
Designing Women Boutique

Distinguised Artist/Illustrator Frank Hopper will be speaking at Designing Women Boutique at their September 29, 2011 Salon Series Luncheon: Mini-lecture, deli lunch and live style show – proceeds go DWB’s grant pool that supports local arts and human services organizations. You may purchase tickets online at designingwomenboutique.org

POSTED BY: Designing Women Boutique
HOST: Designing Women Boutique
WHEN: Thursday September 29, 2011 @ 11:30 AM
WHERE: Designing Women Boutique 1226 N. Tamiami Trail at 13th St. Sarasota FL 34231
COST: $16 per person
MORE INFO: designingwomenboutique.org
Phone: 941.544-7612

Fresh Paints – Group Exhibition

October 7 – December 15, 2011
Group exhibition showcasing the works of three Ringling College Alumni Matteo Caloiaro, Brooke Olivares, and Andy Espinoza.

October 7 – December 15, 2011
Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Group exhibition showcasing the works of three Ringling College Alumni Matteo Caloiaro, Brooke Olivares, and Andy Espinoza. Each artist will present 12 – 17 paintings depicting a variety of subjects. Opening reception will be catered by the Longboat Key Club. Everyone is welcomed to join!

Panel Discussion:
Discussion will be hosted by Illene Denton, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Sarasota Magazine and BIZ941, Jay Handelman, Theatre and Television Critic and Arts Writer for the Herald Tribune Media Group. Discussion will include the views and perspectives of artists from both “The Provacative Painters” and “Fresh Paints”

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Drive S. Longboat Key, FL 34228

For more Information call 941.383.2345 or email: lbkca@ringling.edu
More details about the event:  http://www.ringling.edu/index.php?id=1332#c11659