Book Review: 33 Artists in 3 Acts

So, you read Seven Days in the Art World and you’re ready for more? Good news! Sarah Thornton’s follow-up, 33 Artists in 3 Acts is another entertaining view of the art world and is available now! This book focuses on artists’ personas, politics, and personal relationships. Thornton asks, over and over, “What is an artist?” and never receives the same answer twice. How would you answer if the question were put to you?

From Book News:

Thornton, best selling author of “Seven Days in the Art World,” explores the question “what is an author” in this collection of profiles of thirty-three contemporary artists. Artists range from international superstars to art teachers. Stories are divided in to three acts: Politics, Kinship and Craft. Each “scene” provides intimate details into the author’s life and explores the triumphs, crises and habits of successful artists. Examples of each artist’s work are also included. Artists profiled include Ai Weiwei, Carroll Dunham, and Jack Bankowsky. Artists and lay people alike will find this a fascinating and enjoyable read. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

OCAC Events

Thesis Orals Exhibition Week Two

April 8, 2015 to April 12, 2015
OCAC CAMPUS | HOFFMAN GALLERY
Opening Reception WED APR 8 | 4-6pm

Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.

Please join us this afternoon for the opening of Thesis Orals Week Two in the Hoffman Gallery 4pm – 6pm showing the work of:

Christain Dray
Jordan Pieper
Zenia Diller
Christopher Rehwalt
Erin Brady
Melina Bishop

Gallery Hours: 10am-3pm daily


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Grand Patron in memoriam Jean Vollum
Honorary Chairs Dolly Lemelson & Carol Smith-Larson

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) celebrates the 20th year of its annual auction gala, Art on the Vine 2015.  This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday, April 11, 2015, and will be held at the Pure + Flex Space located in Northwest Portland’s Pearl District – 1315 NW Overton Street.  Attended by 500 patrons, artists, gallerists and community leaders from across the Northwest, this event offers guests an evening filled with art, wine, food and friends. The evening begins at 5:30pm.   

Proceeds from Art on the Vine support scholarship funding for OCAC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Craft students and for children, youth and teens attending the Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures Camps. 

The evening will include the Silent Auction of over 100 works of art and 40 diverse wine packages, and the Live Auction which will showcase outstanding works of art, “Art of Living” cultural experience packages, and special entertainment – all while enjoying a gourmand’s dinner created exclusively for the evening.

Featured Periodical: Metropolis

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The current issue of Metropolis features a cover story by Sam Jacob that asks “Is everyone a maker?”. You can read it online here. I think this kind of question appeals to our community, and could bring about some interesting discussion. This issue also has a couple brief features of some artists from the Pacific Northwest. Come to the library and take a look! The periodical section is right by the couches and coffee pot. See you there!

–Elsa

From their Facebook page:

“In the quest for why design happens in a certain way, Metropolis explores economic, environmental, social, cultural, political, and technological contexts. With its innovative graphic presentation and provocative voice, Metropolis shows how richly designed our world can be.” 

“Metropolis is a national trade magazine for architects and designers that attracts a wide audience. It examines contemporary life through design—architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, social responsibility, planning, and preservation. Subjects range from the sprawling urban environment to intimate living spaces to the objects we use every day.”

Book Review: Just Kids

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

“In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/341879.Just_Kids?from_search=true  

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It’s a great book to pick up after you’re done writing that thesis! Smith’s writing style is really inviting, and it was so interesting to read about that period of time in New York through the lens of these two extraordinary people. I enthusiastically recommend it! –Elsa

Find it in the stacks: ML 420 .S672 A3 2010

Friday’s post: What’s happening this weekend? OCAC Thesis Show!

Thesis Orals Exhibition Week One

April 9, 2014 to April 13, 2014
OCAC CAMPUS | HOFFMAN GALLERY

Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.

Please join us this afternoon for the opening of Thesis Orals Week one in the Hoffman Gallery 4pm – 6pm showing the work of:

Berkeley Oceguera
Emily Greaney
Kurt Van Horn
Madeleine Soich
Emma Weber
Jared Lindsey

Gallery Hours: 10am-3pm daily

Featured Periodical: SHOTS

From shotsmag.com:

SHOTS Magazine is an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography in its 28th year of publication. SHOTS is known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world. Often described as a “photographer’s photography magazine”, SHOTS reaches a wide, international audience that includes not only photographers, but also educators, gallery directors, museums and others interested in photography.

SHOTS is full of beautiful black-and-white photography, and there’s room for yours, too! If you’re a photographer and would like to submit your work for consideration, check out this link to learn more. Maybe we’ll see you in SHOTS this summer!

Book Review: Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton is a great book for anyone interested in getting a backstage pass to a number of art world insider-only events. I especially enjoyed the chapter about the art school crit class–what a process! OCAC students, does this ring true for you?? The book is written in a very conversational tone, it’s easy stay interested, and it’s a ‘quick read’. I don’t envy the stress of the auction circuit, but a trip to the Biennale sounds pretty nice! –Elsa

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From Goodreads.com: “In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale.”

Check out Seven Days in the Art World at the OCAC Library! You can find it in the stacks: N 8600 .T485 2009