NEWS WINTER 2024
NEW BLOG ON ARTWAY – Book review of James Tughan: CONTACT: The Artistry of Jesus in Nine Faces. Oakville, ON: Nadir Publishing, 2023. ‘In his book James Tughan asks us to consider the idea that Jesus was first an artist before He was anything else. The premise of this book in its art and its words is that in all His interactions with His creation, and the persons in it, in all our successes and failures, His artistry is clearly evident. However, it is previously unlimited artistry that not only is humbled within human limitation, but which passes through the experience of trauma. The biblical story is one of overcoming it to reinvigorate the creation and artistry itself.’ Read more
NEW EXHBITION BY BRIAN WHELAN. HOLY GROUND – BELIEVERS AND DREAMERS is a new exhibition at the popular ARTworks Gallery at beautiful St Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut. The show, entitled Holy Ground– Believers and Dreamers, will showcase paintings devoted to well-known narratives leading up to Easter Sunday. The subject painting above imagines a peaceful Holy City of all faiths during the upcoming solar and lunar eclipses.
“[Brian Whelan’s] whimsical mix of the sacred and the mundane --the cosmic and the comic--appeals to post-moderns who prefer their religion packaged in a bit of irony. It can hardly be called trendy. Whelan’s style is as old as the medieval artisans who carved gargoyles next to saints and illuminated sacred texts with scandalous marginalia. Seeing a Whelan painting, writes one art critic, is like ‘looking at a stained glass window through the eyes of Bart Simpson.” — John Kohan (Brian Whelan: Sacred Art Pilgrim)
OPEN LECTURE: ART AND THE CHRISTIAN IN AN AGE OF MASS CULTURE. The Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago has extended an invitation to an open lecture by Professor Ephraim Radner. The lecture will be on 'Art and the Christian in an Age of Mass Culture: A Theological discussion on a famous argument of Walter Benjamin regarding art and its reproduction'. Time: Tuesday 13 February at 5:15pm – 6.30pm (NZ time). Place: Archway 2, University of Otago, Dunedin, or livestreamed here.
"CREATION LONGS" SOLO EXHIBITION BY JOSH TIESSEN. OPENING RECEPTION: February 16, 6pm - 9pm. Location: Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada. "Creation Longs" is an early career retrospective from international award-winning contemporary artist, Josh Tiessen. Select paintings from Tiessen's 15-year career will be on exhibition at Wycliffe College located at the University of Toronto, Canada's premiere academic institution. The theme for this show highlights Tiessen’s emphasis on beauty, particularity, and diversity in the natural world. More than mere aesthetic appreciation, the artist shines a light on the ethical dimensions of creation’s groaning for redemption, longing to be liberated from its bondage to decay, as articulated by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8. Tiessen explores humanity’s relationship with nature, often juxtaposing animals with abandoned remnants of human civilizations.
ICONS: A WAY OF TRULY SEEING . 3 FEB, 10:30AM-4:00PM. 2 CANTERBURY RD, OXFORD. This event will discuss the role of icons in helping us to see the world, how we perceive each other, and how icons are made orthodox. https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3ade6fb4-3b9a-4382-8304-b2e11daf1a7d/
SERPENT SYMBOLISMS: FROM MYTHOLOGICAL RAGE TO BIBLICAL WRATH. 16 FEB, 6:30-7:00PM, 7:30-8:00PM. THE NATIONAL GALLERY. Wiebke Leister and Catherine McCormack uncover how contradictory snake iconographies have been used in both mythological and biblical paintings. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events/friday-lates-gallery-tour-serpent-symbolisms-from-mythological-rage-to-biblical-wrath-16-02-2024
HOPE COLLEGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM. Hope College runs the Borgeson Artist in Residence Program, a twelve-week summer artist residency. The residency seeks to support the creation of new art through the provision of a stipend, studio and living space on Hope’s campus, along with engagement with the college’s art and art history departments. Learn more + apply by February 17.
INTERVIEW WITH CALVIN SEERVELD IN PORTUGUESE. ArtWay has just published an interview with the philosopher Calvin Seerveld. The interview is conducted in Portuguese and translated by an interpreter. See the interview here
THE JOY OF EVERYDAY LIFE – The Joy of Everyday Life in the Netherlands and Denmark, The Nivaagaard Collection, Nivå, Denmark. Quiet moments and hard toil, exuberant company and rowdy parties, love and fighting – plus all the breaks in between. The prolific Dutch art world of the seventeenth century bore witness to a new trend, as painters increasingly began to depict everyday events and objects. During the Danish Golden Age of the nineteenth century, Danish artists followed suit and The Nivaagaard Collection has now gathered together some famous masterworks and hidden treasures from these two periods. The exhibition will include more than 100 works from leading museums and private collections in the Netherlands, USA, France, England, Sweden and Denmark. The Joy of Everyday Life in the Netherlands and Denmark focuses on what is known as genre painting – depictions of folk like in which ordinary people take on leading roles as narrative subjects within everyday settings. The scenes depicted are frequently sensuous and humorous, often peculiar and sometimes moralizing. And they are loaded with detail – from glimmering copper kettles to soft textiles and reflections in a beer glass. Even today, genre painting still manages to reach right our own life experiences and provoke feelings of presence, compassion, revulsion or perhaps even a smile as we come face to face with people from a forgotten time, depicted by some of the greatest artists in history. Read more