Art Fix Friday: September 2, 2022

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

Ruby C. Williams, a folk artist known for her colorful paintings that started out as advertisements for her farm stand in Florida, died August 8 at 94. She was born in Bealsville, Florida, a community founded in 1865 by 12 formerly enslaved people, including Mary Reddick, her great-grandmother. 

A black-and-white photograph of a woman with a dark skin tone wearing a white shirt, white jeans, and a white baseball hat. She is holding up her arms and slightly looks to the left; standing before a fruit stand with hand-painted signs.
Folk artist Ruby C. Williams around 2009 stands in front of her produce stand in a rural part of Florida, east of Tampa; Photo courtesy of Jeanine Taylor Folk Art

In her artistic process, she used house paint when she first started and later moved to acrylics; plywood was a favorite surface. Her works, sometimes whimsical and sometimes reflecting hard aspects of life, have been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. She received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 2005. “My life is to look up and reach up and take somebody with me no matter what, make someone else happy,” she once said. “I think that’s what the art does.”

Front-Page Femmes

Artnews features Dana Davenport’s braid chandelier sculptures, which the artist creates to express her experience as a Black and Asian woman.

The Art Newspaper reviews Martine Syms’s humorous and unsettling exhibition She Mad Season One exploring the Black experience in the U.S. at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Hyperallergic reviews Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic, currently on view at the British Museum.

Ebony G. Patterson will become the first artist to co-curate Prospect New Orleans, a citywide contemporary art triennial, in its 2024 edition, alongside Miranda Lash.

The New York Times speaks to Korean artist Lee Bul, whose work blending old traditions and new techniques is on view at Frieze Seoul this year.

A set of seven Tarot cards rests on a black surface. The cards are illustrated with bright colors and depict mythical scenes. Some cards have text such as “The Sun” or “The Empress” in big bold letters written underneath the illustrations.
Tarot Cards from the Rider Tarot Deck illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith; Photo courtesy © Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

An exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art highlights Pamela Colman Smith, the artist and occultist who designed the Art Nouveau-inspired Tarot deck.

Elizabeth Peyton, known for her portraits of celebrities and close friends, created the poster for the new horror film Bones and All, debuting at the Venice Film Festival.

A virtual re-creation of 800 little-known objects and ephemera belonging to Frida Kahlo went on display last week as part of Decentraland’s third-annual Metaverse Art Week.

Artsy interviews Austrian artist Anouk Lamm Anouk, whose exhibition Lesbian Jazz: Meditating in the Alps is currently on view at Patricia Low Contemporary.

Shows We Want to See

A black-and-white photograph depicts two hands on a dinner table, seen from above. One is holding a cigarette above a glass ashtray, and one is resting next to a full wine glass. Underneath the photograph, the text “She Would Demurely Sip Cherry Kool Aid From a Wine Glass and Puff on Bubble Gum Cigarettes” is written in pencil.
Marcia Resnick, She Would Demurely Sip Cherry Kool Aid From a Wine Glass and Puff on Bubble Gum Cigarettes, 1978; Photo courtesy of the Linda and Lawrence Photography Endowment and the Walter McCarthy and Clara Ueland Endowment for Photographs 2019.99.4

At the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be explores the innovative photography of Marcia Resnick (Brooklyn, born 1950). Resnick’s photographs explore aesthetic, social, and political issues and challenge traditional ideas about photography. On view through December 11, 2022.

MoCa Cleveland presents Renée Green: Contact, an exhibition that occupies all of MoCa Cleveland’s public spaces and reaches into the city through workshops and film screenings. On view through December 31, 2022.

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