Legend has it that the Twelfth Night Celebration incorporated a cake with a hidden bean baked inside of it. Whoever found the bean was crowned King or Queen of the Night's festivities and a suitable way to end the traditional Christmas holiday. Perhaps you are celebrating the closing of the holiday season in other ways, but let's start off 2011 with some great exhibits that spanned 2010 and 2011! First up, is the "Seductive Subverions: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968" at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The first survey of this fun time period in art history organized by Sid Sachs highlight the women of the pop art movement. Closing January 9, 2011...catch it while you can. For more info go to www.brooklynmuseum.org. Secondly, the great contemporary Italian sculptor, Michelangelo Pistoletto whose show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an outstanding survey of work from the past 30 years as well as his contemporary works closes January 17, 2011. Go to www.philamuseum.org for times. Third up, is one of my personal favorites, "Cage" at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery on 57th Street with contemporary assemblages by Bettye Saar. If you haven't seen this exhibit, go now...right now! The exhibit has been extended to January 16, 2011. The catalog is in production. For a virtual view go to www.michaelrosenfeldart.com! And last but not least is a phenomenal book arts exhibit "The Book, A Contemporary View" which opened before the holidays at The Delaware Center of Contemporary Arts. Featuring work by Doug Beube, Briane Dettmer, Buzz Specter and many others, the exhibit remains up until April 14, 2011. For more info go to www.thedcca.org. Happy Twelfth Night
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!