Monday, November 21, 2011

Lew Andrew's new book on Edward Weston and Jean Charlot

Announcing the publication of faculty member Lew Andrew's new book, Weston and Charlot: Art and Friendship.

Edward Weston (1886–1958) was one of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century. Jean Charlot (1898–1979), a classically trained French artist best known for his murals, woodcuts, and paintings celebrating Mexican culture, played a key role as a participant and chronicler of the Mexican Renaissance. This book, based on letters that Weston and Charlot exchanged from the early 1920s until Weston’s death in 1958, documents a friendship that says as much about art—about photography and fresco, practice, criticism, and history—as it does about the intersection of a number of fascinating characters, the ups and downs of the correspondents’ daily lives, the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations, and the support and encouragement they gave each other.

Lew Andrews crafts a multivalent narrative that reconfigures our understanding of Weston, Charlot, and their era, shedding new light on specific events and artwork. While giving us rare insight into the everyday life of these artists, this work also supplies an important chapter in the history of twentieth-century art and photography, seen close up and from the inside.

Weston Lambert

New glass sculptures by alum Weston Lambert at Oracle 113 Gallery (New York City, New York)

New Sculpture by Karen Lucas at Keone‘ula Elementary School

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts dedicated a bronze sculpture by alum Karen Lucas at Keone‘ula Elementary School in Ewa Beach, Oahu. The sculpture entitled, “KEONE‘ULA,” was created as part of the SFCA Artists in Residence Program.

Lucas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1956. She attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts in 1980. Karen went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy from the University of New Mexico, which she received in 1984, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 1998. Hawai‘i has been her home since 1991.