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Detroit Art Offerings – July 12, 2012

Your online guide to great contemporary art in Detroit.
July 12, 2012 – News, exhibitions, openings and events.

Re:View Contemporary Gallery

Niagara:  WAR PAINT

Re:View Gallery is pleased to present “WAR PAINT,” Niagara’s first solo exhibit in her hometown Detroit in over eight years.  In WAR PAINT, Niagara, co-founder of the seminal proto-punk art collective Destroy All Monsters, explores the roles of women during wartime, specifically World War II, using her trademark comic panel narrative style with a unique mixture of color, attitude and wit.

Heavily influenced by her interest in war history and the leadership and charisma that entail this delicate dynamic of morality and destruction, the focus of this new body of work is not too far from Niagara’s previous mercenary femme fatales and beautiful miscreants whose femininity has never been an obstacle in wreaking havoc upon their enemies. The subjects in the current works are still speaking of power, beauty and violence, but this time in the “morally acceptable” theater of war.

Opening Saturday, July 14, 7-10pm.

Show runs through August 4. 

Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Warren Mackenzie

Opening Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm.
Show closes on August 4.


Long-Sharp | Curis Modern & Contemporary Fine Art
Constance Edwards Scopolitis

With a deep psychological imagination, Constance Edwards Scopelitis has made a career in the world of portraiture. Gallery visitors will see works containing neo-classical elements, subliminal imagery and symbols that represent mythology or personal storytelling.

Scopelitis began her career studying under American figurative painting legend Isabel Bishop and continued her study alongside other notable figurative painters such as David Leffel and Peter Cox. Thrice given the nod by American Art Collector (most recently in 2011), Scopelitis was also chosen, along with 24 other international artists, to attend an exclusive fellowship invitational in Holland in 2010. Scopelitis’ mediums of choice are oil on linen or charcoal on paper, and she specializes in contemporary figurative works.


Opening Friday, July 13, 8-10pm.
Show runs through August 25.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Picasso and Matisse:  The DIA’s Prints and Drawings

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954) were ground-breaking visionaries who constantly experimented with techniques and materials. This exhibition features almost all of the works by Picasso and Matisse in the museum’s prints and drawings collections, showcasing their revolutionary achievements that defined much of 20th-century art. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.. Special Exhibition Central, 2nd level.

Show runs through January 6.

Pewabic Pottery
Simply by Hand
This exhibition will bring togetherarchitectural ceramics by contemporary artists from Europe, the U.S., and Michigan along with a new work by Pewabic staff designers, made exclusively for this exhibition.

This exhibition will show, where available, drawings, sample boards, models and photographs for tile murals, small tile compositions, tiles produced for singular commissions, or speculatively, and vessel work where applicable. Throughout the exhibition, photographs will be displayed to show tile and architectural ceramic work in situ. Visitors will also learn a little about the long history of architectural ceramics, especially decorative tiles.
Opening Friday, July 13, 6-8pm.Show runs through October 14.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Members Biennial Juried Show
Paint Creek Center for the Arts is proud to present its second Members Biennial Juried Art Show.  PCCA’s adult members were invited to submit work in all media. Members of PCCA’s Exhibition Committee reviewed all submissions, and chose a variety of works by 24 member artists. The committee selected a total of 62 individual artworks, including watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, mixed media works, photographs, ceramics, and wood sculpture.    
Opening Friday, July 13, 7-9pm.
Show runs through August 11.  

Sandra Cardew:  Recent Works in Collage and Assemblage

Sandra has developed a singular voice over the years with her collage and assemblage works combing paper, fabric, found objects and other media. 

Opening Friday, July 13, 7-9pm.

Art Effect Gallery

SixandFour Articulation Group Tour

Art Effect Gallery welcomes East Coast performance group SixandFour Articulation Tour. Donation only so stop by and give them a nice Detroit welcome.

To learn more click here.

Performance Friday, July 13, 8pm.  

Detroit: through artist’s eyes

Art Effect Gallery will host “Detroit: through artist’s eyes”.  They will feature video by Gary Watts and Ginni Reiter, photographs from Maya Fardoun, Rosa María Zamarron, Jason Rutter, painting by Lebree Jones and installation by Rebekka Parker.

Opening Saturday, July 14, 6-9pm. 

Whitdel Arts
Summer Selection
A three person show, featuring three exceptional artists:Elizabeth Wight, Patrick Maguire and Ash Nowak in the areasof Photography, Painting, and Fine Arts.

Opening Friday, July 13, 7-10pm.Panel discussion 8:15pm, with guests from Elizabeth Wight’s book, “Detroit Now”.

Popps Packing

Prodical Tongues
Popps Packing recently purchased a storefront and house across the street from them (also known as the “Northwest Territories”). In addition they have launched their Residency program, hosting their first set of artists, Christian Tedeschi and Michael Bizon, both from LA.  The artists have been hard at work all month transforming the storefront into a maze of delightful treasures, utilizing the history and materials offered by the space.  Here’s your chance to check out this intervention/installation.

Also on permanent display: “Debuitendouche” by visiting Dutch instigator Erik Jutten, so bring your swimming trunks

On display Sunday, July 15, 11am-8pm. 

Funhouse Gallery
1st Anniversary Party
Art, Food, Drinks & Music!
Danny Kroha performs at 10pm.Saturday, July 17, 7-12am.




Start Gallery

Map of Forgotten Places

A Stereoscopic 3D installation encompassing the entire gallery

Show runs through July 21. 

Butter Projects

Closing Reception of Rising & Falling

“Rising & Falling” is an exhibition of epic proportions; focusing on histories, the artists double as storyteller with visual narratives that contain compelling tales that span the ages. Butter Projects invites you to travel through time, from ancient to present day with accounts both real and imagined.


Closing Friday, July 13, 7-10pm.   


2435 Tribe:  “Mystery Meet”The 2435 Tribe is an artist collective based out of Detroit, Michigan.  The main goal of the tribe is to help beautify and inspire the city by means of colaboration & innovation.Opening Friday, July 13, 6:30-8:30pm. 


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