The Front Row, 08/01/2006

Barbara Kruger: Untitled
Today art publisher Peter Blum shows us around the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's massive three-part exhibition of graphic art produced by his firm during a fifteen-year period at the end of the twentieth century and we meet Angela Fuller, the newly appointed concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. . .

Brice Marden: 21 from Etchings to RexrothPeter Blum is an American-born art critic, art dealer and film-maker who has lived most of his life in Europe. In 1980, he decided to begin publishing art prints by European and American graphic artists of his own generation. Rather than issuing individual pieces, he conceived the idea of producing cohesive, multi-image portfolios that would function as, as he called them, "exhibitions in boxes."  He has been eminently successful at this endeavor, and in 1996, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston purchased copies of ALL the prints and books that Peter Blum had published from 1981 through the middle of 1994.  Blum and his company responded generously, donating to the MFAH all of the preparatory materials that they owned that related to the finished prints in the collection, including initial concept drawings and proofs from various stages of the printing process. This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is presenting a massive, three-part survey of the work produced by Peter Blum Edition during those years. Installation One of the exhibition, Singular Multiples, features graphic work by five European neo-Expressionists.  Installation Two focuses on a portfolio of twelve elegant, geometric woodcuts called The Collinasca Cycle, created by Canadian-American sculptor David Rabinowitch in 1992.  Installation Three, which opened a week-and-a-half ago, is the largest component of the exhibition, and covers a wide range of styles: more European Expressionism … American figurative work … abstractions, minimalism and quasi-surrealism from both sides of the Atlantic … and pieces that utilize appropriated and manipulated photography. KUHF's Alison Young went to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston the day before the Third Part of the exhibition opened, and talked about it with publisher Peter Blum. Audio here.  

Concertmaster Angela FullerThe Houston Symphony has announced the appointment of Angela Fuller as its new concertmaster. Fuller is a Seattle native. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and did graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with William Preucil.  She was the 1998 winner of the Minnesota Orchestra's WAMSO Young Artists Competition, and took first prize in San Francisco's Irving M. Klein International String Competition in 2000. In addition to her seven-year stint with the Minnesota Orchestra, Angela Fuller has also performed at the music festivals in Tanglewood; Aspen; Chautauqua, New York; and at San Diego's Mostly Mozart Festival. I spoke with her on the phone this morning.  Audio here.