Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International

Carol Skinger painting of Carnegie International 2013

Carol Skinger’s piece “Family Portrait in the CMOA Permanent Collection”  22” x 12”Watercolor, ink,  color pencil 

Pittsburgh PA- The Carnegie International has been especially engaging since it opened October 2013.  I have 9 pieces titled “Carnegie International Sketchbook Project”. accepted for exhibit in the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA) exhibit responding to the International titled “Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International”. Show runs March 8-March 29, 2014.

Site is the 3rd Street Gallery in Carnegie, PA at 220 3rd  Street Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106. Regular gallery hours AFTER the March 8 opening are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11-4pm.

Internationally Inspired” is a creative response by members of PSA to the 2013 Carnegie International.  After viewing, reading and researching the exhibit PSA members used their artistic creativity to channel their reactions.

It was on my 4th visit to see the Carnegie International when I came across the work of Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh. The invitation to turn the pages of his painted book, wearing no white gloves, or being removed from it by a glass case or apparently hovering guards was exciting! I found the immediacy, the lack of preciousness, and therefore the remove from words like archival, acid free, work for the ages, DON’T TOUCH was inspiring and freeing. It made me want to run home, open the many drawers of collected art supplies, grab some paper and start making art around the subject of the Carnegie International. I found the screen itself was also a subject of my new pieces. So many people are using digital cameras in museums now and in many cases museums are fine with that. The screen of a phone being used as a camera, the lens of the film crew from WQED, and the TV screen imagined in Helen and Scott Nearing’s home are a few of the subjects in my sketchbook project. Each page can be purchased individually for $250. Watercolor, compressed charcoal, ink, pastel and color pencil are the media.

If you are the kind of person who wants to immerse yourself in articles and reviews of the 2013 Carnegie International here is a list of links. Study and go to the Carnegie International (which ends March 16, 2014) and by all means come to our opening March 8, 2014!

Local public television affiliate WQED made an 8 minute video about the 2013 Carnegie International here. I happened to be in the museum the day they were shooting, and this is one of my 9 pieces.

Carol Skinger WQED shoot at CMOA International (2)

Carol Skinger’s “WQED shoot at 2013 Carnegie International ”  22” x 12” Watercolor and Pastel. WQED’s  Tonia Caruso hosts in front of the Phyllida Barlow sculpture “Untitled: upturnedhouse”  which CMOA purchased. With producer Jill Neely, and Museum spokesman Jonathan Gaugler, and a bystander.   Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I“ seen.   

This first article is about the re-hanging of permanent collection for this Carnegie International and why, is written by Graham Shearing, a collector, critic, curator, consultant and writer who has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years.

Andrew Russeth  reviewed the Carnegie International  for The Gallerist.  

Philip Anselmo writes for City Paper about Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh’s work  here 

Peter Schjeldahl’ piece for the New Yorker “Play Time: The Carnegie International” is worth reading, and so is Roberta Smith for the New York Times. “Global Extravaganza, but on a Human Scale”.

Jonathan Griffin, a British writer and critic based in Los Angeles writes about it in Art Agenda here.   

Bill O’Driscoll of City Paper writes about Transformazium, an artists’ collective based in Braddock in his article “The Carnegie International returns, this time with more local flavor: Curators look to bring the world to Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh to the world”.