Jane Ingram Allen
Writing about Art
Since 1996 I have been writing articles about art and issues relating to artists for publication in nationally circulated art magazines. I also write critical reviews of exhibitions in alternative spaces, art centers, galleries and museums in the USA and throughout the world that I see on my travels. I often write about art I see in Taiwan and other Asian countries as I am based in central Taiwan now for most of each year. I am particularly interested in writing about artists who do sculpture and installation art and works with an environmental focus. I have also written many exhibition catalogs and curatorial statements for shows that I organized while working as an art center curator and also as an independent curator.
OTHER WRITING PROJECTS
Jane wrote an article about the collaborative environmental artworks of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison that was published in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of PUBLIC ART REVIEW.
Jane's article about Dongba paper was in the Winter 2007 issue of HAND PAPERMAKING magazine. This article tells about Jane's January 2007 residency at Lijiang Studio, Lijiang, Yunnan province, China. While in Yunnan Jane visited the local papermaking expert Mr. Li, who still makes paper in the traditional way as practiced by the Dongba, or priests/shamen of the local tribal culture. A sample of the Dongba paper created by Mr. Li was also included in the magazine.
Jane's interview with Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison was published in the December 2007 issue of SCULPTURE magazine. Jane interviewed the Harrisons during their April 2007 visit to Taiwan and talked with them about their current work in Taiwan and recent projects as environmental artists/consultants/thinkers. Jane is also writing an article about the collaboration aspects of the Harrisons' work that will be published in an upcoming issue of PUBLIC ART REVIEW.
Jane's interview with sculptor, Nancy Rubins was in the April 2007 issue of SCULPTURE magazine. This issue of Sculpture also has a sculpture by Nancy Rubins on the cover. Jane's feature article is entitled "Pushing the Structure." For more information visit the website of www.sculpture.org and click on to SCULPTURE magazine and then "Archives." Jane interviewed Nancy Rubins while she was in the USA in June 2007 and saw Rubins' work at the SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY and the public art installation at Lincoln Center, NYC. In the interview Nancy Rubins talked with Jane about her development as an artist and the ideas behind her work.
Jane's article titled "Ephemeral Environmental Art" was in the April 2007 issue of ART CALENDAR magazine. In this article Jane wrote about the concept of ephemeral environmental art., installations that do not last and that change with nature and audience participation. The article included information and photos of some of her recent environmental art installations that are designed to change over time and eventually disappear. The article also included information and photos about other artists who are creating ephemeral environmental art installations.
An article by Jane titled "Contemporary Sculpture in Osaka, Japan," appeared in the January/February, 2007 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review of Ya-chu Kang's exhibition at the Taichung Cultural Bureau Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan,, appeared in the November 2006 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review of Wen-fu Yu's exhibition "The Air" at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, appeared in the March 2006 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review of Kaoru Motomiya's exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Jim Thompson House Gallery, appeared in the January/February 2006 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review of the Taipei Biennial Exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum was in the May 2005 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review of the "Bunker Museum of Art" exhibition on the island of Kinmen, Taiwan, in the Spring 2005 issue of PUBLIC ART REVIEW.
"Beacon - A Sculpture Destination" is a feature article by Jane in the July-August 2004 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's review "The Paper Sculpture Show" is published in the online edition of SCULPTURE (www.sculpture.org).for July-August 2004. This review is a critique of a recent exhibition at the Sculpture Center in New York.
Jane's article about contemporary artists who are using mirrors and other reflective materials in their works is available online at the SCULPTURE magazine website www.sculpture.org
Jane's review of the Ann Hamilton installation "Corpus" at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, appeared in the October 2004 issue of SCULPTURE..
Other recent articles in SCULPTURE include an interview with Fred Wilson, the sculptor/installation artist who was chosen to represent the USA at the 2003 Venice Biennial. Jane's interview with Fred Wilson appeared in the June 2003 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
exhibitions that Jane has reviewed for SCULPTURE
include the following:
Jane is also a Contributing Writer for ART CALENDAR, the business magazine for visual artists. Her article titled "Art Ambassador: International Opportunities for Artists" appeared in the October 2004 issue of ART CALENDAR. An article by Jane about cooperative galleries appeared in the November 2003 issue. Other recent articles for ART CALENDAR include "Designing the Studio" November 2002 issue and "He Did It - Doug Kornfeld's Public Art Commission Completed" December 2002 issue.
The November 2001 issue of ART CALENDAR contained an interview by Jane with artist Doug Kornfeld about his recently won public art commission. The May 2001 issue of ART CALENDAR contains Jane's article about her 2001 residency in Kathmandu, Nepal. Click here for more information about Jane's January 2001 residency in Nepal. The June 2001 issue of ART CALENDAR contained an article Jane wrote about grants and other opportunities for artists. The September 2001 issue contained an article Jane wrote about arts in education opportunities for artists.
An article Jane wrote about the recent work of Beverly Semmes titled "Beverly Semmes - Palpable Color" is in the May issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's article titled "First Night Opportunities" appears in the April 2001 issue of ART CALENDAR. This article is about Jane's First Night Binghamton 2001 project which involved working with community groups in Binghamton, NY. Jane created a temporary installation of thousands of handmade paper leaves with thoughts for the New Year written on them. Click here for more information about Jane's community art project for First Night Binghamton 2001.
Review of "Cornelia Parker" Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MA. Jane's review of this 10-year retrospective exhibition by London sculptor/installation artist Cornelia Parker was in the July-August, 2000 issue of SCULPTURE MAGAZINE.
"Participatory Works: Viewers as Co-Creators" - This article was published in the Jan./Feb. 2000 issue of SCULPTURE. The article covered the works of several artists who have been making works in which the viewer is actively engaged as a co-creator. Among the featured artists are Cai Guo-Ciang, Xu Bing, Niizeki Hiromi, Devorah Sperber and Keiko Kurachi and Satoru Takahashi. The works were all recently exhibited in New York state galleries, museums and art centers.
"Cecilia Vicuna and Lenor Malen - Art in General" - This review was published in the October 1999 issue of SCULPTURE.
"Raymond Saa Stein and 'In My Room' - White Columns" - This review was published in the October 1999 issue of SCULPTURE.
"Marcia Widenor - OIA (Organization of Independent Artists)" - This review was published in the November 1999 issue of SCULPTURE.
"Installations" - This feature article was published in the April 1999 issue of ART CALENDAR.
"Doing Outdoor Art Installations" - This feature article was published in the June 1999 issue of ART CALENDAR.
OTHER ARTICLES PUBLISHED
1998 - Jane wrote an article about artists registries which discusses the advantages of artists having their work represented in slide banks and relates some of Jane's own career advances that have come through people seeing her slides in registries. This article was published in ART CALENDAR.
Jane has also written a review for SCULPTURE magazine on outdoor sculpture shows in the Berkshires and upper Hudson River Valley area. The review included mention of work shown at the annual "Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood" exhibition at Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA and an exhibition at ART/OMI in Ghent, NY, among several others. This review was published in the January, 1999 issue of SCULPTURE magazine.
Jane's article on alternative spaces titled "Changing Alternative Spaces - Looking to the Next Century" appeared in the October 1998 issue of SCULPTURE magazine. The article discusses how alternative spaces are making innovative changes to meet the challenges of the changing art world and the world in general. This article was prompted by my recent visit to the newly renovated and reopened P.S. 1 Museum in Long Island City, NY. For this article I talked with many curators and administrators at alternative spaces throughout the country to see what they are doing and how they are adjusting.
Jane wrote a monograph published by ART CALENDAR about Residencies for Artists. RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS is one of the series of monographs published by ART CALENDAR on topics of interest to artists. The pamphlet-length publication covers information about various places in the U.S. and other countries which offer residencies for artists. Selected artists colonies and other art organizations where artists are given time and space to live and work on their art are surveyed. The monograph also contains interviews with artists and administrators at various sites. The monograph has been available from ART CALENDAR since the summer of 1998.
Tim Merrick at Sculpture Space Utica, NY.
is a list of my other published writings with a short summary for each:
On June 11, 1998, Jane's article in the January 1998 issue of ART CALENDAR titled "Art Venues that Pay Artists to Exhibit" sparked a discussion group at the Baltimore-based Fell's Point Creative Alliance's June 11 meeting. This active group of artists and art supporters discussed Jane's article and others in a discussion about "The Future of Alternative Spaces."
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions," SCULPTURE,
"Artist-Organized Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions," SCULPTURE,
"Artist-Organized Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions," SCULPTURE,
September 1997, pp. 44-49.
article includes a survey of outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout
the country which are organized by artists themselves. Particular mention
is given to the summer outdoor sculpture exhibition at Empire-Fulton Ferry
State Park, Brooklyn, NY, which is organized by the Brooklyn Waterfront
Artist's Coalition, which is now in its fifteenth year. Also included
is information about the outdoor sculpture show at Navy Pier, Chicago;
the Convergence outdoor sculpture exhibitions each year in Providence,
RI; along with other venues in different areas of the country such as
downtown storefront windows and shows in fields and public parks.
article covers my experience as an artist in residence at the Duntog Foundation,
Baguio City, Philippines and includes photographs of some of the work
I did there. My project at the Duntog was creating outdoor temporary shelters
of handmade paper and other natural materials such as bamboo. The structures
were installed in a public garden there and were designed to disintegrate
over time becoming compost. During my residency I learned about Philippine
fibers and techniques for hand papermaking.
also contains a discussion of my residency experience during the month
of January 1996 at the Duntog Foundation, Baguio City, Philippines. The
article contains more information about papermaking in the Philippines
and the place of the Duntog Foundation as a center for education in the
art of hand papermaking. The article contains photographs taken during
my residency and shows some of the "temporary shelters" made
during my residency and exhibited at the Duntog Foundation.
catalog includes photographs and writing about the work of seven sculptors
all having a connection to the village of Hamilton in Central New York.
Each of the artists are contemporary sculptors making large-scale works
and all are either present or former residents of Hamilton. This outdoor
sculpture exhibition was held on the Village Green during the summer of
1995 when the Village celebrated its 200th birthday. The show included
works in metal, mixed media, wood and other materials installed by the
artists in a public park setting. The catalog contains an introductory
essay, information about each of the artists (Jane Ingram Allen, Daniella
Dooling, Adam Farrington, Susanne Farrington, Peter W. Michel, Marsha
Trattner and Gail Scott White) and a listing of works in the exhibition.
This page was last updated April 5, 2007