Art events around town
Published 11/8/2012 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments
New art shows in the Memphis area.
Art Review: Attraction, repulsion play tug-of-war in exhibit
Published 5/16/2012 at 6:25 p.m. 0 comments
The history of body adornment takes us into strange and painful arenas. Oh sure, strictly speaking clothes and jewels are forms of body adornment, but the nitty-gritty belongs to such practices as (deliberate) scarring, piercing, tattooing and altering the size ...
Art Review: Abstract pieces hint at structure
Published 4/19/2012 at 4:28 p.m. 0 comments
What many casual observers of abstract art don't understand is that abstraction doesn't mean a jumble or confusion or haphazard swiping of paint on a surface. The essential trait is an underlying structure that lends even the headiest or seemingly ...
Art Review: Cloud forms abstract, sentient
Published 4/12/2012 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments
Two theories have credence when it comes to the talents and effectiveness of older artists. The first is that their imaginations and craft fade, and their work lapses into repetition of old themes palely reflected against the glory of the ...
Art Review: Collection follows sweep of American art
Published 3/15/2012 at 4:46 p.m. 0 comments
Visitors to the exhibition "Rembrandt, Rubens, and the Golden Age of Painting" at Dixon Gallery and Gardens should step from the large Willmott Gallery into the serene, intimate, light-filled Dixon Residence and spend a few minutes -- or, better, a ...
Art Review: Dynamic paintings celebrate abstraction
Published 2/9/2012 at 5:52 p.m. 0 comments
There's no denying that David Comstock's abstract paintings are attractive, though to say that they're easy on the eyes would perhaps stray into the area of condescension.
Art Review: Photos aim to capture 'reality' of Memphis
Published 2/1/2012 at 6:19 p.m. 0 comments
A sense of place depends as heavily on our imaginations as it does on reality, while the definition of "reality" can be as fluid as it is ambivalent. What, then, is the reality of Memphis? Cinematically, the gamut runs from ...
Art Review: Exhibit zeroes in on brief period in Faiers' career
Published 1/5/2012 at 4:58 p.m. 0 comments
I promise that at the end of this year, when I'm compiling my list of best exhibitions of 2012, this show, "Ted Faiers: Flat Space, paintings and works on paper 1953-56," will be among those selected. Since 2002, David Lusk ...
Art Review: Comical, sublime contained within unique vessels
Published 12/29/2011 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
If you're feeling a bit of a letdown between Christmas and New Year's, drive down to the National Ornamental Metal Museum for a bright pick-me-up in the form of Sarah Perkins' "Tributary" exhibition. It's a compact show, and the 13 ...
Art Review: Lusk exhibits peer into artists' creative methods
Published 12/15/2011 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
For its last shows of 2011, David Lusk Gallery juxtaposes the witty, elegant and highly finished welded bronze sculptures of Carroll Todd with the purposefully unfinished -- or at least giving that illusion -- sketches and drafts of works by ...
Art Review: Painter's 'Visions' focused on mystical world
Updated 12/2/2011 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
Art is everywhere, it seems, displayed in commercial galleries, shops that specialize in local artists, museums, various stores that just want to hang some art and sell it, the lobbies of performing arts centers, storefront alternative spaces, restaurants.
Art Review: Armed, dangerous and beautiful
Published 11/21/2011 at 4:56 p.m. 0 comments
Armed + Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal, newly installed in the main exhibition galleries at the Brooks, has a title worthy of an action movie. Like a fast-paced caper film, the display of over 125 examples of arms and armor ...
Estes and Ledbetter artistic styles evolve
Published 11/10/2011 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
One doesn't expect to go into an exhibition of abstract paintings by Don Estes and be greeted by splashes of color, but in "Prosody," at David Lusk Gallery through Nov. 26, the artist reveals a radical transformation of his manner ...
Art Review: Nine artists set 'Adrift'
Published 10/27/2011 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Are we truly adrift? Are all matters and perceptions ephemeral? The answer to those questions is "Yes," at least in the light of the exhibition "Adrift," displayed in the Hyde Gallery of Memphis College of Art's Nesin Graduate School.
Art Review: Art from sky-high perspective
Published 7/21/2011 at 6:05 p.m. 0 comments
Bryan Blankenship has been defying expectations for two decades. A ceramic artist of exquisite taste and craftsmanship, he repeatedly crosses the borders or blurs the boundaries between craft and fine art, between provocation and décor.
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