Whimsical sculptures go "Ha!" at Metal Museum
Published 12/18/2013 at 5:43 p.m.
How many metalsmiths does it take to tell a joke? Well, since the humor of this cohort tends to be rather, um, heavy, perhaps metalsmiths need to tell jokes one at a time.
2013: The most interesting year for local art in more than a quarter-century
Published 12/10/2013 at 12:37 p.m.
If you have followed the local art scene since, say, April 1987, you have witnessed more than 26 years of gains and losses, blossoming and fading, repetition and revolution. I chose April 1987 as the starting point of that observation ...
Brooks Goes Social with '#memphisshares' Exhibit
Published 12/05/2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Only three selfies are included among the 192 images in “#memphisshares,” a fascinating exhibition at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and an adjunct or response to the magnificent exhibition “Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography,” ...
Nancy Cheairs' Landscapes of Estrangement
Published 11/27/2013 at 2:17 p.m.
“Arcadia,” Nancy Cheairs’ exhibition at David Lusk Gallery through Dec. 21, reveals all the painting skills of this well-known local artist.
Published 11/21/2013 at 11:24 a.m.
Allison Wade, a lecturer in art theory and practice at Northwestern University, offers here a highly diverse group of work in “Conduits and Offerings,” at Rhodes College’s Clough-Hanson Gallery through Dec. 4.
Published 11/13/2013 at 1:38 p.m.
David Comstock’s exhibition “Raw,” at L Ross Gallery through Nov. 30, is the most impressive gathering of the artist’s work since he began showing there. Consisting of only nine enamel and mixed media on canvas abstract paintings of various sizes ...
Ocean of Bling
Published 11/06/2013 at 3 p.m.
You have through Sunday to see the most extraordinary work of art presently on display in the city. This is “legend a.k.a. hard to get a handle on this double-edge sword”, an immense collage by Lester Merriweather.
Works by enigmatic photographer Jack Robinson on display at GPAC
Updated 11/05/2013 at 12:02 a.m.
GPAC mounts expansive appreciation of Robinson photography
Shock of Recognition
Published 10/31/2013 at 3:46 p.m.
Let’s get the big assessment over with first thing. “Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography,” through Jan. 5 at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, is the most important exhibition of 20th century photography ever to ...
RiverArtsFest brings weekend of arts and music to South Main
Updated 10/25/2013 at 12:15 a.m.
In late October, our minds are drawn irresistibly to autumn leaves, pumpkins, the first fires on the hearth, heartier fare than we ate during the summer, Halloween and — at least in Greater Memphis — RiverArtsFest, the South Main extravaganza ...
Huger Foote photos on display at David Lusk Gallery
Published 10/24/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
All the millions around the world snapping smartphone pictures wish that what they post to Facebook and Pinterest and other image sites carried the aura and authenticity and the dead-right focus of Huger Foote’s photographs displayed at David Lusk Gallery, ...
Dixon showcases African-American religious art.
Published 10/17/2013 at 6:04 p.m.
The Bible is such a transcendent trove of religious themes, stories, parables and allegories that artists through the ages have been unable to resist using those narratives and ideas as inspiration for a wide variety of works. In fact, in ...
Body and Shadow
Published 10/10/2013 at 4:28 p.m.
The “Duality” expressed in the title of Holly Cole’s exhibition of new work at the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis, through Oct. 25, could manifest itself in several ways.
Life through the lens
Published 10/03/2013 at 4:22 p.m.
In the essay “America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly,” Susan Sontag wrote that “to photograph is to confer importance.” It’s a principle that has always guided documentary photography, just as — as Sontag also says — to aim a camera at ...
"A Different Kind of Landscape" at Brooks Museum
Published 09/26/2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Memphis artists Maysey Craddock and Erin Harmon find uncommon beauty in landscape painting.
Jay Etkin to open Cooper-Young gallery
Updated 09/26/2013 at 12:13 a.m.
Etkin back in Memphis with art show, new gallery
'Ricordando' exhibit is cool, elegant, impassioned
Published 09/19/2013 at 6:07 p.m.
Weather-wise, we seem to be in a blessed transition between summer and fall, but if you want a foretaste of winter, you might drop into L Ross Gallery where Jeri Ledbetter’s exhibition “Ricordando,” through Sept. 30, exudes a sort of ...
Art Review: Tom Lee's "Sheer Delight"
Published 09/12/2013 at 5:04 p.m.
The problem that has to be dealt with at Rhodes College’s Clough-Hanson Gallery is the windows, five of them, broad and inescapable, two on each long wall, one in the center of the back wall. In fact, there’s very little ...
MCA's 'Blurring Dimensions' and 'Decorator' are must-see exhibits
Published 09/05/2013 at 5:50 p.m.
Memphis College of Art is displaying plenty of work in its various galleries, but the artists and work I’m going to recommend that you must see may surprise you.
Art review: Sarah Jones at Tops Gallery
Published 08/29/2013 at 6:20 p.m.
The exhibitions that I have seen at Tops Gallery, the underground space at Front and Huling, have been spare, minimal, even austere, and they tend to emphasize the little gallery’s postindustrial and paradoxically spiritual/ecclesiastical possibilities. Sarah Jones’ show, “As Tiny ...
Realist scenes exude vitality
Published 08/22/2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Representational art, that is, artworks in which human beings and objects are depicted in a so-called realistic fashion, took a beating in the 20th century, and even in the present age representational art not created for purposes of satire, irony ...
Art Review: Happy innocence abundant in Spillman exhibit
Published 08/15/2013 at 4:39 p.m.
Need a lift? Make a visit to Material and take a gander at Bobby Spillman’s little show, “Waterworks,” so named because the artist dispenses with his usual pens and oil paints for the sake of brightly hued watercolor.
Dixon exhibit offers gratifying blend of works from well-known and minor artists
Published 08/09/2013 at 12:11 p.m.
In a sense, “Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art,” through Oct. 6 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, offers two points of view.
ArtsMemphis to award personal grants to artists
Published 08/08/2013 at midnight
ArtsMemphis has given millions of dollars to local arts organizations large and small, but for the first time in its 50-year history, the nonprofit group will bestow grants on individual artists.
Two small exhibits shed light on little-known treasures at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Published 08/01/2013 at 2:37 p.m.
The fact that I have said this a thousand times will not prevent me from saying it again: the best way to know a comprehensive art museum is not through its blockbuster exhibitions but through the myriad secondary shows that ...
Art review: Gregg Haller
Published 07/25/2013 at 4:36 p.m.
Visitors to Gallery Fifty Six would be forgiven for thinking on first impression that Gregg Haller’s paintings are (a) repetitious and (b) influenced by Jackson Pollock. In truth, these works from the series “The Causal Momentum,” on display through Saturday, ...
Art review: Dixon showing pair of Renoir works dappled in drama
Updated 07/25/2013 at 12:33 a.m.
A pleasant way to avoid summer’s heat — or downpour, as could happen — would be at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, looking at two paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on loan to the museum through Sept. 2.
Art Review: Work of 72 artists, sculptors showing at Crosstown Arts
Published 07/18/2013 at 4:19 p.m.
“Material Anthology,” at Crosstown Arts through Aug. 11, is the most important exhibition of local contemporary art seen in Memphis this year, and it’s difficult to conceive that there will be one equally as important between now and Dec. 31.
Art review: Collection created, donated quietly
Published 07/11/2013 at 4:44 p.m.
Museums could not exist without donors. The most prominent evidence of their largesse is in a museum’s physical manifestation, in which everything from stone benches and fountains to galleries and whole wings are named for the patrons who made their ...
Art review: "Pyramid Scheme"
Published 07/04/2013 at 7:11 a.m.
When New York curator and consultant Michel Allen asked local artist and teacher Greely Myatt to organize an exhibition for Leadership Memphis’ Gallery 363, Myatt’s reaction, according to a written statement, was “Mainly I thought I didn’t want to curate ...
Art review: Lisa Weiss
Published 06/27/2013 at 5:15 p.m.
“Better late than never” is the sheepish excuse of the perpetually tardy, the laggard, the slugabed. That lame motto, however, is my mantra today as I write about “Thin Space,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Lisa Weiss through Saturday ...
Bob Eoff brings watercolors to Memphis
Published 06/23/2013 at midnight
Sit down to talk about art with Bob Eoff and inevitably you end up talking about television.
"The Summer of Cloar"
Published 06/20/2013 at 4:39 p.m.
One of the most gratifying aspects of the exhibitions that make up “The Summer of Cloar” is to see, in one show, the drawing that preceded the early painting that is displayed in a different show, while another gallery has ...
Abstract encaustics reveal contrasting sensibilities
Published 06/13/2013 at 4:24 p.m.
We tread lightly when we use the adjectives “masculine” and “feminine” in criticism of any kind. What qualities, for example, make one wine seem masculine — robustness, muscularity, firm structure — and another wine seem feminine — delicacy, finesse, elegance? ...
Memphis College of Art student show explores the illicit and forbidden
Published 06/06/2013 at 4:36 p.m.
The exhibition title “Overwhelming Captivations” implies whole worlds of the illicit and the forbidden, of decadence and desire.
Cloar up close: Artist's legacy, vision celebrated with commemorative exhibitions
Published 06/02/2013 at midnight
Carroll Cloar’s paintings — slices of silent narrative, many chiseled from the artist’s memories of childhood among the cotton fields, small towns, weathered churches and open spaces of eastern Arkansas — are so familiar that they have carved a secure ...
'Socially Awkward' inaugurates Crosstown Arts Gallery
Published 05/31/2013 at 3:54 p.m.
In a sense, Dwayne Butcher is the local art scene’s first responder. If an exhibition with large expectations or potential for controversy goes up, Butcher’s reaction is to curate a show in response.
Art review: Pinkney Herbert at David Lusk Gallery
Published 05/24/2013 at 1:13 p.m.
It’s always gratifying to see an established artist push the limits of ideas and techniques and reach into new realms of accomplishment.
Art review: Terri Phillips' "Chapel of Yes"
Published 05/16/2013 at 1:28 p.m.
Notions of what is spiritual in the lives of human beings do not necessarily have anything to do with established religions or the tenets of orthodoxy. The mind’s capacity for awareness of the transcendental exercises its powers in myriad ways.
Williamson retrospective a Memphis who's who
Published 05/10/2013 at 3 a.m.
When Jason Williamson died in 2011, he left not only a legacy of his own artistic efforts as a premier watercolor artist but also a heritage of influence through his teaching and friendships with countless other artists.
Spillman's work 'strange, fantastic and dreamlike'
Updated 05/03/2013 at 7:54 p.m.
Art galleries are rather colorless environments, so what it takes to lift them into magical realms is the art they display. Such is the case with the exhibition “Noir,” at Memphis Jewish Community Center’s Shainberg Gallery through May 23.
Gifted painter not yet a gifted artist
Published 04/26/2013 at 3 a.m.
There’s a mesmerizing nature about intricate detail minutely rendered that inspires awe in viewers of such paintings. We ponder and even exclaim, “How did he do that? How fine was the brush? How intense the concentration? How much more real ...
Memphis "between the parkways" in 500 photographs
Published 04/18/2013 at 6:28 p.m.
You remember the guy who used to take pictures of tourists on the Mississippi riverboats? His name is Jamie Harmon, and he now operates the Amurica traveling photo booth.
Art review: Anton Weiss at L Ross Gallery
Published 04/11/2013 at 6:39 p.m.
It was interesting to note that Weiss’ new exhibition, through April 30 at L Ross Gallery, is titled “Return to Canvas,” signaling a re-emphasis on paint.
Weather vanes and whirlygigs can be art; holding up a wet finger isn't
Published 04/04/2013 at 8:49 p.m.
Asking which came first, the weather vane or the whirligig, is as futile as asking the old riddle, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Both weather vane and whirligig are animated by the wind, though weather vane pointers ...
Art Review: ANF exhibit explores themes of birds and flight
Published 03/28/2013 at 7:52 p.m.
With 13 mixed-media paintings and constructions, about 20 of those birdhouses, Comstock explores themes of birds and flight and their metaphysical implications.
'Sorrows of War' timely, somber, provocative
Published 03/21/2013 at 9:40 p.m.
Perhaps it indicates the high level of artistic activity in Memphis that worthwhile exhibitions sometimes don’t receive the attention they deserve.
Art Review: Undercurrent of pop culture exploitation tie together two exhibits
Published 03/14/2013 at 9:28 p.m.
What links the exhibitions by Brantley Ellzey and Ian Lemmonds, at L Ross Gallery through March 31, is a high state of artificiality.
Alternative art exhibit is all about inclusion
Published 03/14/2013 at midnight
No exhibition can be all things to all people.
Art Review: Jan Hankins' work at Gallery Fifty Six reflects dreamy new mood
Published 03/08/2013 at midnight
For years, if not decades, we could count on Jan Hankins to be the local artist with a conscience, the painter whose vast canvases habitually eviscerated capitalists, generals, politicians and their cronies with outrageous, surreal, frequently humorous and sometimes gasp-inducing ...