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  • Colorful, off-kilter: Memphis-Milano connection on display at Dixon Gallery Updated 04/13/2014 at 12:05 a.m.

    Longtime patrons of Dixon Gallery and Gardens may be surprised at the snazzy shapes and Play-Doh colors featured in "Memphis Milano: 1980s Italian Design," opening Sunday for display through July 13.

  • Senior thesis collection showcases young creators at University of Memphis Published 04/10/2014 at 12:01 p.m.

    The problem with “Longing, Not Loathing,” the senior thesis exhibition at the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, is that each of the 10 artists deserves a separate review. These graduates of the University of Memphis Department of ...

  • New boxed set compiles John Updike's stories Published 04/07/2014 at 3:22 p.m.

    Many people must exist for whom the loss of a book or two each year from John Updike, who died at age 76 in 2009, registers as a black hole in their lives. More prolific than, say, John Cheever and ...

  • Artist Jimpsie Ayres paints in plain air Published 04/02/2014 at 4:11 p.m.

    The television commercial that Jimpsie Ayres appeared in for a local bank must have had some viewers wondering if she were an actor or a real artist. The answer to such an query would be “artist,” as can be seen ...

  • Jewels from the Brooks' permanent collection showcase a moment in modern art Published 03/27/2014 at 3:58 p.m.

    This display, in several galleries upstairs and down, is not a formal exhibition with the attendant announcements and press releases; rather, it represents an opportunity for exploration of the Brooks’ permanent collection as a way of illustrating a historic era ...

  • Art Review: Hamlett Dobbins at David Lusk Gallery Published 03/20/2014 at 11:17 a.m.

    Hamlett Dobbins brings back to Memphis, after seven months in Rome, 19 compact abstract paintings imbued with light and rich in detail. The well-known local artist is in Italy at the behest of the American Academy in Rome, where he ...

  • Art Review: 'Protoplastic' exhibit has allure and grace that bypass tradition Published 03/13/2014 at 2:55 p.m.

    The exhibitions at Tops Gallery tend to be spare and primal, as befits the ambiance of the small cunningly remodeled industrial space. The current exhibition, “Protoplastic” by Igor Siddiqui, is no exception

  • Art Review: 'No Fate But What We Make' at Clough-Hanson Gallery Published 03/05/2014 at 3:14 p.m.

    The concept ascribed to the exhibition title is compelling; we make our own destiny, so the heck with nature and nurture and let us forge ourselves, as James Joyce said, in the smithies of our souls. Of course, one has ...

  • Art Review: 'Person of Interest' at Memphis College of Art Published 02/27/2014 at 11:03 a.m.

    The 27 pieces in “Person of Interest” range from humorous, or at least wry, to nostalgic, from satiric to horrific, creating a dizzying set of reactions in the audience.

  • Art Review: Pam Hassler's 'Beacons' at L Ross Gallery Published 02/20/2014 at 11:30 a.m.

    The exhibition, on view through March 1, is called “Beacons,” and indeed Hassler’s recent oil on canvas paintings radiate a sort of dark luminosity, as if they were vivid sources of direction and destination. Many of the works, with titles ...

  • In Color Published 02/13/2014 at 10:44 a.m.

    “Color! American Photography Transformed,” at Dixon Gallery and Gardens through March 23, lives up to its title.

  • Brooks exhibit showcases a different side of Salvador Dali Updated 02/14/2014 at 12:43 a.m.

    People who don’t know the difference between a Delacroix and a daguerreotype know who Salvador Dali is.

  • Ghostly, beautiful paintings by Anne Siems on display at Lusk Gallery Published 02/06/2014 at 11:11 a.m.

    It has always felt as if Siems — or at least her work — lived in a different era, say the middle of the 19th century, since the figures that populate her paintings, generally alone, are garbed in old-fashioned clothes ...

  • Blood visions: Painter turns morbid medium into provocative work Published 01/30/2014 at 2:19 p.m.

    Provocative works made from morbid medium

  • Vogel Collection brings handpicked modern art to the Brooks Published 01/23/2014 at 3:05 p.m.

    Herbert and Dorothy Vogel were an innocuous couple who lived modestly in New York in a rent-controlled apartment and dedicated their lives to amassing a phenomenal collection, some 4,700 pieces by about 175 artists.

  • Dixon exhibit traces rise of color photography Published 01/16/2014 at 10:03 a.m.

    “We live in a color world,” said John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, meaning not just that human beings perceive the world in color but that the media ...

  • Contrasting styles strive for transcendence at Lusk Gallery Published 01/08/2014 at 5:51 p.m.

    The pairing of groups of paintings by John Torina and Lynn McCarty at David Lusk Gallery (through Feb. 1) seems at first glance to be random: two artists of very different styles aiming for different purposes. Yet the juxtaposition proves ...

  • Photo exhibit shows images of bygone Memphis Published 01/02/2014 at 10:50 a.m.

    In the preface to his volume of collected short stories, John Cheever refers to a time when “you heard Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat.” One gets the ...

  • Best of 2013: The Year's Top Art Exhibits Published 12/26/2013 at 12:12 p.m.

    They come at the end of every year, the lists of the best of this and that. My duty and pleasure are to offer the best art exhibitions of 2013, from a local art culture that is increasingly dynamic and ...

  • 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.

  • Art Offering 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.

  • Abstract Growth 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 ...