The Mississippi Museum of Art currently has three noteworthy exhibitions on view, with the famous American painter Robert Henri as the focal point of two. Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, located in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries, includes forty paintings of Henri’s created while living in Spain. Henri’s Spanish portraits reveal inspiration from Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya.
A spartan, one story, open plan office building out east was retrofit through November 12 with a selection of art that belies typical 9 to 5 workspace eye candy. This is due to the space being the hub of ArtsMemphis, the area’s leading arts fundraising organization (its spokes, the variety of arts communities citywide it supports). The particular art came by way of TOPS Gallery, on view with the purpose “to bring TOPS’ affiliated artists to ArtsMemphis’ friends and donors”.
On a rainy Saturday night a light spirit of romance filled Marshall Arts in Memphis with the debut performance of Belle Mort, a new piece created by Terri Phillips with support from ArtsMemphis. Swept clean of distraction, the space hosted three dancers and a musician who took the audience, of around one hundred people, through a story of love and loss.
Dr. Scott Contreras-Koterbay is an Associate Professor of Art History at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, TN. He is guest editor of the November 2014 issue of Number: Inc. magazine. I sat down with him at his home in the historic “tree streets” area near the university to learn more about him and his perspective on art, with a particular focus on the central topic of the forthcoming issue, Number:80 Art as Community Builder. continue reading
The former Hayes Furniture building, Bristol, VA – June 20-August 31,2014
Perry Johnson has been a growing presence in the art world of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia during the last decade, and this exhibition secures his position as an interesting artist with something to say. Occupying the entire empty ground floor of the former Hayes Furniture Building in Bristol, VA, it is a large exhibition of work that resonates with common pictorial devices, narrative threads and an urgency of purpose heightened by its surroundings. This exhibition is more than just a series of paintings from the artist’s career but is an accomplished balancing act between competing pictorial tendencies rewarding extended contemplation.