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What, How, Where, Where To?: A Review of Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

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What, How, Where, Where To?: A Review of Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

by Bridget Bailey Curated by Mark Scala at the Frist Museum of Art, June 22 through September 16, 2018 The paintings that have taken flight, swept or digitized into the main gallery at the Frist Museum of Art this summer embody chaos and awe, indeed, as the title suggests. More than anything, though, they represent…

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Review: Art of the South 2018

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Review: Art of the South 2018

By Carol Sams   Expectation…More to Consider   I suppose one enters any display area with expectation; indeed, the rebirth of Sears Crosstown Building as Crosstown Concourse gives much reason for the assumption. Anchored on the ground floor, a red stairway of generously spaced platform steps spirals upward one turn. Visitors, aware of its significant…

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The World is Ready for “A New Republic”

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The World is Ready for “A New Republic”

No.87 Review By Holly Zajur A picture (or painting) is worth a thousand words and countless images have been produced through the eyes of white men in the Western world. The “reality” portrayed is only capable of telling tales from one perspective. On view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kehinde Wiley: A New…

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

March 11 – July 4, 2016 Review By Georgia Erger The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, organized by The Jewish Museum and most recently on view at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, consists of an impressive array of over 150 photographs and films. The exhibition is structured both thematically and…

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Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma

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Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma

By M Hill   No. 94     Walter Sutin’s Low Five: The Banality of Contemporary Trauma Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA February 2 – 25, 2018   Low Five is a queered evaluation of the violence and pleasure derived from a fantasized culture that has forsaken postmodernity; revived slain deities; but cannot withdraw from the…

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Consequences of Media for Life: Becoming Boring

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Consequences of Media for Life: Becoming Boring

By Lisa M. Williamson I enter 57251 into my phone with the message: “Send me bored.” The message I receive is: “We could not find any matches. Maybe try ‘Send me something purple’.” My inner child compels me to type: “Send me (poop emoji).” The image I receive is a small sculpture that has three…

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Notes on Neo-regionalism and Mark Holmes

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Notes on Neo-regionalism and Mark Holmes

“The flatness, event-less-ness, and openness of the surrounding landscape opens a space to go deep.” MH   I’m drawn to art that advocates for the rural – formally and conceptually rigorous work that connects critical texts to geography and categories of communities. In inland America, particularly outside the metroplex, the most memorable projects are contemplative…

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A Painter’s Refusal

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A Painter’s Refusal

In Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” Bartleby, a young, introverted young man, is hired by an attorney to copy law forms. Told from the lawyers perspective it is the story of how Bartleby disrupts the workflow with his odd, peculiar refusal to follow orders, using the phrase: “I would…

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Barry Doupe: Ponytail

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Barry Doupe: Ponytail

Suspending the Story to Tell the Story Review By Matt Christy Ponytail is the moment laughter turns into tortured dry heaving. Ponytail is the Toa Te Ching mixed with vodka and spritzer. Ponytail is an oversized baby that babbles in animal calls and Zen koans. Ponytail is airport boredom. Flounder flavored toothpaste. Acupuncture tit. Burst…

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I Want Candy: Dana Oldfather’s Sugar

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I Want Candy: Dana Oldfather’s Sugar

Red Arrow in Nashville is a sophisticated treat. Review By Joe Nolan I made my first visit to Dana Oldfather’s exhibition of new paintings and prints, Sugar, when I stopped by Red Arrow during the September edition of East Nashville’s Second Saturday East Side Art Stumble.

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