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Nashville 2019: A Case for Political Art

By Inge Klaps   Consider the 1960s. An unpopular war, the Civil Rights Movement, rise of American consumerism, and sexual revolution gave incredible oxygen to the art world. More and more diverse artists voiced these social anxieties at a time when a culture of sweeping artistic innovation was formed: experiments became movements (pop art, minimalism,…

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RiverArtsFest: More Than an Art Market

by Kathleen Stevens   While most attendees and artists think of the RiverArtsFest as an annual opportunity to buy and sell art, local arts education programs and art educators know the volunteer-run River Arts organization is also an avid supporter for local arts education. This year alone, River Arts will provide over $100,000 in funding…

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Art to See This Weekend: Memphis, Tennessee, October 25-27, 2019

There is SO much art to see this weekend in Memphis, those of us at Number decided to pull together a short list of the must-see events! We hope this helps you plan your weekend accordingly.   All events listed here are free and open to the public except RiverArtsFest. $5 admission gets you daily…

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ILSSA: Creative Practice Call and Response

By Patrick Vincent   ILSSA Frameworks Gallery Entry Title, Unrequited Leisure, 2019, varied media. Photo courtesy of Patrick Vincent.   ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts) was established in 2008 as a form of artist-organization-as-union by co-operators Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned. ILSSA projects enlist the skills and engagement of its members…

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Interview: McLean Fahnestock

By Bethany Springer, Juror of Number: Inc’s Art of the South 2019 exhibition.   McLean Fahnestock, Untitled (security work in progress), 2019, Video installation at the Ann Arbor Art Center as part of the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Photo courtesy of the artist.   McLean Fahnestock’s video piece entitled Tidal Passage was recently on display as…

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Queer Reverb: 50 States Upholds and Upends LGBTQIA + Historical Narrative

  By Jessica Borusky   I write this review on June 30th, 2019. Pride Month. Celebrated in June to commemorate (sans Vodka ads) the Stonewall Rebellion in New York – an event that occurred in the early morning of June 28th, 1969 – and widely considered to be the beginning of collective visibility for the…

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Review: Safe-Keeping – An Exploration of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family at The CMPLX

By Pete Hoffecker Mejía     The CMPLX in Memphis, Tennessee, is fast becoming a spot for exhibitions that consistently challenge and provoke the viewer. Operated by The Collective (CLTV), this group of Black artists and culture workers have utilized their combined energies to create a space for the uplifting of critical voices that reflect…

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Camera Obscura: Aaron Suggs at Tops Gallery

By Mary Phan     A camera obscura, in its most basic form, is a lightbox. It has often been used as a rudimentary tracing tool, a way for artists to capture the details and geometry of their subjects in light and space. Aaron Suggs’ exhibition, Camera Obscura, at Tops Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, is…

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

by Clay Palmer     Since 2013, ArtsMemphis has awarded grants to working visual artists in Shelby County to support them at a critical juncture in their practice. By doing so, ArtsMemphis encourages growth and artistic development for Memphis as a region and focuses on creating an environment focused on progress and enrichment of the…

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Defiant Reticence in Santina Amato’s Dis-rupted

By Lisa Williamson     Wearing a long-sleeved tomato red shirt with matching leggings pushed up to her knees, a woman walks quietly through the door carrying a bucket of discoloured water bending under its own weight. Her bare feet pad across the cold concrete in deliberate steps as she makes her way to the…

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