East Tennessee Students Rock the Knoxville Museum of Art Through January
Published 11/28/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
The Seventh Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is quite a mouthful—but that’s fitting for a show that opened at the Knoxville Museum of Art the day after Thanksgiving. Running through Jan. 13, it is a visual feast, clichés ...
The Emporium Center Presents Two Challenging Exhibits by Local Artists Nick DeFord and Jean Hess
Published 11/7/2012 at 12:59 p.m. 0 comments
Artists Nick DeFord and Jean Hess are truth seekers, not necessarily truth tellers, and that’s a noble calling.
Japanese Art Celebrating Zen Buddhism Arrives at the McClung Museum
Published 10/3/2012 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Migrating from India to China via the Silk Road, Buddhism did not become widespread in Japan until the 12th century, approximately 1,000 years after its appearance in China. That Chinese calligraphy has greatly influenced Zen art is no surprise, then, ...
TVUUC's 'Visual Travelogues' Pairs the Photography and Collage of Two Sharp-Eyed Explorers
Published 9/12/2012 at 12:39 p.m. 0 comments
Extracting elements from one’s environment and transforming them into an integrated and meaningful collage is not unlike the effort involved in photography. But photography relies on physical perspective and split-second timing, whereas collage assumes specific sizes and allows a less ...
Ewing Gallery's 'Confabulatores Nocturni' Considers Notions of Time and Infinity
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:26 a.m. 1 comment
In this exhibition, UT design professors Brian and Katherine Ambroziak, architect Andrew McLellan, and artist Annie Stone have created and combined architectural drawings and models, selected literature, sculptural installation, and projected footage into what the artist/designers consider a kind of ...
The Art World's New Clothes: Beverly Semmes Challenges Us to See Textiles as Feminist Sculpture
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
Seeing the Starcraft exhibition, a presentation of work by Brooklyn-based artist Beverly Semmes, I had to acknowledge an emperor’s-new-clothes perspective rearing its head just a bit. Semmes’ latest show should not in any way be dismissed. But despite its many ...
Terra Esoterica: 11 artists from the Culture Laboratory Collective Consider Land and Place
Published 7/11/2012 at 5:34 p.m. 0 comments
On Location: Land Portrait, an exhibition by members of the Culture Laboratory Collective at the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery on display through July, includes everything from minimalist sculpture to photography and a printed-word piece. Artists within the collective address ...
KMA's 'Streetwise' Sheds Light on Social Upheaval and Shifting Perspectives
Published 6/20/2012 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments
Streetwise: Masters of ’60s Photography, an exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through Aug. 5, features images of 1960s America that remain as potent today as they undoubtedly were when they initially appeared.
Class Act: UT’s Honors Exhibition Delivers Once Again
Published 5/23/2012 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
For more than a decade, I’ve been reviewing the art, architecture, and design efforts of graduating University of Tennessee seniors selected for the Ewing Gallery’s annual Honors Exhibition, and not one show has been disappointing. Many pieces and projects this ...
'Streetwise Knoxville' Explores Our Not-Always-So-Fair City
Published 5/9/2012 at 11:52 a.m. 1 comment
Streetwise Knoxville, at 2 Many Pixels Gallery on Jackson Avenue through June, is a striking collection of images being presented in conjunction with those at KMA's Streetwise. Taken between the mid-’60s and now, the works on display are by four ...
KMA’s 'Several Silences' Seeks Clarity and Relief From Our Culture of Distraction
Published 4/18/2012 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments
John Cage’s “4’33””—the non-performance in which a pianist sits idle before an audience for four minutes and 33 seconds—is directly connected to works by two of the 11 international exhibition participants. Yet the spirit of the now-iconic so-called silent piece ...
'Nexus 2012' Challenges Notions About Dogwood Arts Festival Art
Published 4/4/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
Although sophisticated crafts have long been part of our city’s springtime festivities, unless I’ve overlooked ceramic wind chimes resembling Alexander Calder mobiles on Market Square, I don’t recall fine art from past festivals being particularly modern, let alone cutting edge, ...
The Knoxville Museum of Art Presents a Luminous Selection of Watercolors From Its Vaults
Published 2/29/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
Viewers who have considered watercolor somewhat less substantial than other mediums should be markedly surprised by what this exhibition has to offer.
2 Many Pixels’ 2011 Retrospective Highlights a Diverse Class of Photographers
Published 2/8/2012 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments
Besides exhibiting diverse subject matter in color as well as black and white, Best Photographers of 2011 reflects a range of both artistic development and technical skill.
UT’s Ewing and Downtown Galleries Present Innovative Japanese Artists
Published 2/1/2012 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
Mention Japanese printmaking and Hiroshige’s iconic depiction of a wave comes to mind, if not scenes of Mount Fuji and pagodas in the rain. However, to consider Hiroshige’s almost-200-year-old image the epitome of all Japanese art would be akin to ...
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