Navigating the McClung Museum's 'Mapping the New World'
Published 5/4/2011 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments
Like an old friend you rarely get around to calling but are terribly glad you did once you have, the University of Tennessee’s Frank H. McClung Museum is a gem; its rotating shows are never a waste of time. Speaking ...
Victor and Joan Ashe Bring 'Art of Poland' to Knoxville
Published 4/13/2011 at 2:10 p.m. 0 comments
These varied and colorful pieces from the collection of Joan and Victor Ashe—Knoxville’s former mayor, who served five years as U.S. ambassador to Poland beginning in 2004—might not inspire other gallery-goers with the slightest clue about what, if anything, is ...
Chinese-American Artist Xiaoze Xie Captures Moments Amplified and Unplugged
Published 3/23/2011 at 11:39 a.m. 0 comments
What seems to interest Xie more than the “why” of protest and revolution is the “what”—he is fascinated by visual chaos and the density of crowds with flags hoisted high, a surging mass resembling pixels prior to becoming pixilated. In ...
Peter Sarkisian’s 'Video Works' Projects Stories Onto Unlikely Screens
Published 2/16/2011 at 1:05 p.m. 0 comments
With various drips, drones, and booms drifting toward you from all corners, entering the dark and charmingly noisy downstairs galleries at the Knoxville Museum of Art for Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996-2008 may not let you know exactly where to ...
Walter McConnell Gets Dirty at Downtown Gallery
Published 2/9/2011 at 1:48 p.m. 0 comments
The installation involves a nude, but that isn’t what makes it feel so dirty. That job is left to the gobs of unfired clay, molded into the craters and folds of elaborately flowering plants, and found at the bottom of ...
'MIMB' Dazzles With Details But Overwhelms With Volume
Published 1/26/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 0 comments
While most people have long gotten over the loss of music as a physical product, it’s not yet a given that everyone owns an e-book reader of some sort, and you can still regularly encounter average readers who treasure the ...
Carl Gunhouse's Photos Capture Rebellion in the Suburbs
Published 1/12/2011 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments
Gunhouse presents Suburban Youth as a composition of only two large prints: one of a suburban neighborhood and another a composite of 42 smaller photographs, teeming with young white male aggression—kids dying to piss off their moms from 1993-2010.
A New Studio in Fort Sanders Opens Its Doors
Updated 12/15/2010 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
Drifting through some upstairs rooms at Redeemer Church on Highland Avenue at 17th Street, you’ll find plenty of items you’d expect to see in children’s Sunday school: washable markers, colored pencils, heaps of fabric scraps. But these rooms are occupied ...
Downtown Gallery Revels in the Rustic Imagery of Walter Haskell Hinton’s Pulp-Magazine Illustrations
Published 12/8/2010 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
Walter Haskell Hinton was one hell of a salesman. A magazine illustrator working in the waning years of the Golden Age of Illustration and the decade or so following it, Hinton was good, and he was prolific. And currently the ...
That Time of the Month: Another Memorable First Friday for A1 Lab Arts
Published 11/10/2010 at 9:46 a.m. 0 comments
It’s sometimes easy to forget how much the A1 Lab Arts collective really gets done. Producing, not consigning, enough material for a new show every month, each with a new theme, no less, is about as easy as it sounds, ...
David Bates' "Katrina Paintings" Communicate the Heartache in New Orleans
Published 11/3/2010 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
Before you see the first image from David Bates: The Katrina Paintings at the Knoxville Museum of Art, you’ll see another, older Bates’ painting from 1989. Titled “Blacktip Shark,” the painting is from the KMA’s permanent collection, and it lays ...
Downtown Gallery Series Pairs UT Art Professors and Former Artists-in-Residence
Published 10/6/2010 at 9:19 a.m. 0 comments
Fall at the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery has been off to a showy start with a university-centric exhibition, Everything Shines. The gallery offers a split show that is, in fact, quite shiny: UT professor of painting Marcia Goldenstein and ...
UT Alums Bill FitzGibbons and Creighton Michael Return With Two Solo Shows and a Joint Exhibit
Published 9/21/2010 at 5:44 p.m. 0 comments
They say you can never go home again, but you can always swing by to pick up a plaque. That’s just what the University of Tennessee Office of Alumni Affairs has made possible for Bill FitzGibbons (class of 1972) and ...
Julie Armbruster's Cute Li'l Animals Survey a Fearsome World
Published 9/7/2010 at 3:18 p.m. 1 comment
In this alternate world, body parts bloom on trees and bushes, and a unicorn is a large, horned rodent at sea in a small boat. The strangeness is not for its own sake. The absurdity is ordered, evocative, and repeated ...
KMA’s 'Contemporary Focus'
Published 9/1/2010 at 9:06 a.m. 0 comments
The University of Tennessee’s Art and Architecture building must have been especially quiet last Thursday. Or half of it, anyway. That night at the Knoxville Museum of Art, a free public preview of its newly opened Contemporary Focus 2010 exhibition ...
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