The Arts & Culture Alliance Presents a New and Diverse Group Show
Published 7/6/2011 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
Prior to the Arts & Culture Alliance, now in its 10th year, Knoxville had the Arts Council, established in 1974. If people involved with that original organization could have seen 37 years into the future and observed one of our ...
McClung Museum’s 'Sudan: The Land and the People' Presents a Lovely But Incomplete Picture
Published 6/22/2011 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Heading into the gallery that features visiting exhibitions at the University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum a few days ago, I glanced at the guest book and noticed a comment reading, “Great show for my boys, too!” Given the violence, poverty, ...
The Best of UT’s Graduating Art and Architecture Classes Show Off at Ewing Gallery
Published 6/8/2011 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments
I usually review art that is on display for some time following the appearance of an Artbeat column. However, when it comes to the University of Tennessee’s 2011 Honors Exhibition, it’s worth a mad dash to the Ewing Gallery by ...
Imprisoned Chinese Provocateur Ai Weiwei Makes Pottery Political
Published 5/25/2011 at 9:37 a.m. 0 comments
It’s not often that Knoxville hosts work by an artist who’s currently imprisoned. Yet that is the unfortunate status of the brilliant and feisty 53-year-old activist behind Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, an exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art ...
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 ...
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