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 ...
At Downtown Gallery, UT Professor Norman Magden Loops Images Until They Collapse
Published 7/21/2010 at 8:39 a.m. 1 comment
The sign on the front door of the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery last Friday read “Closed for Installation,” and the windows were papered in black. But the door was unlocked (for a special preview for A1 LabArts members), and ...
First Friday Farrago
Published 7/7/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
The July heat may have wilted ambitions a touch on last First Friday, but a couple of one-night-only exhibitions could be found in the farther reaches of the downtown-centric night, one a multimedia show curated by local sound artist and ...
Salvador Dali's Illustrations of Dante's 'Divine Comedy' Make a Colorful Impression
Published 6/9/2010 at 8:53 a.m. 0 comments
While summer blockbusters leave long lines at the theaters, they have long left the museums behind. But there is a big-name (though far from a greatest-hits) show this month at the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery. It’s not a traveling ...
KMA Turns Its Eye on Photographs of the South by Walker Evans, Eudora Welty, and Baldwin Lee
Published 5/26/2010 at 9:23 a.m. 0 comments
The first thing you need to know about the documentary photography exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art is that it’s big: two galleries stuffed with black-and-white photographs of scenes of life and poverty in the American South from three ...
UT’s Honors Exhibition Finds Inspiration From the ’00s
Published 5/12/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
A quick survey of the University of Tennessee 2010 Honors Exhibition at the Ewing Gallery reveals, unexpectedly, a sampling of recent movie trends—3-D glasses, torture porn—and like those tools of the trade, if the work of the graduating class doesn’t ...
KMA Sifts Through Its Collection for Uncertain Terrain, a Wide-Ranging Show of Landscapes
Published 4/28/2010 at 8:41 a.m. 0 comments
If the Hudson River School painted landscape as a manifestation of God, the works on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Uncertain Terrain: Selections from the KMA Collection portray landscape as a reflection of man. Though the human figure ...
Local Fabric Artist Jessie Van der Laan Explores “the Spaces Between Things”
Published 3/17/2010 at 8:34 a.m. 0 comments
Jessie Van der Laan's work is free-form and intuitive, involving monoprints along with sewing, drawing, and sculpture. Van der Laan has previously worked at installation scale. For this show, in an intimate space, Van der Laan offers a selection of ...
Paige Barbee's Mixed-Media Art Uses Contemporary Techniques to Evoke the Past
Published 3/3/2010 at 10:04 a.m. 0 comments
Paige Barbee’s signature motif is the mirror or picture frame, an ellipse with wide edges, highly stylized in ways similar to the “gingerbread”—elaborate, curvilinear scrollwork—that once adorned Victorian homes. Inspired by Victorian ornament, Barbee’s mixed-media work emphasizes feminism and the ...
Anne Wilson's Wind/Rewind/Weave at KMA Prompts Hands-On Participation and Reflection
Published 2/17/2010 at 10:01 a.m. 0 comments
Knoxville Museum of Art Director David Butler has spoken about the importance of including regional traditions and artists in the museum’s exhibition mix while also introducing cutting-edge work to Knoxville. Consider the compelling installation by Chicago artist Anne Wilson, Wind/Rewind/Weave, ...
Downtown Gallery Shows Off an International Mix of Sculpture, Each Piece No Bigger Than a Shoebox
Published 2/3/2010 at 9:48 a.m. 1 comment
In a wide array of media and wildly divergent in form and content, 81 small sculptures representing artists from across the globe pack the popular triennial Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, which is here in Knoxville a second time. The curators asked ...
ETHC’s Splendid Show of Smokies Art Ranges From the Classic to the Esoteric
Published 9/16/2009 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
One interesting effect of these works, mostly from the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, is the way they temporarily dissolve the arbitrary, man-made boundaries that now form our favorite national park. You’ll see views of and ...
Brian Wagner’s Photo Project Lets Local Musicians Show Themselves Off
Published 9/2/2009 at 2:32 p.m. 0 comments
The moods of the photos in Brian Wagner's Sound Booth rest entirely on the musicians’ facial expressions, what they’re wearing, and how they hold their bodies. The artificiality of the typical method for portrait-capturing and the photographer’s directions are bypassed. ...
UT Art Grads Rack Up International Acclaim
Published 7/22/2009 at 3:17 p.m. 0 comments
If you’ve picked up the recent summer issue of Artforum, you might be surprised to learn that the cover star Seth Price studied art here in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee. It shouldn’t be too surprising, though. Several UT ...
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