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The Emporium Keeps Its Standards High With a New Exhibit of Contemporary Polish Prints
Published 05/08/2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Upon recently rewatching Roman Polanski’s The Pianist as my nod to the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto’s Jewish uprising, I was reminded of how intrigued I am by Poland and its history. But even though I have traveled to ...
Artists From Near and Far Herald a New Season with 'Nexus 2013'
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:22 a.m.
Our city’s scraggly but lovely little trees, celebrated in one way or another for almost 60 years each springtime, are about to unfurl their distinctive petals. And with that transformation comes a variety of arts-related events. A relative newcomer on ...
An Insightful Collection of African-American Art at KMA Inspires Admiration
Published 03/20/2013 at 10:33 a.m.
Tradition Redefined does much to bring worthy works collected for almost 40 years to our attention and incorporate them into the panoply of already familiar contemporary art. What’s more, it reminds us of the importance of collectors driven by something ...
Brooklyn-Based Artist William Lamson Finds Wonder in Flux at Downtown Gallery
Published 03/06/2013 at 9:59 a.m.
William Lamson is no control freak. In fact, he creates installations and ambitious outdoor works that rely on mostly uncontrollable physical forces for their existence. His thematically linked photographs and video, sculpture, and performance pieces often involve tremendous scale and ...
McClung Exhibit Celebrates the Grandeur of Turkomen Decorative Art
Published 02/27/2013 at 9:51 a.m.
Mention art and antiquities, and the typical Western mind might picture a Greek statue, stained glass, Egyptian sarcophagi, or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—things that are often large or heavy and can break, crack, fade, or lose heads throughout ...
Michael Zansky Aims for the Stars with His Exhibit at UT’s Ewing Gallery
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:02 a.m.
Of Giants and Dwarfs, Zansky’s current exhibition at the Ewing Gallery—on display through Feb. 26, with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 24—references phases in the life, death, and afterlife of a star.
Doug Waterfield’s 'Doomtown' Exhibition Brings Back the Atomic Age
Published 01/02/2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Doug Waterfield, an artist and art professor at the University of Nebraska Kearney, says he became intrigued by the subject matter of his Doomtown painting series when watching civil defense-oriented educational films about the Nevada Test Site. Apparently, the symbolism ...
UT’s Gallery 1010 Presents Thought-Provoking Art by Grad Students Andrew Meriss and Daniel Ogletree
Published 12/12/2012 at 10 a.m.
True, articulate, and technically advanced pieces by both Merriss and Ogletree include familiar objects removed from their usual context. And some of those objects take on unexpected importance.
East Tennessee Students Rock the Knoxville Museum of Art Through January
Published 11/28/2012 at 10:50 a.m.
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 11/07/2012 at 12:59 p.m.
Artists Nick DeFord and Jean Hess are truth seekers, not necessarily truth tellers, and that’s a noble calling.