Feature Articles

May 2013

Some Exhibits That Are Still On View

Our policy at Carolina Arts is to present a press release about an exhibit only once and then go on, but many major exhibits are on view for months. This is our effort to remind you of some of them.

The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, is presenting the work of Asheville, NC, painter Barbara Fisher. Spontaneous Intention spans two galleries on the Museum’s first floor and runs through June 23, 2013. The paintings in Spontaneous Intention explore the history of process and transformation, and continually remind the viewer of the inevitability of change and the impermanence inherent in all things. The wood surfaces are sanded, scribbled on, painted over, wiped off and otherwise distressed. The paintings are worked over a long period of time, giving the appearance of old walls that have been written and drawn on for years.

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, is still presenting The Armory Show: One Hundred Years Later, an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the original groundbreaking New York City show. The exhibition is on view in the West Bedroom gallery of the historic house through June 23, 2013. The Armory Show originally opened in New York in 1913. The work of American artists like George Bellows, Robert Henri and John Sloan was considered progressive, but the work of European artists like Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin truly shocked exhibition visitors. Despite the poor reception of the work by some members of the press and the general public, the work in the Armory Show went on to inspire a significant number of American artists.

The Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, is still presenting the exhibit, American Ceramics, 1825 - 1875, a look at a period of evolution, expansion, and innovation in American ceramics, on view through July 14, 2013. The mid-nineteenth century was a time of evolution, expansion, and innovation in American ceramics. While utilitarian forms in earthenware and stoneware continued to be made throughout the century, their numbers slowly decreased as a growing urban population had less need for large storage jars, churns, and other objects designed for an agrarian economy. Many potters adjusted to this lower demand by creating wares that were more aesthetically appealing – objects that consumers would want to live with in their homes.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, is presenting Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers, featuring more than 80 works by Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and others who were connected by the creative spirit and personal circumstances, on view through July 29, 2013. The story of the Bechtler art collection is one of relationships. There were the relationships members of the Bechtler family forged with the modern artists they collected. And then there were the relationships some of the artists in the collection had with each other.


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