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This summer the Ewing Gallery will be organizing a permanent collection exhibition focusing on our abstract art. The beginnings of abstraction can be seen as early as the 1870s with James McNeill Whistler's Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. Derailed by John Ruskin, an esteemed art critic of the time, Whistler was accused of "blatant impudence for asking 200 guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Other movements, Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and Russian Constructivism helped to change the idea that a painting had to portray a physical subject. Now, works of art could be representative of light, responses to sound and smell, traces of a distinct gesture, and even descriptions of psychological states.
This exhibition, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of abstraction, includes works by such diverse artists as Will Henry Stevens, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Aldrich, Nina Bovasso, Rob Nadeau, Carl Holty, Carrie Moyer, Joel Carreiro, Pinkney Herbert, Bill FitzGibbons, Creighton Michael, Paul Krainak, Al Loving, and Gordon Dorn. A number of the pieces are by current and former University of Tennessee Faculty: Jered Sprecher, Holly Stevens, Richard Clarke, Sally Brogden, William Loy, Tom Reising, Whitney Leland, Carl Sublett, and C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing.
Click on the titles below for more information about the exhibitions
Architecture Faculty Exhibition
Dates: August 1 - August 29, 2013
Reception: Friday, August 23, 5:30 - 7:30 in the Ewing Gallery
Fransje Killaars: Color at the Center
Dates: September 12 - October 21, 2013
Reception: Thursday, September 12, Ewing Gallery, immediately following lecture
Lecture: Thursday, September 12, 7:30pm in room 109, Art + Architecture Building
Remix: Selections from the International Center for Collage
Dates: October 28 - December 8, 2013
Reception: TBA, Ewing Gallery, immediately following lecture
Lecture: TBA, room 109, Art + Architecture Building
|Please Note: The Ewing Gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.|