Archive for December, 2008
The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is pleased to present Spot: Southern Works on Paper, an exhibition of sixty-four works on paper related to the American South. This exceptional selection ranges from Joshua Shaw’s pioneering 1820 view of Virginia’s famed Natural Bridge to Charles Shannon’s expressive Syncopation Number 1 (circa 1939) to William Dunlap’s contemporary landscape, Water Side—Iris Watch (2004). Following an opening reception on Friday, November 7, Spot: Southern Works on Paper will be on view at the gallery through January 5, 2009.
In both style and subject matter, the showcased works reveal evolving approaches and varied subjects, including topographical and romantic landscapes, figure studies, and genre and city scenes. The exhibition examines classical, realist, impressionist, modernist and post-modernist styles over the course of two centuries, as well as the distinctive mediums of pencil, watercolor, pastels, and gouache on paper.
Accompanying Spot: Southern Works on Paper is a comprehensive catalogue with an introductory essay by Dr. Philip L. Brewer. A noted expert on drawings and co-author of Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings, Dr. Brewer offers keen insight into the works themselves and to their context in American history. “Through the drawings and watercolors of this collection, artists tell of the last two hundred years of Southern history in distinctly personal ways. Encounters with Native Americans and with the natural world, slavery, King Cotton, a war in which over six hundred thousand Americans died, the poverty of Reconstruction, the awakening of Henry Grady’s New South, agrarianism, civil rights, regionalism, and the late arrival of modernism: all are touched on.”
Copies of the catalogue are available for purchase. Please visit us at www.charlestonrenaissancegallery.com
Carolina Galleries is pleased to announce the addition of Margaret M. Peery to the gallery’s distinguished group of artists. In celebration, Midge, as the artist is affectionately known, will unveil one year’s worth of work, never before seen by the public. Working in watercolor, she has long documented the landscapes and sights of Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. In this new body of work she continues exploring her beloved adopted home with wonderfully unusual compositions of familiar objects, in addition to creating a new series of Charleston Rooftops. Midge was invited into some of Charleston’s most private residences, and given the opportunity to paint their views. Through her eyes, we are presented with stunning views that very few people are ever privileged to see. Please stop by the gallery to see the complete body of work, available for viewing Monday – Saturday, 10 – 5. Carolina Galleries (843) 720-8622