The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Stories to Tell, Memories to Keep: Folk Art in the South
Clementine Hunter, Doing Laundry, circa 1963. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Fulmer.
AUGUSTA, GA.-Stories to Tell, Memories to Keep: Folk Art in the South, a selection of dozens of objects from the museum’s collection of Southern folk art, opens to the public at the Morris Museum of Art on May 16, 2009. Many of the region’s leading folk artists, including Lonnie Holley, Charley Kinney, Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary Proctor, Bill Traylor, Clementine Hunter, Lorenzo Scott, Minnie Evans, and, of course, Georgia’s own Howard Finster and George Andrews, are represented in the exhibition.

“The present exhibition reveals that the Morris has one of the strongest collections of folk art in the Southeast,” commented Kevin Grogan, director and curator of the Morris Museum of Art. “And we are very pleased to offer the public an opportunity to view these extraordinary works of art—more than half of which have never been shown by the museum before.”

Folk art varies widely and is sometimes referred to as outsider art, visionary art, or self-taught art, but this range of descriptive terms does little to describe the inventive and imaginative ways in which each artist expresses deeply personal ideas in visual language. Usually without formal training and with little regard for marketing, self-promotion, or current cultural trends, folk artists adhere to an innate personal vision. Characteristically, they use such common, readily accessible materials as crayons, markers, house paint, and glitter to produce paintings and drawings on recycled or discarded materials and sculpture out of found objects, putting mundane materials to fresh and ingenious uses and creating new work out of old.

The artists represented in this exhibition uniformly display self-confidence in expressing spiritual, patriotic, biographical, and nostalgic messages that resonate with viewers young and old. Many started producing art late in life when retirement provided more time for art, while a few turned to art-making when convalescing after an illness or accident and when seeking an expressive outlet after suffering a traumatic personal loss.

The themes evident in the mainly narrative work on view include spirituality; gratitude for home, hearth, health, and family; a longing for simpler times past; and the celebration of life through the creation of figures, some human and some animal. These themes are captured and expressed in many different ways—sometimes by covering the entire surface with paint or materials, sometimes by adding text to images to clarify the artists’ point, intentions, and feelings.

Stories to Tell, Memories to Keep: Folk Art in the South remains on view at the Morris Museum of Art through August 30, 2009. For more information, please visit the museum’s web site at www.themorris.org.






Today's News

May 16, 2009

Cy Twombly's Masterpieces Inaugurate Abbott Galleries For Special Exhibitions

Jan Lievens: A Child Prodigy's Career Opens at Rembrandt House Museum

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Portrait and Newly Discovered Sir George Clausen To Be Offered

From Raphael to Rossetti: Drawings from the Collection

Seoul Auction's Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Realizes HK$42.8 Million

SFMOMA Presents Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans"

Newly Restored Model of Eero Saarinen's Design for Vassar's Emma Hartman Noyes House

Five UK Museums Win Share of 75,000 Pound Prize for Contemporary Craft

Stories to Tell, Memories to Keep: Folk Art in the South

Guggenheim Museum Presents Seven Decades of Shelters Designed by Wright Architecture Students

Maryhill Museum of Art Presents Annual Outdoor Sculpture Invitational

Bicycle: People + Ideas in Motion at Where: Moore College of Art & Design

New Orleans Museum of Art Presents The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography

Two Manet Master Paintings Reunited at the National Gallery of Art

What We Can Live With: The 39th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Andes Mountains Are Older Than Previously Believed

Metro Gallery Presents "Icons" - New Multimedia Works by Robert Quijada

Delaware Art Museum Presents Out of the Commonplace: The Folk Art of Delaware

Urban Art Keeps Kids Out of Trouble on the Streets

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 100 nude women pose in Cleveland, reflecting on Trump

2.- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority appoints M+ Executive Director

3.- Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil: Movie has US premiere at Film Forum

4.- Masterpieces replaced by fakes in six national galleries in treasure hunt

5.- On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

6.- Getty Museum opens exhibition of illuminated manuscripts

7.- Two rolls of early Kodak film acquired by the George Eastman Museum

8.- Dark secrets of the man who opened architecture to the light

9.- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's refugee life jackets in Vienna palace pond

10.- Gallery 19C brings together two views of Venice by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful