The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South" opens at the Brooks Museum
Dr. Stanton Thomas, curator of The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, discusses last-minute adjustments before opening.

MEMPHIS, TENN.- Southern Surrealist. Magic Realist. American master. Over a 50-year span, painter Carroll Cloar, who was born near Earle, Arkansas in 1913, and died in Memphis in 1993, created artworks that transcend time and space. His work depicts, as the artist himself put it, “American faces, timeless dress and timeless customs… the last of old America that isn’t long for this earth.” Drawing upon the richness of small town and country life, Cloar painted what he knew from personal experience or from family stories, old photographs, and scrapbooks—river baptisms, quilting bees, peach festivals, and bottomland panthers—creating unforgettable scenes that rank among the most haunting and beautiful evocations ever made of the American South. The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, which marks the centenary of the artist’s birth, is being exhibited at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art June 8 through September 15, before embarking on a national tour that includes stops at the Arkansas Art Center and the Georgia Museum of Art through 2014.

“For all that he paints lyrical images of autumn trees, sleepy Delta towns, and children in flowery fields, there is always an undertone of mystery and sadness to Cloar’s work,” says exhibition organizer Stanton Thomas, Brooks Curator of European and Decorative Art. “In many ways his paintings are visual parallels to the Gothic tendencies in the works of Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and William Faulkner. And like those masterworks, Cloar’s most powerful paintings draw us into a world which, although beautiful, is often filled with primal fears, bitter injustice, familiar ghosts, family tensions, fitful dreams, the irretrievably lost past, and the desire for, and yet the struggle with, faith.” On the surface, Cloar pictured the quiet richness of a simpler world. At the same time, his images of abandoned buildings, wild panthers, or ghostly figures hint at the darker, more dangerous side of human existence.

The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South includes 85 works drawn from major public collections as well as rarely seen pictures still in private hands. The exhibition includes the Museum of Modern Art’s Autumn Conversion (1953), which shows a proverbial prodigal son overwhelmed by country gospel singers, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog (1964), an autumnal, blues-inspired picture of railroad tracks and small town melancholy. The exhibition, which also includes loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Gardens, highlights Cloar’s complex style, which pays homage not only to the great American Regionalist masters and the pointillism of the Post Impressionists, but embodies the underlying, enigmatic loneliness of Magic Realism.

The Crossroads of Memory is one of multiple exhibitions that make up the "Summer of Cloar," a series of regional exhibitions celebrating the centennial of the artist's birth. (#summerofcloar for more info.) Related exhibitions include In His Studio: Carroll Cloar, on view at the University of Memphis Art Museum from June 8 through September 15; The Drawings of Cloar, on view at Christian Brothers University from June 1 through 30; and Carroll Cloar: Native Son, Crittenden County Collective, which is on view at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Arkansas, from June 6 through July 11.

Cloar studied at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), Memphis College of Art, and the Art Students League of New York. In 1940 he won an Edward MacDowell Scholarship, and six years later was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. During his lifetime, he had solo exhibitions at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Arkansas Art Center, the Alan Gallery (NYC), the State University of New York at Albany, the Forum Gallery (NYC), and the Tennessee State Museum, among other museums and galleries. He was featured in Life Magazine, Time, Horizon, and The Nation, where, in February 1956, noted MOMA educator A.L. Chanin noted Cloar’s unique ability to give “concrete expression to the ghosts of old memories.” Today, Cloar’s work resides in numerous museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art, the High Museum of Art, Cheekwood Museum, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Newark Museum. The Brooks has 14 paintings by Cloar in its permanent collection, including the iconic My Father Was Big as a Tree (1955).

Today's News

June 16, 2013

Le Grand Atelier du Midi: Exhibition in Marseille presents over 200 masterpieces

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens exhibition of works by American artist Dale Chihuly

Horst Antes' first major one-man exhibition of paintings in nearly two decades opens at Martin-Gropius-Bau

Sotheby's to offer landmark masterworks in its Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow in last French show before Senegal homecoming

The Hammer Museum is only West Coast venue for the major retrospective Richard Artschwager!

"The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South" opens at the Brooks Museum

New York's Museum of Modern Art establishes the Department of Prints and Drawings

Three new exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum reveal aspects of Isamu Noguchi's creative process

Smithsonian American Art Museum selects winner for Renwick Gallery Grand Salon design competition

Tiancheng International's Jewellery and Jadeite Spring Auction 2013 totalled HK$287 million

Raqib Shaw's first exhibition in the Czech Republic opens at Galerie Rudolfinum

Hôtel des Ventes to offer a unique collection of 16th to 19th century scientific instruments and books

VOLTA9: Quiet halls, but strong sales speak volumes

National Gallery of Australia releases statement on the purchase of works of art from Mr. Subhash Kapoor

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art opens; Exhibits and programs will focus on art of the Puget Sound Region

Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

43 Inverness Street opens solo exhibition of work by Ben Nathan

Laver: A new brand of laverbread aimed at the young, metropolitan consumer launched in Cardiff

Voice of the Unseen: Chinese independent art 1979-today on view in Venice

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

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, .


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

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

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