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Georgia Museum of Art features southern narrative works by Carroll Cloar
Carroll Cloar (American, 1913–1993), Wedding Party, 1971. Acrylic on Masonite. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds 73.24©Estate of Carroll Cloar.
ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the exhibition “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” October 5, 2013, through January 5, 2014.

Marking the centenary of Carroll Cloar’s birth, the exhibition includes approximately 75 paintings that depict a unique and timeless vision of the South. Organized by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Arkansas Arts Center, this exhibition features works by Cloar from major public collections (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Gardens) as well as rarely seen pictures still in private hands.

Born in the small town of Earle, Ark., in 1913, Cloar painted from memories of his rural childhood. He spent most of his life in the South, attending Southwestern at Memphis College and later, Memphis College of Art. He later received a Guggenheim Fellowship, allowing him to travel to Mexico, where he was exposed to and influenced by such realist painters as Diego Rivera.

Cloar’s paintings, with their saturated colors, repeating patterns and shallow picture planes, pay homage to great American realist masters and Pointillism. The sprawling landscapes and scenes of daily life showcase a classic view of the South through a surrealistic lens.

Cloar’s widow, Patricia Milsted-Cloar, is an Athens resident and docent at the museum. Three works featured in the exhibition come from her private collection. While Cloar is known for his depictions of the South, his widow believes that they have a universal appeal.

“People from different countries would often stay in our home, and they would be stunned by the paintings. The feelings they evoke are the same in everyone. This exhibition is new territory for him, as he is more well known in New York and the mid South. Carroll would have loved this,” said Milsted-Cloar.

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