Realism to Abstractionism:

Realism to Abstractionism:
Tennessee Painting 1920 to 1970

An exhibition of more than 70 paintings from the Tennessee State Museum’s collection is on view in the museum’s Changing Galleries. The exhibit entitled, Realism to Abstractionism: Tennessee Painting 1920 to 1970, covers a period in art history where painters were exploring new techniques.

Tennessee, like the rest of the western world, experienced many new artistic trends in the years between 1920 and 1970. Among the painters with Tennessee ties working during this 50-year time frame were: Carl Sublett, Philip Perkins, Avery Handly, Carroll Cloar, David Driskell, Aaron Douglas, Willie Betty Newman, Walter Stevens, Louis Jones, Bertha Herbert Potter, George Ayres Cress, and Beauford Delaney.  

Artistic trends were moving to a less formalized presentation of subject matter, and freer handling of the materials, according to the museum’s art senior curator Jim Hoobler who organized this exhibit. Those trends can be seen here in landscape, portraiture, still life, and pure abstraction. “Being a conservative environment,” he said, “Tennessee moved slowly to embrace these new movements.” However, the advancements which occurred during this period are what produced the art of today, he continued.

Realism to Abstractionism: Tennessee Painting 1920 to 1970, complements the retrospective of Charles Cagle’s work, which is being shown concurrently in the museum’s Changing Galleries. Both exhibitions are free to the public and will be on view through May 15, 2016.

Image caption: Fritzi Brod, Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, c. 1944, Oil on canvas. Collection of the Tennessee State Museum.

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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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