Contemporary Painting in Georgia – The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta

The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta

Painters’ Reel
Contemporary Painting in Georgia
June 19 – September 26, 2010

The Morris Museum of Art presents its Fourth Annual Print Fair on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the museum’s first-floor auditorium and lobby. Leading artists, art dealers, and ateliers are offering a wide variety of original, artist-signed, limited-edition works of art—etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, and monotypes—on sale for one day only.

Stefanie Jackson

Stefanie Jackson,
Elysian Fields, 2007.
Courtesy of the artist.
© All rights reserved

The exhibition was originally organized by Corrine Colarusso, acting as a guest curator on behalf of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. After Eric O’Dell, curator of exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, invited her participation, she provided the premise for the exhibition and devised the selection process that identified the artists included in it.

However, she says,”in a sense, the exhibition organized itself.” Corrine Colarusso first invited the participation of two other Georgia painters, Don Cooper and Cheryl Goldsleger, whose work had been a source of particular pleasure, intellectual stimulation, and engagement to her over many years. After selecting their work, she invited them to choose the next participants, using the same highly personal criteria as the basis for selection. They, in turn, asked the next, and so on. Although it is unusual, this selection process seems peculiarly appropriate for this exhibition.

As Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art states, “This method of selection is strangely consistent with the process that attends painting: deciding when and where to begin, trusting instinct, making a decision regarding direction (even though the ultimate destination is unknown), and following that direction to its conclusion before pursuing another line of development until it feels done, until it feels that everything that can be said on this subject has now been said—while all the time presuming that the painting, when finished, will make sense in some way. Like all creative work, painting inevitably involves a leap of faith.”

<strongPainters’ Reel</strong demonstrates that these are fruitful times for painting in Georgia. The region teems with good painters, and the highly select group that makes up Painter’s Reel is proof that this is so. They range in age from mid-thirties to mid-seventies. They live and work in Augusta, Athens, Atlanta, and Savannah. They do not espouse a single stylistic approach. If anything, this selection demonstrates that there are many ways of seeing and just as many ways to capture the thing seen—and, sometimes, felt.

Kent Ambler

Kent Ambler
On the Hunt, six-color woodcut print. Courtesy of the artist.
© All rights reserved

Rocio Rodriguez

Rocio Rodriguez,
July 5, 06 No. 1, 2008.
Courtesy of the artist.
© All rights reserved

The artists represented in the exhibition include Scott Belville, Athens; Betsy Cain, Savannah; Corrine Colarusso, Atlanta; Don Cooper, Atlanta; Cheryl Goldsleger, Athens; Stefanie Jackson, Athens; Marcus Kenney, Savannah; Philip Morsberger, Augusta; Tom Nakashima, Augusta; Rocio Rodriguez, Atlanta; and Art Rosenbaum, Athens.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue that is available through the Morris Museum store. It includes reproductions of each of the artist’s work, as well as biographical information and a critical appreciation of each artist by one of the other artists in the exhibition.

Courtesy The Morris Museum of Art
Images © All rights reserved


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