Helen Frankenthaler, Grey Fireworks, 2000.
63-color silkscreen. Wells Fargo Collection.
Starters: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
SEPTEMBER 14–NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Through much of the fall, the Morris is displaying a large sampling from the Wells Fargo Collection, one of the most renowned corporate collections in the United States. The exhibition includes representative examples from the company's main areas of collecting interest—nineteenth-century American paintings, contemporary prints, photography, and art nouveau posters—and features fifty works of art in a variety of media. These works offer a broad overview of artistic development from the 1830s through the twentieth century. The exhibition highlights a number of major artistic contributors, including Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, Roy DeCarava, George Caleb Bingham, and Alphonse Mucha, among many others.
Julyan Davis, "By Her Lily White Hand" (Banks
of the Ohio), 2012. Oil on canvas.Courtesy of the artist.
Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads: Paintings by Julyan Davis
OCTOBER 12–DECEMBER 15, 2013
Davis's most recent work, Dark Corners interprets traditional American, English, and Celtic ballads through images of the contemporary South. He has said the folk songs that are native to the South have provided him with a familiar narrative and a human history that connects to his own background. In his view, the stories may be old, but, "one only has to pick up a newspaper to see that they remain fully contemporary." He describes the songs as close to his heart and identifies the folk music of the American South as something that has provided him with a direct connection to the Southern landscape for more than half of his life.
Eldridge Bagley, Reunion Table, 1998. Morris
Museum of Art,
Images of Hearth and Home by Eldridge Bagley
NOVEMBER 12, 2013–JANUARY 19, 2014
Born in 1945 and raised on a farm outside Kenbridge, Virginia, Eldridge Bagley is inspired by his surroundings, employing memory, personal experience, and imagination in equal parts to chronicle a lifestyle that once sustained many, but today is nearly lost to the encroachment of exurbia and the steady advance of the bigbox store. His work entered the Morris Museum through the acquisition of the Norrell Collection in 2006. He is represented here by dozens of paintings, all of them depicting his beloved Southside.
Hunt Slonem painting in his studio.
The Worlds of Hunt Slonem
DECEMBER 7, 2013–FEBRUARY 23, 2014
A prolific painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Hunt Slonem has become best known for his neoexpressionist paintings of tropical birds, which are often based on or inspired by a personal aviary he has maintained over the years. Now one of America’s most renowned artists, his work is included in more than fifty major museum collections, including those of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Morris Museum of Art, to cite just a few. His work has been exhibited internationally, and in the United States alone it has been the subject of one-person exhibitions in more than thirty museums.
Jeff Birchill, Born to Run Free, 2012.
Georgia marble. Courtesy of the artist.
Released from Stone: Animal Sculpture by Jeff Birchill
CLOSES MARCH 2, 2014
After a successful career as a graphic designer, Jeff Birchill set up a workspace in his backyard and started carving figures, chiefly animals, out of stone. All of his work is created by hand—that is, he carves only with a hammer and various chisels. He believes that most work done with power tools looks as if the tools controlled the artist and not the other way around. To an unusual degree, the stone itself determines what he as an artist does with it. He has stated, “I have to see the image in the stone before I even start. I let the stone tell me what’s in it and then, as Michelangelo said, ‘I just chip away everything it is not.’” Birchill describes himself as “classically self-trained,” and his work is that of a man possessed of highly developed technical skills and blessed with a good eye. He is represented by Zimmerman Gallery. This is his first museum exhibition.
Edward Rice, Steeple, 2007. Monotype with
chine collé on paper. Courtesy of King
King Snake Press: A Fifteenth Anniversary Overview
JANUARY 11–MARCH 9, 2014
Founded in 1998, King Snake Press grew out of Phil Garrett’s love for creating monotypes, a medium he has explored since the mid-1980s. After earning a BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and working with several master printers, Garrett sought to encourage other artists to participate in the collaborative process of creating unique prints, which led to his founding King Snake. Working with a master printer allows an artist to become comfortable with a very different approach to making art: the artist brings the ideas and the printer offers technical advice, freeing the artist to focus on the art. Garrett’s own aesthetic is never reflected in the collaborative work, and each artist leaves with his or her own vision in the form of monotypes. King Snake Press has had a tremendous impact on nearly fifty artists who have worked with this master printer.