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Paint Made Flesh

May 5, 2009

On occasion your friendly SECCA staff has the opportunity to venture out into the wider artworld. From points right here in our own fair city, to our southeastern region, nation, and across the globe, we are always thrilled to experience new work, ideas, and meet new people. We are even more excited to bring those ideas back and share them through this blog.

Jenny Saville, Hyphen, 1999

Jenny Saville, Hyphen, 1999

This past weekend I had the good fortune of spending a bit of time in Nasvhille, TN for a friend’s wedding. While in Music City (aka Nash Vegas to some) I zipped through a great painting exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Paint Made Flesh (up through May 10) is a captivating study of how artists of the mid-late 20th century have rendered our corporeal condition via pigment on canvas. The exhibition pulled together some heavy hitters including Lucian Freud, Alice Neel, Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Eric Fischl, Jenny Saville, Julian Schnabel, Daniel Richter, and others. Beyond academic/aesthetic studies of shape, mass, etc., the works in this show charge the human form with deep psychological, emotional, and spiritual values, implying the vulnerability of our human condition. I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

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