The immense & diverse world of landscape art
This July David Lusk Gallery-Nashville presents LAND RUSH, a blockbuster group exhibition exploring the immense and diverse world of landscape art. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, and photographs by 21 nationally and internationally renowned artists. Artists include Bruce Brainard, Charles Burchfield, Maysey Craddock, Tim Crowder, Freida Hamm, Kathleen Holder, Wolf Kahn, John Marin, Rob Mathews, Grandma Moses, Kit Reuther, Peggy Root, Brian Rutenberg, Jack Spencer, Paul Strand, Nora Sturges, Carroll Todd, Jeane Umbreit, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Kelly S. Williams and Karla Wozniak.
Over the last two centuries, different approaches to depicting the landscape have inspired influential art movements around the world. The land as subject matter holds a special significance in the history of painting--from the quick, light strokes of Monet’s water lilies that embody 19th century French Impressionism to Georgia O’Keeffe’s smooth and controlled treatment of the New Mexican desert that ushered in a new, modern aesthetic in the mid-20th century.
Artists today still see the expansive potential of using the landscape as subject matter to explore new visual theories and philosophical questions. In critic John Berger’s seminal art book Ways of Seeing, he writes, “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”
From detailed and representational to loose and abstracted, LAND RUSH explores the landscape from a number of vantage points and stylistic modes. Abstract painters Kathleen Holder (Austin, TX), Kit Reuther (Nashville), and Brian Rutenberg (New York City) offer their own bold and synesthetic takes on the natural world. Bruce Brainard (Salt Lake City) and Peggy Root (Jonesborough, TN) recreate sweeping vistas and green spaces with a realistic approach to canvas painting.
Alongside these contemporary painters is internationally celebrated folk artist Grandma Moses (1860-1961). Her lively 1942 painting “Over the River to Grandma’s House on Thanksgiving” conveys her usual archetypal small-town experience that captures the her distinct pleasant, cheerful style.
Works by master American modernists John Marin (1870 - 1953) and photographer Paul Strand (1890 – 1976), both known for their close involvement with Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, bring viewers back to the first half of the 20th century, when American artists were starting to move away from typical European scenes and discover the beauty of their own surroundings.
Contemporary photographers Jack Spencer (Nashville) and Jeane Umbreit (Memphis) offer new photographic depictions of the landscape, while sculptor Carroll Todd brings the show into three-dimensions with carefully crafted bronze sculpture. Todd’s work is inspired by modern thoughts and design tendencies of Sheeler, O’Keeffe, and Nadelman.
The exhibit will be on view through July 25. An opening reception will be held July 11.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan St. in Nashville’s Wedgewood/Houston Neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tu-Sa 11-5. For further information or visuals, contact Brittney Shedden at 901-767-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.