John George Brown, Claiming the Shot: After the Hunt in the Adirondacks, 1865

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art 

October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017 

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art celebrates artists’ captivation with hunting and fishing. It will be the first major art exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of such outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture, ranging from the Colonial era to World War II. The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. In one important example after, these representations of hunting and fishing do more than merely illustrate subsistence or diverting pastimes, they connect a dynamic and developing American nation to its past and its future.

A scholarly catalogue edited by Kevin Sharp, Linda W., and S. Herbert Rhea Director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and published by the University of Oklahoma Press will accompany the exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Wayne Edge, Baby Budda Smile, 2016; Painted wood, mussel shells and obsidian; Courtesy of the artist.


Wayne Edge: A Sense of Wonder

October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries
 

“Nature gives up its bounty and piles it at my house…where they become stars and streaks of light in my sculptures.” Welcome to the world of Wayne Edge—a world where mussel shells become stars and wooden sticks become swooping blackbirds. Edge, a native Memphian, has long made sculptural works out of natural objects that reference organic elements of Earth and its atmosphere. Edge translates the scientific phenomena that fascinate him, like physics and astronomy, into sculpture. A Sense of Wonder features Edge’s most recent work, including sculptures made from objects found at regional landmarks like Pickwick Lake. Rocks, shells, stones, and glass bound to thin wooden sticks transform into dynamic sculptures. Edge bends the sticks and lashes them together into wild, energetic movements that even with their tension retain a sense of lightness and humor. Works such as Milky Way out West represent celestial concepts, while others like Blackbirds Buggin draw directly from wildlife. Taken as a whole, the works on view give the impression of tranquility and reverence for the power of nature.

Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries sponsored by:
Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger


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