Painting American Progress: Selections from the Kattner Collection and More

On view in the Brinkley, Phillips, and Willmott Galleries and the Dixon Residence 
November 1, 2015 – April 3, 2016

More than sixty paintings and pastels from the Dixon’s permanent collection traveled to Utica, New York as the exhibition Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism, which closes November 29 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. The overwhelming popularity of Monet to Matisse has kept our permanent collection in high demand across the country.  In fact, in the past five years our permanent collection has traveled to seven different venues—receiving enthusiastic reviews and record numbers of visitors at each one. Now, it is time for some beauty rest! All of the works will undergo a conservation assessment when they return to the Dixon. During that time, some will receive a bit of T.L.C. as they prepare to go back on view to celebrate the Dixon’s fortieth anniversary in the spring.     

The Nina and Keith Kattner Collection of American paintings, on long-term loan to the Dixon, offer incredible examples of American art. Majestic landscapes from Hudson River School artists William Sonntag, John Frederick Kensett, and Alfred Bricher and the luminous, moody works of Ralph A. Blakelock, provide an extensive back-story to the impressionist-inspired styles on view in Scenic Impressions. The works on view chart American art’s progression towards Modernism from the Hudson River School to Blakelock’s emotive canvases and the works of his Tonalist contemporaries. A survey of American painting of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Kattner Collection provides an in-depth look at the development of American painting. A selection of American paintings from the Dixon’s permanent collection will also be on view in the galleries, complementing the Southern Impressionist paintings on view in Scenic Impressions

Alfred T. Bricher (American,1837- 1908),  The Cliffs at Nahant, ca. 1885; Oil on canvas,  27 x 50 inches; Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Kattner



Pinkney Herbert

On view in the Catmur Foyer
November 1, 2015 – April 3, 2016

Pinkney Herbert has long been a vital member of the Memphis art scene. He received a BA from Rhodes College and a MFA from the University of Memphis, and has taught art at Memphis University School, Memphis College of Art, the University of Memphis, and Rhodes College. After living and working in New York throughout the 1980s, in 1992, Herbert returned to Memphis.   He imported the New York trend of converting unused industrial spaces into art-making facilities and founded Marshall Arts, a studio space for local, national, and international artists in the Edge district of Downtown Memphis.    

Herbert’s synthesis of Memphis and New York influences plays out in the rhythm and color of his energetic, abstract paintings. His canvases are a manifestation of the musical compositions that inspire them, pulsing with expression and tempered with thoughtfully-composed space. 

Image: PINKNEY HERBERT,  Jack, 2014, oil and digital print on canvas.  Courtesy of David Lusk Gallery


Amalgamations: A Digital Reimagining of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Permanent Collection by Joshua Brinlee 

Mallory/Wurtzburger Exhibition 
January 10 – April 3, 2016 

Amalgamations: A Digital Reimagining of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Permanent Collection by Joshua Brinlee is a series of work that gives the Dixon permanent collection new life through digital manipulation. Brinlee combines and synthesizes the Dixon’s exemplary collection of paintings, porcelain, and sculpture into new digital collages, restoring a different sort of originality to them.  

Image: Joshua Brinlee,  A Joyous Festival of the Commedia Dell’Arte, 2015 Digital collage, C-print.   Courtesy of the artist.



Thomas Cole’s The Voyage of Life 

Organized by Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute 

January 17 – April 3, 2016    

In the late 1820s, British émigré artist Thomas Cole emerged as a leading figure among a group of painters whose works embodied the romantic spirit of pre-Civil War America, later known as the Hudson River School. The Voyage of Life, Cole’s series of four allegorical landscapes is one of his greatest achievements. The exhibition also includes a number of important preliminary landscape and figure studies Cole made for the series, as well as a selection of drawings, prints, and photographs the series directly inspired, some of which have never previously been published or exhibited and are virtually unknown, even in the field of Thomas Cole scholarship.   A magnificent landscape by Cole’s pupil and fellow Hudson River School artist, Frederic Edwin Church, will also be on view.         



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