“A genius is amongst us,” exclaimed Guy Northrup, former art critic for the Commercial Appeal, when he reviewed a Walter Anderson (1903-1965) exhibition in 1950. Since, Anderson’s standing has grown among art critics nationwide, but he is often still referred to as one of the greatest artists you’ve never heard of. Kay Larson of New York Magazine said, “Anderson is making a posthumous stab at national prominence—some say as the South’s greatest artist, a claim I can’t disprove.”
This exhibition included 160 watercolors, oil paintings, block prints, pottery and woodcarvings. It also included large photomurals depicting Anderson’s professional and personal projects, such as the Ocean Springs Community Center and the Little Room. Walter Inglis Anderson: Everything I See is New and Strange was organized by The Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Walter Anderson’s family and sponsored by Lakeside Behavioral Health System, Mississippi MS, and WMC-TV 5.