Scenic Impressions: Southern
Interpretations from the Johnson Collection
1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Johnson Collection is a private art collection based in Spartanburg, South
Carolina that boasts an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American
South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. This unique
collection illuminates the rich history and diverse cultures of the region. Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations
from the Johnson Collection will highlight the influence of the
Impressionist movement on art in the American South through landscapes and
genre scenes created between 1880 and 1940.
Hattie Saussy (1890-1978), Path with
Mossy Trees, undated; Oil on board, 18 x 26 inches; The Johnson Collection,
Spartanburg, South Carolina
My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly
November 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Memphis native Martha Kelly is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator whose work celebrates the Southern landscape, particularly Memphis and the Mid-South. Kelly’s paintings of open fields, spreading skies, and dominating oaks are created with large, flat planes of color with special attention to shadow and light. Her vibrant palette and restrained brushwork are echoed in her woodblock and linoleum block prints, which are punctuated by pops of bright color. All of Kelly’s work begins with sketches completed en plein air, and contain an implicit call not only to revel in the landscape around us, but to preserve it as well.
Martha Kelly, Sentinel, 2015 Linoleum block print on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
American Paintings in the Dixon
Permanent Collection and the Kattner Collection of American Paintings
November 1, 2015 – January 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
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
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