Sunday, October 27, 2013

30 AMERICANS at The Frist Center

The Frist Center for the Visuals Arts in Nashville is hosting a very unique exhibit right now which explores the boundaries of racial vision through the visual arts in our country.  I highly recommend my Tennessee folk see this inspiring and insightful body of work while it's on display through January 12th.  If you've never been to The Frist, now is the time to experience the level of achievement it brings to our region and state with exhibits like 30 Americans.
Kehinde Wiley - "Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivare"

This collection of works from 30 African-American artists includes various installations along with Nick Cave's Soundsuits, which are very surreal nevertheless in motion (which you can view through a video installation.)  Paintings on display are from artists ranging from the legendary Jean-Michel Basuiat to one of my own favorite artists creating work today, Kehinde Wiley.  Wiley's work takes black youths from the streets of urban New York and places them in classical portraiture historically reserved for the rich and powerful.  His meticulously patterned backgrounds fused with his masterfully painted subjects are simply not done justice by a digital or print image.  You must see them with your own eyes to grasp the scale and scope of their design.  I was lucky enough to also see a few works from his World Stage series in Phoenix a couple of years back.  His paintings are showstoppers and command any room they grace- alone they make the cost of admission well spent.

The experience of 30 Americans as a whole is full of power and full of art which makes its audience think.  Aurora and I have found ourselves talking about it all weekend and think you should do yourself the same pleasure.

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