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This is my blog on the arts scene of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding Triangle communities. I'll focus on visual arts and the 2ndFriday Artwalk and other visual art events but that doesn't mean I won't chat about music, literary events, film or anything else in the local creative world. Please email with ideas, links, comments or brickbats. [I have comment moderation on so if you don't see your comment right away that means that I haven't had a chance to approve it yet. Sorry, but the spammers.....]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It looks like another really good show at the Ackland starting September 9th

Karen and I went to a show at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC recently.  It was a well reviewed show that highlighted art work owned by local collectors.  While there were some highlights like a Chuck Close portrait of his father-in-law, it was overall rather humdrum and disappointing.

The UNC-CH Ackland museum is doing something similar, starting September 9th through December 4, and the list of artists suggests this should be, in contrast to the DC show, a doozy!  From their website:
Gathered from the private collections of more than 45 alumni of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art brings together nearly 90 hidden treasures by some of the most renowned artists of the modern era.
How's this for a start: Louise Bourgeois, Marsden Hartley, Thomas Hart Benton, Isamu Noguchi, George Bellows, Milton Avery, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, David Smith, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Meyer Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Jasper Johns, and Romare Bearden.

Europeans you ask?  Pissarro,  Monet,  Renoir,  Derain, Rousseau, Picasso, Max Ernst, Duchamp, Henry Moore, de Chirico, Gerhard Richter.

Photographers?  Ansel Adams, Weston, Walker Evans, Sally Mann, Irving Penn.

And that is a just a partial list!

I'm particularly looking forward to the Hartley, Neel, Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Bearden and Duchamp.  I've never heard of Arthur Dove but this looks like a lovely piece:

Arthur Garfield Dove, American, 1880 – 1946, Golden Sun, 1937, oil on board, 13 ¾ x 9 ¾ in. (34.9 x 24.8 cm), Lent by Pitt Hyde (BA '65) and Barbara Rosser Hyde (BA '83). Image © The Estate of Arthur G. Dove, courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

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