There are three big shows opening this weekend around town that have really got us excited – one very chic museum show and a couple of gallery exhibitions of highly respected American painters. Some people may be surprised that there are exhibitions by such big name artists here in our little city – but it happens on a regular basis, you just have to know where to look. Or have friends like us to tell you! Happy Friday!
Mint Museum – Halston and Warhol / Silver & Suede
March 7, 2015 – June 14, 2015
Traveling here to Charlotte from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this exhibition was created in collaboration with Lesley Forwick – niece of the legendary designer Roy Halston Forwick. The exhibition pairs Warhol’s art (paintings, photographs and video works) with over 40 Halston designs exploring the links and similarities of the work of these two highly influential men which was heavily influenced by the social context of New York City in the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s.
Hidell Brooks – Charles Walker + Francis Livingston
MARCH 6, 2015 – April 25, 2015
1910 S Blvd, Suite 130
Currently on display at Hidell Brooks is a simultaneous exhibition of Far East Dallas by NC artist Charles Walker, and Facades by Francis Livingston. Walker’s works are abstract, graphic paintings. which break down painterly expression into its simplest terms with repetition of line, color and texture. The artist says that through this process is how he tries to, “find the mainline into the human soul shaded by my personal perception.”
Juxtaposed with the abstract work by Walker are Francis Livingston’s Facades. Originally, Livingston painted in a primarily monochromatic palette until he began to be influenced by the bay area figurative movement. This lead to a exploration of color to create dramatic light and shadow in his architectural paintings like dreamy storefront you see depicted below.
Jerald Melberg Gallery – Wolf Kahn
MARCH 7, 2015 – APRIL 25, 2015
625 S Sharon Amity Rd
Widely considered one of the premier landscape painters in America, Wolf Kahn is actually a German born painter who is exhibited worldwide. His interpretation of the beauty of the landscape around us this a welcome respite from the harshness of day to day city life. Looking at a Wolf Kahn, for me, is the equivalent of a brisk hike on an early spring day.
Visit the Melberg Gallery to see the works in person and read more in this online catalog of the work in the exhibition.