I went after last week’s snowfall to Les Yeux du Monde, the gallery Lyn Warren runs on the property of her Albemarle County home. She met me in a Jeep at the mailbox at the bottom of her driveway, and shuttled me up the snow-covered path to the home she shares with husband Russ Warren, where the W.G. Clark-designed gallery, covered in rust, stands. I went to see for myself an exhibit Lyn had arranged, called “Philosophers and Painters,” which features works by David Summers—a Renaissance expert at UVA and painter on the side, whose clever studies in light reference artists from Charles Wright to Caravaggio—but mostly the recent works of Lydia Gasman, a renowned Picasso scholar and popular professor of art history at UVA who died last month at the age of 84.
Lydia Gasman, longtime professor of art history at UVA and renowned Picasso scholar, died last month at the age of 84. A show at Les Yeux du Monde, “Philosophers and Painters,” shows a series of work from her final year.
Off the hook
The characters in John Grisham’s thrillers tend to run through the legal ringer. No surprise that the Albemarle-based writer of legal thrillers was able to beat a libel lawsuit in a Denver court of appeals last week. A district attorney, state prosecutor and police officer from near Ada, Oklahoma, first sued Grisham in 2007. They were unhappy with their portrayals in Grisham’s first-ever nonfiction book, The Innocent Man. The three lawmen helped send two innocent men to death row for more than a decade for the rape and murder of a cocktail waitress.
Three course meal
I heard from Marie Landragin, guitarist for local metallurgists Corsair, who told me that they’ll be playing a record release party at the Southern on February 20 (see page 38 for a review). Also playing the show, Landragin said, will be Red Satellites, the band that pushes glam to its reasonable limits, who will also release an EP on the night of the show. Enough excitement, right?
No. After outgoing Feedback columnist Brendan Fitzgerald showed me how to bypass my spam filter, I found among the filth and grime a glistening jewel of a message from Drunk Tigers’ principal songwriter Matt Bierce, with a new EP attached—which will also be released at the show. That’s not one, not two, but three excellent local bands that will release EPs in one night. Not bad for a small town.