Sarah Sargent



Untitled (Soap Bubble Set, Latitude and Longitude), c. 1960, is one of the Joseph Cornell assemblages donated to the Fralin.

Joseph Cornell plays in the shadows of the Surrealist movement

A rich and deeply satisfying show, “Joseph Cornell and Surrealism” at the Fralin Museum explores Cornell’s work in the context of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s and ’40s. Prior to seeing it, I had the common, yet incorrect impression, that Cornell was a hermit-like creature akin to Henry Darger who created his work in […]

Jasper Johns’ “Pinion,” edition 13/36, 1966, is part of an exhibition of print work from the artist better known for his bronze Ballantine Ale cans.

Jasper Johns’ print works bring order to chaos

Now in his eighties, America’s greatest living artist, Jasper Johns, is still recognized as the vanguard who ignored convention to create a new, galvanizing style that brilliantly reflected the spirit and mores of its time. Johns’ far-reaching influence can be discerned in Pop Art, minimalism, and conceptual art movements and it continues to resound in […]

Lisa Beane pulls joy from chaos and crisis in her paintings on exhibition at The Jefferson School African American Cultural Heritage Center.

Artist Lisa Beane meditates on loss and honor in “Chapters”

“These paintings are so raw; they’re so far from anything I’ve ever done before,” said Lisa Beane about her show “Chapters,” now on view at The Jefferson School African American Cultural Heritage Center through March 30. Beane is a Los Angeles-based artist. But for many years she lived in Charlottesville, while raising her daughter Leslie […]

Millicent Young’s “Not Known [(un)furl],” composed of grapevine and horse hair is currently on view in her show “Known/Not Known” at Chroma.

Millicent Young seeks a new mythology through primordial totems

I was completely captivated by Millicent Young’s radiant show at Chroma Projects. Composed of horsehair and found wood, Young’s work thrums with nature and speaks to ancient mysteries that our modern selves can only dimly grasp. “The known, the unknown, and the unknowable is a trinity that has been with me a very long time,” […]

Patrick Dougherty and a local team are assembling an original sculpture woven from saplings and harvested twigs. The environmentally vulnerable sculpture will remain on UVA Arts Grounds until its demise.

Installation artist Patrick Dougherty twists twigs and tames volunteers

If you’ve been in the vicinity of the Ruth Caplin Theatre and the Arts Commons at UVA, you’ve no doubt noticed some unusual activity in the bowl-shaped area between the buildings. Renowned installation artist Patrick Dougherty, together with a group of community and UVA volunteers, is hard at work weaving a sculpture made from locally harvested […]

“Portrait,” 1921 is included in the first U.S. retrospective of Émilie Charmy’s work currently on view at the Fralin.

Émilie Charmy defied convention with her masculine style

Born in 1878 in the town of Saint-Étienne near Lyon, France, Émilie Charmy was groomed for the proper profession of teaching. But Charmy, whom I had never heard of before the Fralin show, had other ideas, taking up painting instead. Initially, she focused on traditional scenes of domestic life in an Impressionist style. But, she […]

Ansel Adams’ “Golden Gate Headlands from Lincoln Park, San Francisco, California” exemplifies the tonality and texture in his signature style.

Review: Rediscovering the masterworks of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams’ photography is one of those things that’s easy to dismiss because we’ve seen so much of it reproduced in calendars, outsize posters, and the like. But after spending time with the actual photographs now on view at UVA’s Fralin Museum in “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” through October 13, I rediscovered the magic in […]

Dymph de Wild's composed installation "Shelter and Discovery" is on exhibit at Chroma Projects. Image courtesy of the artist.

Field recordings: Dymph de Wild’s found object art feels like home

Chroma Projects’ current featured artist, Dymph de Wild, works in a variety of media (drawing, printmaking, photography, video, performance, sculpture), juggling different approaches and moving from the randomness and spontaneity of her sculptures to more restrained and controlled works on paper. Her balancing act, “In the Field, Humanature, & Elemental Encounter,” is on view through […]

Lola Flash's portraiture (shigi, NYC, 2008) is set against the skylines of London, New York, and South Africa. Image courtesy of the artist.

Adjusting the lens: Photographer Lola Flash deconstructs stereotypes

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center encapsulates the seminal role played by the quest for and the denial of public education in the history of African-Americans. Promoted by Thomas Jefferson as key to the success of democracy, education was denied to black people in Southern states between 1800 and 1835. Despite this, African-Americans managed […]

Versatility is apparent in Karen Blair’s “Goldenrod,” oil on canvas, currently on exhibit in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery at McGuffey Art Center. Image: Courtesy of the artist

Warm welcome: Group show at McGuffey invites colorful observations

If you’re in need of an instant mood-elevator, I suggest you head straight over to the McGuffey Art Center where dazzling light and vibrant color (and some pretty nifty painting) is on full display at a group show featuring the work of Karen Blair, Jessie Coles, Priscilla Long Whitlock, and Krista Townsend. Still lifes, landscape, […]

Edouard Vuillard’s “Young Woman Trying on a Hat,” c. 1900, is one of 55 works on view in the Fralin’s French drawings exhibition. Courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon Collection, 95.24

Fralin Museum’s “Corot to Cézanne” paints a portrait of the collectors

One of America’s great art connoisseurs and patrons, Paul Mellon was quoted as saying that he and his wife “almost never buy a painting or drawing we would not want to live with or see constantly.” Having cut his teeth on father Andrew Mellon’s renowned art collection (which formed the nucleus of the National Gallery of Art), Paul Mellon was graced with an extraordinarily refined eye.

"Composition, 1934" is one of the works on exhibit in Jean Hélion: "Reality and Abstraction."

Jean Hélion’s journey through abstraction at the Fralin Museum of Art

“Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction,” currently on view at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art presents a small, yet rich collection of this under-appreciated artist’s work. The eight paintings and numerous works on paper are both handsome works of art and revealing souvenirs from Hélion’s artistic journey “through and then away from abstract art.” Curated by […]

UVA art history professor Lyn Gasman decoded and detailed the work of Pablo Picasso. Photo: courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde

“Picasso, Lydia and Friends” at Les Yeux du Monde

Friday’s opening of “Picasso, Lydia and Friends,”  features the work of Anne Chesnut, Dean Dass, David Summers, Rosemarie Fiore, Russ Warren, Sanda Iliescu, Lydia Gasman and last but not least, Picasso. The exhibition heralds the advent of the Lydia Csato Gasman Archives for Picasso and Modernist Studies under the leadership of Lyn Bolen Warren and […]

“Horn 1, 2012” is one of the camera obscura pieces included in the exhibit at Les Yeux du Monde. (Courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde)

Rob Tarbell and Douglas Boyce fuse visual art and musical composition

A collaboration between visual artist Rob Tarbell and composer Douglas Boyce, “Bird-like Things in Things Like Trees” was conceived two summers ago during an artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France. While there, both men became captivated by a distinctive birdsong. Their unsuccessful quest to identify the bird became […]

Artists and UVA students connect the dots in Google Earth project

Artists and UVA students connect the dots in Google Earth project

Artist and UVA professor Megan Marlatt leads “The Cardboard Collective” to create a public work of art visible via satellite. (Kelly Johnson) Working under the direction of artist and professor Megan Marlatt, “The Cardboard Collective” has been at it again painting “Hello Pluto, Good-bye Kitty” on an asphalt parking lot off Route 29. Made up […]

Chroma celebrates the human form

Chroma celebrates the human form

Existence rather than likeness is the focus of “Protagonist,” on view at Chroma Projects Art Laboratory through March 24. The show features the work of a diverse group of artists—Bolanle Adeboye, Matt Kleberg, Akemi Ohira, Sarah Owens, Carrie Miller Payne, Nym Pedersen, Sharon Shapiro, and Richard Weaver—whose images employ metaphor, allegory, and the creative application […]

UVA's Brooks Museum resurrected through cardboard

UVA's Brooks Museum resurrected through cardboard

 A collaboration between The Cardboard Company and New York artist Tom Burckhardt, “The Brooks Natural History Museum C. 1900: A Creative Interpretation,” opened at Ruffin Gallery on February 24. The installation is a whimsical re-imagination of UVA’s defunct natural history museum, which occupied Brooks Hall from 1877 through the 1940s, constructed of brown cardboard (60 […]

UVA Art Museum’s new run covers ground

UVA Art Museum’s new run covers ground

The UVA Art Museum unveiled four new shows earlier this month that cover a breathtaking expanse of ground and make for an enjoyable afternoon of fine art. Curated by Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Italian Renaissance Art and Literature, “Master Printmakers: The Italian Renaissance and its Modern Legacy” features engravings, woodcuts, and etchings by artists […]