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Annie Harris Massie’s new works capture the subtleties of color and light played over area landscapes in paintings such as “Cobalt Crossing into the Pond.”
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Annie Harris Massie invites contemplation at Les Yeux du Monde

“No matter what her subject, whether it’s her own yard, landscapes, or those magnified close ups of the viburnum or hydrangea,” says Les Yeux du Monde Gallery Director Lyn Warren about Annie Harris Massie, “They’re all bathed in light that unifies them, abstracts them and de-materializes them.” In addition to her virtuosity at capturing light, […]

Lou Haney’s “Funion” adds whimsy to the large collection of small works in Second Street Gallery’s “Teeny Tiny Trifecta,” on view through September 28. Image courtesy of the artist

Small gathering: A little means a lot at Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery begins its 45th year with “Teeny Tiny Trifecta,” a group exhibition in the Dové Gallery featuring 72 artists working in a wide range of styles, techniques, and media. Curated by Kristen Chiacchia, the gallery’s executive director and chief curator, the artwork was solicited through an open call, which garnered submissions from more […]

Ivy Naté (work above) is among the artists featured in Les Yeux du Monde’s “Expressions in Black and White.” Courtesy artist

Review: Les Yeux du Monde shows brilliance in black and white

With “Expressions in Black and White” at Les Yeux du Monde, gallery director Lyn Warren brings together four artists whose work spans a range of media, from soft sculpture to monotypes, and offers juxtapositions of technique and style that are both visually interesting and thought-provoking. “For this show, what really inspired me was the materials. […]

In Lisa Ryan's "Island Issue" and "Won't Obey," magazine cuttings of color, texture and shape form thought-provoking images. Courtesy of the artist

Lisa Ryan’s striking collages deserve a close-up

“I see like an artist and think like a designer,” says Lisa Ryan about her stylish collages, on view in “Please Don’t Ask It Can’t Be Explained” at Studio IX. Unlike most collage artists, Ryan focuses on formal considerations, rather than narrative. Her work is fresh with an almost total lack of the whimsy that is […]

In work such as “The Book” and “There Once Was a Boy Hanging from a Tree,” Lisa Beane draws on a dark past and brutal, present-day realities for her “Karma” exhibition. Courtesy of the artist

Lisa Beane uses “Karma” to address atrocities

Nine years ago I reviewed an exhibition at the Fralin Art Museum featuring the work of William Christenberry. Included in the show was his “Klan Room Tableau,” a peculiar installation of dolls dressed in KKK robes. According to Christenberry, the highly personal work was his means of exposing and exorcising the hatred and violence of […]

Robert Polidori’s aim is to capture in a photograph of rooms with many coats of different colored flaking paint the quality of a painting. Courtesy of the artist

New show at Neal Guma lures with hyper-reality

According to Neal Guma, what unites the four photographers in his current show is an approach to photography that is painterly. While Ljubodrag Andric and Robert Polidori often seek out subjects that can look like paintings and play with our perception of them, Markus Brunetti and John Chiara use photography as a painter might paint, […]

Holly Andres is known for using multiple images to tell a story, such as  in "The Fallen Fawn" series. Photo courtesy Neal Guma

Neal Guma gallery assembles a striking group show

With just five photographs on view, Neal Guma has assembled a richly satisfying show featuring some of the most interesting photographers working today at his new, eponymously named gallery on Third Street. While different in terms of style, approach and subject matter, the work is linked by a sense of mystery, foreboding and even danger. […]

Sonya Clark’s “Encrusted” considers Abraham Lincoln’s role in black history through a sugar-coated $5 bill. Courtesy of the artist

Sonya Clark marks slavery history at Second Street Gallery

Sonya Clark’s “Bitter, Sweet and Tender,” currently on view at Second Street Gallery, features sculpture, textiles and photography Clark has created, found or had fabricated. These objects limn a potent narrative encompassing Clark’s personal history and the troubled history of the U.S. and Caribbean centered on the use of people as commodities, examined through the […]

Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” (1967) serigraph is on display in UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art’s “Icons” exhibit through September 18. Photo: © 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual
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The Fralin explores iconography through Warhol’s eyes

In “Andy Warhol: Icons,”  The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA brings together prints the Andy Warhol Foundation gave to the museum in 2014, along with works from a number of loaned sources, to explore the concept of icon in both a traditional and contemporary sense. As one of the most prominent 20th century icons, […]

Anne Slaughter’s “At the Edge of the Night” depicts the artist’s escape from occupied France during World War II. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Layers of emotion: Artist Anne Slaughter builds up to self-discovery

Anne Slaughter has been a familiar presence on the Charlottesville art scene for many years, her oeuvre being most notable for its heavily worked surfaces. Slaughter spends enormous effort on these, building them up with layers of pigment, “Many, many layers,” she emphasized. She’s constantly tinkering, applying paint and then sanding it down, reapplying paint […]

Conrad Tipungwuti’s “Kulama Ceremony” pays tribute to a celebration of life that involves three days of body painting, dancing, and the consumption of yams.
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Kluge-Ruhe presents new works in renovated galleries

After an extensive renovation, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection has unveiled two new exhibitions in its redesigned galleries. “Art and Country,” on view for the next year, provides a crystallization of Aboriginal art through the framing of basic questions. The exhibition’s design will remain while the work will be rotated out yearly so that treasures […]

Joel Sartore’s “Photo Ark,” featuring endangered wildlife, is this year’s “TREES” exhibition on the Downtown Mall. Photo credit: Joel Sartore

LOOKbetween and “TREES” fill in for photo fest downtime

It’s that time of year again when dazzling photographs of exotic wildlife hang from the willow oaks running along the Downtown Mall. Dubbed “TREES,” the exhibition of large, double-sided images is the most visible and popular aspect of LOOK3, the nonprofit organization that celebrates the vision of extraordinary photographers, ignites critical conversations about the subjects […]

Earl Gordon’s 1999 self-portrait collage is an example of his radiating, fragmented use of mixed media.

Earl Gordon’s mixed media collages are open to scrutiny

Art History Remix, now on view at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, presents 20 collages by Earl Gordon that are rich in meaning and contain lively dialogues between Western and African art, contemporary and traditional approaches, and drawn motifs and collage. Gordon’s work provides an interesting contemporary counterpoint to the Joseph Cornell show […]

Trisha Orr’s “Celestial Navigation” is one of the paintings she made to explore the relationship of body and soul during an illness. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Artist Trisha Orr paints herself out of a corner

Trisha Orr’s complex, tour de forces of fabric, objects, and flowers have earned high critical praise for many years. They are beautifully rendered, dispassionate works, and they reveal very little about the artist except that she is technically gifted and admires beauty. Growing up in a demanding family and going to art school in the […]

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, […]