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"Two Landscape Exhibitions"
2001-11-16 until 2002-01-05
Arlington Museum of Art
USA United States of America
In the Joyner Gallery on the main level will be a two-person exhibition
featuring large paintings by Dan Blagg and Jim Woodson, curated by Rachel
Bounds. Upstairs, in the Allan Saxe Mezzanine Galleries will be a group
exhibition of various media and scale, curated by Anne Allen.
Place: Day/Night features the works of two established Fort Worth painters
not previously shown at the museum: Blagg and Woodson. For this exhibition
of large paintings, curator Bounds has selected a new body of work by Blagg
featuring night urban scenes and a new series of southwestern landscapes by
Woodson. United by canvas, oil, and scale these works provide opposing views
of the world around us. The dichotomy of day and night is echoed in the
rural / urban, natural/manmade, vacant/constructed themes present in the
works and while easily accessible to a wide audience worthy of deeper
Sublime: The Landscape Re-Envisioned opens November 16 in the Allan Saxe
Mezzanine Galleries and runs concurrently with Place: Day/Night, through
January 5, 2002. As defined by Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the quality
of being sublime is: tending to inspire awe because of beauty, nobility or
grandeur. Artists have long been fascinated with the landscape as a means of
communicating the dreams, ambitions and conditions of their place and time.
The Hudson River School artists in the early to mid-nineteenth century sought
to transport their viewers to a spiritual state of being, in part through
depicting a natural American landscape so glorious in its perfection that man
was almost inconsequential in relationship to it. Artists today have a great
variety of things to say about the contemporary landscape. Some approaches
seek to capture the idyllic aspects of our urban/suburban surroundings;
others personalize it with wit or mystery.