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" The Charleston Renaissance Tradition: Early Works by Corrie McCallum"
2002-12-17 until 2003-06-17
Gibbes Museum of Art
USA United States of America
On December 17th, a new exhibition of works by South Carolina native Corrie McCallum will go on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Charleston Renaissance Tradition: Early Works by Corrie McCallum focuses on a group of works on paper never before on public display that examines how McCallum’s early style was largely influenced by artists working in the tradition of the Charleston Renaissance, a dynamic period of artistic activity in the city from 1915 to 1940.
The wife of the late artist William Halsey, Corrie McCallum has achieved a level of creativity that can only come from a lifetime of observance and productivity. While best known for her spirited, large-scale abstract canvases, lavishly painted landscapes and exotic woodblock prints of distant lands, McCallum executed a series of watercolor views of Charleston early in her career that reflect the tradition of the Charleston Renaissance. McCallum’s watercolors offer a Modernist approach to the architectural landmarks and lush landscape familiar to Lowcountry visitors.
"Among the earliest works Corrie produced in Charleston after she and William left Mexico in 1941, her street scenes are indicative of what many Charleston artists were producing between the two World Wars,” said Curator of Collections Angela Mack. “However, Corrie imbues her work with a gutsy, primitive quality that suggests the influence of the Mexican muralists, Orozco and Siqueiros, whom she greatly admired.”
The Charleston Renaissance Tradition: Early Works by Corrie McCallum offers an opportunity to examine the influence of the Charleston Renaissance period on the next generation of artists associated with this region. McCallum’s watercolors will be exhibited in tandem with the works of well-known artists of the Renaissance period such as Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Hutty and Anna Heyward Taylor.