Meredith Pardue, at right, with guests on opening night.
What a beautiful evening! Thanks to everyone who turned out last Thursday night for Meredith Pardue’s opening reception for her show entitled “Revolutions”. A magical soiree indeed – Meredith was ravishing and well received as her art installations danced on the walls of our gallery with beatific aplomb.
Barbara Serota, Cynthia Fray, Jean-Marc Fray, Birgit Schroeder.
Meredith Pardue, center, with guests Mia and Birgit.
“In this aesthetically whimsical body of work titled Revolutions, I use the circle to address the universal issues of time, speed, and change. As a symbol, a circle or sphere could not be more fully loaded, as it represents some of the most powerful and universal elements that exist. Aesthetically, the foundation for this work is the rotation of heavenly bodies–specifically the sun, the moon, and the Earth. In Revolutions I address how the rotations of these heavenly bodies relate to human lives, with specific respect to the passage of time and the changes that occur in between these cycles.
The obvious visual reference to lunar phases and planetary rotation lays a solid foundation for the fusion of one kind of revolution with another. As titles such as Medals from One Long War or The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution suggest, an internal, personal, or political revolution also takes place within the constructs of these temporal revolutions of nature, while the titles Mandala I and II suggest the quest or presence of a spiritual revolution.
I chose to deliver this loaded concept in the form of a colorful palette of mixed media pieces, offering the viewer a playful respite from the gravity of its content. The clean simple beauty of the natural maple both literally and aesthetically supports the rich impasto of the paint and collage. It is my hope that the viewer will find both meaning and beauty in the balance of these two contrasting elements, as well as infuse his or her own understanding to the work, and therefore adding the most important dimension to the artwork–life.” —Meredith Pardue.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum, showing now through January 2, 2011. This selection of 40 nineteenth-century paintings includes works from Impressionist artists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas, as well as British and American masters J.M.W. Turner, Gilbert Stuart and Asher B. Durand, among others.
Selected by former Walters curator Eik Kahng for their art historical significance and fine quality, these paintings provide examples of the various artistic schools and movements of nineteenth-century painting in Western Europe and the United States. Highlights include J.A.D. Ingres’ neoclassical rendering of Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864) and Eugène Delacroix’s Christ on the Sea of Galilee (1854), as well as Monet’s Springtime (1872) and Manet’s fascinating Café-Concert (1879).
“Oedipus and the Sphinx” 1864, Ingres.
This is not an Impressionist exhibit, nor what the press would call a “blockbuster” exhibit, given the high profile names and of the artists and their masterpieces. Rather, this 40-piece collection from Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum offers an intimate glimpse at the trends of 19th century European and American painting, from neoclassicism and romanticism to landscape painting and finally to impressionism.
“Cafe Concert”, 1879, Manet.
In any case, this is a rare opportunity for Austinites to get a very close look at some of the world’s finest examples of 19th century art. You won’t want to miss it!
The Blanton Museum of Art The University of Texas at Austin 200 East Martin Luther King Austin, Texas 78701 Tel: (512) 471-7324 www.blantonmuseum.org
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