American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp
JANUARY 11–APRIL 12, 2015
According to Mellencamp, “German painting remains the basic foundation for what I do, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs. Discovering Beckmann to me was like discovering Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan.” Mellencamp’s paintings have been the subject of a number of exhibitions—Nothing Like I Planned at the Tennessee State Museum in 2012, and The Paintings of John Mellencamp at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2013, and currently at the Museum of Art—DeLand, Florida. American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp—fifty oil and mixed-media paintings, including several that have never been seen by the public—will be at the Morris Museum from January 11 through April 12, 2015.
Brian Dettmer, Knowledge in Depth, 2013. Hardcover books,
acrylic varnish. Courtesy of the artist.
Knowledge in Depth: Sculpture by Brian Dettmer
DECEMBER 11, 2014–MARCH 1, 2015
Widely known for his alteration of preexisting media such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes, contemporary artist Brian Dettmer is a native of Naperville, Illinois. He earned a BA in fine arts from Columbia College Chicago, where his principal focus was painting. Following graduation, he worked as an artist and in positions related to graphics and signage design. In recent years, a large body of his work has been created by altering books—old dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, science and engineering books, art books, medical guides, atlases, and others. He cuts into the books, exposing select images and text to create intricate three-dimensional works that reveal new or alternative interpretations of the books. From 2006 until a recent move to New York City, he lived and worked in Atlanta. His work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries around the world.
Brian Linda Hartough, 12th Hole, Augusta National Golf Club,
2002. Courtesy of the artist.
In Celebration of Golf: Landscapes by Linda Hartough
FEBRUARY 21–APRIL 26, 2015
Perhaps golf’s leading artist, Linda Hartough graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970. She made a living as a professional artist in Chicago until 1980, when she moved to South Carolina. She painted landscapes, portraits, and horses until 1984, when Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint the famed thirteenth hole, which began her career as a golf landscape artist. Her work has since gained international fame. The only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to do the annual, official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships, she has painted golf courses from Scotland to China. Her paintings are in the collections of the Augusta National, Pine Valley, and Laurel Valley golf clubs and in many private collections, including those of Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.
Eugene Thomason, Duke versus UNC Football, 1965. Oil on
Masonite. The Johnson Collection.
From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason
OCTOBER 11, 2014–JANUARY 3, 2015
The exhibition From New York to Nebo is drawn largely from the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, South Carolina, which holds the largest single body of Thomason’s paintings. It is supplemented by major works on loan from the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina; the Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama; and the Morris Museum of Art. In addition to his series featuring a fictional mountain clan that Thomason dubbed the Hankinses, the exhibition features a selection of portraits, along with landscapes and scenes of recreation and agriculture.
Nathan Bindler, The Fun King, undated. Cherry wood. Morris
Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Alperin.
Sculpture by Nathan Bindler
SEPTEMBER 16–DECEMBER 7, 2014
Drawn from the collections of the artist’s son and daughter, local collections, and the Morris’s permanent collection, this exhibition features more than fifteen carved wood sculptures by Nathan Bindler, for many years a mainstay of Augusta’s cultural community. An accomplished musician and visual artist, he was the first chair violist in the Augusta Symphony for many years and taught art at Augusta College from the time of his arrival in Augusta in 1968 until his retirement in 1980. After his retirement, he remained on campus, working in a studio as the college’s artist-in-residence, a bracing presence who stayed actively engaged with students and the life of the college.
Edwin Forbes, Defending a Battery—Confederate Cavalry Charge,
circa 1863. Pen and ink on paper. Morris Museum of Art,
An Artist’s Story:
Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes
NOVEMBER 8, 2014–FEBRUARY 15, 2015
This exhibition, opening in conjunction with the fourth Augusta and the Civil War symposium, features the work of a leading nineteenth-century-American landscape painter and etcher, Edwin Forbes, who first came to public attention as a very young artist for his dramatic and detailed Civil War sketches. He earned renown for the vividness and blunt truthfulness of his imagery.
Eliot Dudik, Battle of Antietam, 2012. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.
Broken Land: Photographs by Eliot Dudik
OCTOBER 29–DECEMBER 7, 2014 in the MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART EDUCATION GALLERY
Photographer Eliot Dudik explores the connection between culture, landscape, memory, and politics. For his current project, Broken Land, Dudik revisited Civil War battlefields and sites, documenting the current landscape using large-format cameras. The resulting highly detailed color images are a visual contradiction; the serenity and passiveness of the modern-day scenes contradict the land’s history of sorrow and death. Dudik will present a talk during Art at Lunch on Friday, November 21, at noon, and lead an artist’s workshop on cyanotypes and hand bookbinding on Saturday, November 22. Details and costs are listed in our website calendar.