Greenberg fall preview: This season, Rauschenberg, Miro and Rembrandt

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 12:59 PM

The fall season is the busiest time of the year; school begins, the leaves turn and art in all its forms competes for our attention. This year is no exception. The next months will see art exhibitions of the giants from the golden age Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th century to those of the 20th. And while modern painting was moving off the walls and out of the frame, a mechanical object called the camera was changing everything we thought we knew about the visible world and we’ll see what that looks like.

“Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries,” is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on small-format 17th-century Dutch and Flemish figure paintings. Drawn primarily from public and private collections in the United States, it is a show the N.C. Museum of Art labels “small miracles in paint.” 
At the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University there will be 34 original works by American Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) and overlapping that will be an exhibition of paintings by Spaniard Joan Miro (1893-1983) from the last 20 years of his life.  Rauschenberg pre-dated pop art and was partially responsible for what became its vocabulary. Miro spanned surrealism and abstract expressionism; he was a student of one and an important influence on the other.  
Shadowing 19th and 20th century art and taking on its own identity in the 21st is photography which will be explored at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill.  The museum holds the leading collection of photography in North Carolina with approximately 2,000 images representing the entire history of the art form. In the last 10 years the Ackland has acquired nearly 500 photographs and 150 of them will be in the exhibition. 
The galleries and alternate spaces continue to show current work by local and international artists. The Triangle is not the boondocks; it is an art destination.

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
“Line, Touch, Trace,” Aug. 30, 2014–Mar. 8, 2015
“Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection,” Sept. 13 –Mar. 22, 2015
“Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries,” Oct. 11–Jan. 4, 2015

Nasher Museum at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham
“Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting,” Aug. 28 – Jan. 11, 2015
“Miro:  The Experience of Seeing,” Sept. 14 – Feb. 22, 2015

North Carolina Central University Art Museum, 1801 Fayetteville St. (accessible from Lawson Street, across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building), Durham

‘Isabel Chicquor Tribute Exhibition,” Sept.6—October 25
“75th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition,” (Joint celebration of NCCU’s Art Department and Art Museum.), Nov. 2—Dec. 12.

Ackland Art Museum, South Columbia Street just south of the Franklin Street intersection, Chapel Hill
“PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting,” Sept.19-Jan. 4, 2015


Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Duke University, Durham.

“Hard Art, DC 1979:  Photographer Lucian Perkins' iconic images of the underground punk scene in Washington, D.C., ca. 1979,”  through Oct. 11.
“City Under One Roof: photographer/writer Jen Kinney's 2013 Lange-Taylor Prizewinning project on Whittier, Alaska,” Oct. 27–Jan. 24, 2015.

Durham Art Guild, 120 Morris St., Durham Arts Council building

“60th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Aug. 28 – Sept. 27.
“Pixel and Grain:  Regional Photography Exhibition,” Oct. 2-Nov. 1

Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham

“Debra Wuliger: Coffee Talk,” Ella Fountain Pratt Gallery, July 14 – Dec. 27.
“Judy Keene: Resonant Abstraction,” In the Pre-Function Corridor of the Durham Convention Center, through Oct. 12.
“Fiber Architecture: Buildings in Stiches by Susan Lenz,” (Allenton Gallery),
“Mayan Rites by Robert Studzinski,” (Semans Gallery), Sept. 12 – Nov. 1.
“When Particles Collide by Ron Fondaw,” (Durham Convention Center),
Oct. 15 – April 15, 2015
“Robert Dunning: Mixed Media Prints,” (Allenton Gallery)
“Industrial Landscape by Margaret Noel,” (Semans Gallery), Nov. 7 – Dec. 27.

Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill

“John Beerman:  Painting,” Sept. 7-Sept. 28.
“Celia Johnson:  Painting,” Oct. 5-Oct.26.
“Susan McLaurin:  Collage; Carol Owen:  Small Constructions,” Nov. 2-Nov. 26.

The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St., Durham
“Superfluous Fowl:  Anna Wallace,” Sept. 1- Sept. 14.
“Southern:  Queer identified artists finding home and family in the South,” Sept. 15-Sept. 29.
“Loaded Objects,” Oct. 13-Oct. 26.
“Peter Anderson and Maready Evergreen,” Oct. 27- Nov. 9.
“Ljamal Walton,” Nov. 10-Nov. 23.
“Nora Weatherby and Jim Adams,”  Dec. 1-Dec. 7.

Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 ½ Broad St., Durham

“Jim Lux:  Agreements: New Pit-fired Pottery; Elizabeth Matheson: Photographs of Cuba,” Sept. 20-Oct. 23rd
“Craven Allen Artists Holiday Show,” Nov. 22 – Jan. 3, 2015.

Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham
“re:Scale,”Aug. 26 – Oct. 4
“Turvy-Topsy,” Oct. 7 – Nov. 15
“Reflect,” Nov. 18 – Jan. 3.

Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham
“Bernard Herman: Selected Works,” through September 13, 2014
“Christer Berg: People With Purpose,” Sept. 19-Oct. 11.
“Frank Lee Craig;” “Wojtek Wojdynski: - Platinum/Palladium prints of Artists ;
“Pinhole Photography Exhibiton: Lensless photography from around the world,”
Oct. 18-Nov.  15.
“Members Exhibition,” Nov. 21-Dec. 27.

Frank, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
“Rubbish 2 Runway:  A Trashion show and exhibition featuring dresses made entirely of recycled materials,”  Sept. 9 – Oct 5.
Featured Artist: Alan Dehmer (photography)
“FRANK in Focus: Engaging Light,”  Oct. 7 – Nov 9.
“Local Clay: Pottery spotlight featuring FRANK ceramic artists”, Oct.7-Nov. 9.
Featured Artist: John Rosenthal (photography)
“Orange County Artists Guild Annual Studio Tour Exhibit,” Oct. 28-Nov. 9.
"Penland Area Glass Artists", Nov 11-Dec. 31.
Featured Artist: Bill McAllister (photography)
Featured Artist: Jim Oleson (woodworker)

Eno Gallery, 100 S. Churton St., Hillsborough
“The Windows View: an Invitational group exhibition,” Aug.29-Oct. 25.
“Mike Hoyt: Paintings,”  Oct.30-Nov. 23.
“Group Exhibition Gallery Artists,” Nov. 28-Dec. 31.

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough
“Alice Levinson, Pringle Teetor,” Aug 25 - Sept 21
“Discoveries: Lolette Guthrie, Mark Kinsella, Michele Yellin,” Sep 22 - Oct 26
“OCAG Preview Show:  Artists on Orange County Studio Tour”, Oct 27 - Nov 19.
“The Art of Giving:  Group Holiday Show,” Nov 10 - Jan 11, 2015

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