Columnist: Blue Greenberg

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

Birds and animals, in many media and forms

Dogs, cats, sheep, cows and most other domestic animals, as friend and subjects of humans, are the theme of an art exhibition at Frank Gallery. Birds, much more independent of us than the four-footed animals, are the overriding subject at Craven Allen.

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

Bold statements at DAG and Golden Belt

Art as fantasy and reality as art. At the Durham Art Guild, the offerings are anything but serene landscapes or classical portraits; they are intuitive, fanciful, innovative objects by artists who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. At the Guild’s Room 100 Gallery in Golden Belt, Cat Manolis is having her say about guns. Neither of these exhibitions are the same-old, same-old, so be sure to see them before the end of the month.

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 02:33 PM

At the Nasher, the power of the image

There is no question that mechanical reproduction, which was invented in 1839, set in motion a revolution in image making which continues to this day. Yesterday it was the moving picture, today it is television and the telephone and who knows what there will be tomorrow. What we do know is that each generation of images becomes an extraordinary influence on our culture.

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

CAM show features hand-developed to digital images

Two photographs, “Massive Failure” by Carolyn Janssen (b. 1981) and “Center of the Confederate Line View towards the Union line from the position of Maj. General John Bell Hood’s division.

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

At the Nasher, a term paper in images

“African American Close-Up:  Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper from North Carolina Collections,” online, through Nov. 30.  (Nasher Museum of Art website is Click on “Exhibitions” for the link to this exhibit.)   

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Dual exhibit a win all around

Klint Ericson and Erin Corrales-Diaz, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD art history candidates, have organized two exhibitions based on paintings, prints, sculpture and photographs from the permanent collections of the Ackland and several borrowed paintings from the N.C. Museum of Art. It is a win-win for the university, its museum, the art history department and the collaboration between the two museums. These students have been given the opportunity to put their skills to work in real situations.

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 12:38 AM

A return to art, and a new beginning

Fiber artist Alice Levinson is showing at Horace Williams House and the third theme show for the very new Pleiades Gallery will feature dance, celebrating the American Dance Festival.

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 08:33 AM

Greenberg: ‘Art of the moment’ at CAM gallery

Against a background of photographs by nationally acclaimed artist Melanie Schiff, CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) is celebrating its first two years of operation in its renovated wholesale grocery building in downtown Raleigh.  The photographs cover a four-year period when the artist was traveling between Los Angeles and Chicago; they are about the places she saw, the suggestion of past presences and how light plays its magic on those sights.

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 02:55 PM

Recycled into art

This week recycle is the name of the game. At the Frank Gallery couture is created with bottle caps, plastic food bags, twist ties and film strips; at the Ackland Museum Store, Victorian fantasies have been recycled by some of today’s artists who are part of the Steam Punk genre.    Both shows are about flights of creative visions.

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

Judge dismisses Cline’s appeal

A judge dismissed Tracey Cline’s appeal of a previous dismissal of a suit she filed against Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson to obtain some of his emails.

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

Blue Greenberg: Mutu's woman both gorgeous and monstrous

Wangechi Mutu’s (b. 1972) heroine is the primordial goddess, half woman, half beast.  She is inextricably bound to nature; she is part of but is master of the animals.  She is one with the fruits and flowers of the fields and she is a meld of seductress, Amazon, vampire and redeemer.   Throughout time woman has been demonized, objectified and idolized; just look at Greek mythology, the Bible or Hollywood and contemporary fashion.  Mutu merges all those influences with her African culture and presents a woman who is beautiful, erotic, mysterious and powerful.

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

Artists add another dimension to their work

Traditionally time is not an element of the visual arts. The artists make the object and it is there exactly as it was created as long as it survives. Time, however, is basic to music and dance.  As the composition is played or the dance is performed, the first bar disappears into the second and third so that this form of art can only be understood in sequence, never all at once

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Sculptures, paintings at Craven Allen, Horace Williams House

“Tom Kregel:  A Life’s Work in Three Dimensions”; “Chad Hughes:  Light Play,” Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 ½ Broad St., Durham, through March 30. For gallery hours, call 919-286-4837.

“Jenny Blazing:  The Truck Series,” Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St.,  Chapel Hill, through March 24. For information, call 919-942-7818.

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

Greenberg: Exhibit reflects 'new broom' at Art Guild

“Transitions:  movement, passage, change,”  Durham Art Guild, 120 Morris St., Durham Arts Council building, through March 22. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. to – 9 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 919-560-2713 or visit

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:24 PM

Blue Greenberg: Science, art collide at CAM

Science is the core of most disciplines; sometimes, like in religion, it can seem at odds and at other times, as with art, it can enter into a comfortable merger. Currently science and art are partners at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and the results are some traditional and very non-traditional objects.