tête-à-tête: Folk Art and Fine Art from the Permanent Collection - June 18 through September 4, 2016
Every summer, AMSET takes great pride in featuring an exhibition curated from our vaults – giving us the opportunity to exhibit works from our permanent collection in the main galleries. AMSET has gained recognition for our significant and growing collection of regional folk art, which is highlighted along with fine art from our permanent collection in tête-à-tête: Folk Art and Fine Art from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition pairs both folk and fine art from the permanent collection that speak together in their subject matter, aesthetic nature or visual relationship. Art historians and museums take delight in assimilating art objects based on style, media, type, decade, etc. often highlighting the differences between objects, for example a collection of decorative arts (such as Georgian silver) and fine art (such as a painting). Although categories and definitions are certainly essential, it is often invigorating to present seemingly disparate objects together, visually creating a synergistic conversation amongst artists, styles, objects and media that are not always readily apparent.
In tête-à-tête: Folk Art and Fine Art from the Permanent Collection, a lively discourse is created by the visual conversation sparked when art and artists of seemingly bifurcated worlds collide. This fresh look at our permanent collection invites audiences to engage with the similarities, differences, concepts and intentions behind the creation of fine and folk art, as well as our art historical categorization of objects, shedding fresh light on the relationships formed by unlikely pairings created through the amalgamation of art worlds.
*A gallery talk will be given at the opening reception on Friday, June 24, by Karol Howard and George Morton*
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by Marcia and Seth Crone, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
TERESA BAKER: shape, line, what the eye is doing - June 18 through September 4, 2016
Born in Watford City, North Dakota, Teresa Baker is a relative newcomer to the Southeast Texas art scene, known for her minimal, formalist works of immense bravura achieved through a melding of original materials and non-objective, unencumbered vision. Baker received her BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University, New York in 2008, followed by her MFA from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, 2013. Prior to her academic studies, Baker was awarded a painting and drawing intensive at the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. The artist has exhibited widely on the west coast, and is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies.
This exhibition is Baker’s first museum feature in the Southeast Texas area, and presents fresh works by the artist highlighting her experimental and sophisticated use of textures, color and space in the artistic process. Often incorporating vinyl, felt and other fabrics with acrylic paint, Baker creates artworks that seem to dynamically propel off the wall in their strong visual form and texture. The artwork in this exhibition highlight Baker’s recent use of vinyl coated mesh as a means for further exploration of shape, lines and folds in her media – proffering limitless boundaries for artistic expression.
*A gallery talk will be given at the opening reception on Friday, June 24 by Teresa Baker*
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
The Only Way Round is Through
On view: August 25 through October 30, 2016
For more information on the exhibitions or reception, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.
Top Left: Luis Jimenez, Honky Tonk, 1981, lithograph, Museum purchase with funds from Museum Docents, PC 1989.03
Top Right: Artist Chuckie, John Lee Hooker, n.d., paint on cardboard, Gift of David Bates, PC 2014.04.38
Middle: Teresa Baker, Likeness (detail), 2016, flourescent vinyl on vinyl coated mesh, 56 x 54 x 6 1/2 inches, Courtesy of the artist, Photography by Sherri Miller
Above: Mark Nesmith, On Guard, 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, loan courtesy of the artist