Spot: Southern Works on Paper

The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is pleased to present Spot: Southern Works on Paper, an exhibition of sixty-four works on paper related to the American South. This exceptional selection ranges from Joshua Shaw's pioneering 1820 view of Virginia's famed Natural Bridge to Charles Shannon's expressive Syncopation Number 1 (circa 1939) to William Dunlap's contemporary landscape, Waterside-- Iris Watch (2004). In both style and subject matter, the showcased works reveal evolving approaches and varied subjects, including topographical and romantic landscapes, figure studies, and genre and city scenes. The exhibition examines classical, realist, impressionist, modernist and post-modernist styles over the course of two centuries, as well as the distinctive mediums of pencil, watercolor, pastels, and gouache on paper.

Accompanying Spot: Southern Works on Paper is a comprehensive catalogue with an introdutory essay by Dr. Philip L. Brewer. A noted expert on drawings and co-author of Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings, Dr. Brewer offers keen insight into the works themselves and to their context in American history. "Through the drawings and watercolors of this collection, artists tell of the last two hundred years of Southern history in distinctly personal ways. Encounters with Native Americans and with the natural world, slavery, King Cotton, a war in which over six hundred thousand Americans died, the poverty of Reconstruction, the awakening of Henry Grady's New South, agrarianism, civil rights, regionalism, and the late arrival of modernism: all are touched on." Softbound; 148 pages. $25 postpaid. To order, please contact us.