Saturday's ZieherSmith popup gallery
opening was filled with delicious dumplings, Brooklyn Lager and plenty of art talk. Like last year's installment
, the exhibit showcases a broad mix of work with a loose curatorial focus. I'm glad they toned down the out-of-towner vibe that unnecessarily alienated a lot of last year's audience — I saw no mention of "Brooklyn" on anything other than the beer, and nobody's going to complain about that.
I think collectors will find a lot to choose from here, and gallerists can take a few cues from the exhibition space — aside from the odd white-washed walls (were they left halfway-painted on purpose? I couldn't tell.) the room was arranged perfectly for this type of exhibit. Even the little rooms in the back that were overloaded with paintings seemed orderly.
Below, I've compiled a list of my top five favorite pieces from the show. Do you enjoy thinking about art and having opinions? Let me know if you agree/disagree/have a serious problem with qualifying art in list-form.
Even better, stop by the gallery tonight. They're hosting a panel discussion in conjunction with the Arts & Business Council about discovering, collecting and learning about art online and in unconventional spaces around Nashville. It starts at 5:15 p.m., and the popup is in the ICON building, right in between Casablanca Coffee and Urban Flats, in the Gulch.
1. It's no surprise that this piece by Allison Schulnik was my favorite. Admittedly, I do favor her work overall, and there's a chance that I wouldn't have been quite so crazy about this piece if I weren't already familiar with her catalog. But with that color scheme and bold sculptural paint-job, it was a shoo-in for the top spot.
2. "July 7, 2009," by Daniel Gordon, did the whole vaginal shell thing in a way that wasn't totally corny — a rare feat! It was a surprise favorite.
3. A painting by Harmony Korine. I had a conversation with a collector about this piece — we agreed that now is the best time to buy a Korine painting. After Spring Breakers hits, it's extremely likely that his work will get a lot pricier.
4. This piece by Nashville-based artist Caroline Allison was the only example of photography in the exhibit, and I loved its man-on-steed grandeur.
5. Paul Housley
's "Snoopwoody" was beautiful but seriously expensive. It was a leftover from Housley's solo exhibit at Ziehersmith, Mudpusher Blues
, earlier this year.
Kurt Wagner and Lain York
Shannon Clark, Shie Clark, Shepherd Alligood, Ann Catherine Carter
Patrick DeGuira, Richard Feaster, Lain York
That's "Maya Angelou Stack," by Erik Yahnker, in the background.
Close-ups were taken by me on my little iPhone camera. Shots of people were taken by the Scene staff photog Eric England.