The Best of ZieherSmith + Pics from the Opening

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.



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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.



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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

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Shannon Clark, Shie Clark, Shepherd Alligood, Ann Catherine Carter


Patrick DeGuira, Richard Feaster, Lain York

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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.

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