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Sherrie Carris received her B.F.A. from the University of Texas, and her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa 1n 1972. Along with her husband Tom they have owned and operated Carris Pottery for over 30 years.Sherrie's floral pottery has been widely collected including a large carved porcelain planter in the TN governor's mansion. The State of TN bought one of her pieces to give to Patricia Neal. Artist in Residence Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

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New Exhibition at the Brooks Highlights Pop Art

The Pop Environment, on view until July 13, 2008.

Andy Warhol
American, 1928-1987

Electric Chair, 1971
Portfolio of ten silk screens10 each measuring
35 1/8” x 47 7/8” (89.2 cm x 121.4 cm)
Signed: verso

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has an exhibition, The Pop Environment, which will remind many of us of exhibitions and films we saw in the 60's. Chief Curator Marina Pacini and Professor David McCarthy of Rhodes College were curators of the exhibition The Pop Environment which is on view until July 13,2008. The exhibition has "diverse works, ranging from paintings and photographs to mixed media installations, which can all be linked to the Pop emphasis on looking beyond the confines of one's studio for inspiration and guidance. Artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Allan D'Arcangelo, Jim Dine, and Tom Wesselmann took their inspiration from comic books, advertisements, newspaper headlines, film stills, and popular magazines." They used mass media images to blur or destroy the distinction between high and low culture. You can see a picture of Roy Lichtenstein's Moonscape and pictures from other exhibitions currently running at the Brooks on their page on Art Museum Touring.com. There is also a major Warhol retrospective starting June 14, 2008.

Marisol is one of the outstanding Pop sculptors. The work shown is mixed media: wood, plastic, neon, glass. The artist used figures, usually in family groups like this one.

Left:
Marisol
American (b. Paris), b. 1930
The Family, 1969
Mixed media: wood, plastic, neon, glass

I remember seeing a picture of a sculpture the First Family ( the Kennedy First Family) in the 60's.

"March 5, 6-9 pm 1st Wednesday: Popped Art! At 6:30 pm there is gallery tour of Pop Enviornment by MCA art history professor Adrian Duran. At 7:00 pm there is a film: Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up: a hip fashion photographer in 1960s London accidentally shoots a murder. Starring Vanessa Redgrave (111 mins). Groove to the tunes of the Lynn Drury Band. Free for members, $6 for not-yet members."

This event is a steal! What is to not love: art, a neat film, a band and you can buy drink and snacks or a meal without have to drive all over town. I attended a number of Pop Art exhibitions in the 60's and 70's and a Warhol retrospective in the 80's and each time, the art was always more interesting and so much different in person. The Warhol pieces have so much texture and are more painterly than expected, even the silkscreens. We saw Blow Up at an art theater in Dallas. It was a great film that I have not seen in a theater setting in years. Hope you have a chance to see Blow Up.

Take the opportunity to go and see this exhibition.

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Sherrie Carris
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