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Asheville Arts Museum Presents Looking Back: Celebrating 60 Years of Collecting

The Asheville Arts Museum is showing Looking Back: Celebrating 60 Years of Collecting at the Asheville Art Museum.

As part of the Asheville Art Museum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the Museum is presenting this installation of works drawn from the permanent collection. The exhibition examines various ways to look at art and different relationships between art, artist and observer. The exhibition is divided into four sections. Four members of the Museum staff, with suggestions from other staff, developed these four themes. Lynne Poirier-Wilson curated Alone and Together, Nancy Sokolove Geometric and Organic, Frank Thomson Seen and Unseen and Cole Hendrix Urban and Rural.

Looking Back celebrates the Asheville Art Museum’s collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and highlights some of the Museum’s holdings in Southeastern and Western North Carolina artists. It also celebrates the generosity of collectors and community supporters who have helped to develop the permanent collection over the past 60 years. Included in this exhibition are recent works by Stephen Ellis, Maud Gatewood and Andres Serrano as well as old favorites such as works by Carlos Anderson, Leonard Baskin and Granny Donaldson.

This exhibition represents approximately 3% of the Museum’s holdings. The permanent collection of the Asheville Art Museum is a rich resource for residents of and visitors to Western North Carolina. The collection has experienced dramatic growth over the past 12 years and continues to expand today.

This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.

Image: Maud Gatewood, Tunnel In Snow, 1974, acrylic painting, 50 x 56 inches. Bequest of the artist. Asheville Art Museum Collection

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