FORT WORTH, TX—The Kimbell Art Museum today announced three upcoming events in “The Artist’s Eye” ongoing series: artist Anthony Sonnenberg on October 22, followed by artist Jammie Holmes on November 12 and photographer Allison V. Smith on February 18, 2023. Inaugurated in the fall of 1982 and now in its 40th season, The Artist’s Eye is held at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays and features stimulating conversations about art, creativity, and connection. Practicing professionals discuss works in the Kimbell’s permanent collection, sharing their special insights and relating the museum’s older art or architecture to contemporary artistic concerns.

October 22, 2022

Anthony Sonnenberg, artist, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Moderated by Jennifer Casler Price, Curator of Asian, African, and Ancient American Art

Anthony Sonnenberg’s elaborate hand-built ceramic sculptures echo the decadent elaborations of Baroque and Rococo embellishment. With his reference to still-life imagery, art-historical tropes and mythological narratives, Sonnenberg uses casting and experimental glaze treatments to create decorative forms meant to elevate and excite. Upon closer inspection, the viewer can vaguely identify familiar modern tchotchkes built into the structures, covered in platinum lusters and thick glazes that appear to be melting, revealing the duality underneath.

Anthony Sonnenberg earned a BA with an emphasis in Italian and Art History (2009) and an MFA in Sculpture (2012) from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has held residencies at Cal State University, Long Beach (2018), the Ox-Bow School, Saugatuck, Michigan (2017), Lawndale Artist Studio Program in Houston (2016) and the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington (2012). Recent exhibitions include I’m Gonna Dance the Way I Feel, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami (2021) and State of the Art II, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2020), the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX (2019), the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (2018), and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (2018).

November 12, 2022
Jammie Holmes, artist, Dallas
Moderated by Nancy Edwards, Curator of European Art and Head of Academic Services

Dallas-based artist Jammie Holmes is a self-taught painter from Thibodaux, Louisiana, known for paintings that depict the stories and experiences of Black life in the deep American South, capturing moments of celebration and struggle. Working intuitively and drawing upon poignant memories of family and community, his expressive tableaux incorporate portraiture, symbols, text and objects to create personal narratives that convey a profound sense of place and feeling.

Solo exhibitions of Holmes’s work were recently presented at Marianne Boesky, New York (2022); Gana Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (2022); and Library Street Collective, Detroit (2021). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; New Orleans Museum of Art; Perez Museum of Art, Miami; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; and X Museum, Beijing, China, among others.

February 18, 2023
Allison V. Smith, photographer, Dallas
Moderated by George Shackelford, Deputy Director

Allison V. Smith is a freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas, who navigates clients in the commercial, editorial and fine art markets, as well as accepting private commissions. Smith’s long-term projects include exploring the landscape and personality of Texas. She often chooses subjects that typify the clichéd image of the Texas territory—a tumbleweed, an automobile, a lone and deserted building. A keen, masterful sense of composition, an ability to seize the perfect effect of light, and a refined appreciation of color combine to give her images of these motifs a distinctive vision.

Smith’s photographs have been acquired by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In addition to her work as an artist, she recently served as a photo editor for A Girl Named Carrie, The Visionary Who Created Neiman Marcus and Set the Standard for Fashion, written by her mother, Jerrie Marcus Smith.

ABOUT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Vigée Le Brun, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.

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