WILLIAM EDMONDSON AND FRIENDS: BREAKING THE MOLD
September 27 2014 – January 4 2015
This fall, Cheekwood is honored to present William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold, an exhibition of works by renowned Nashville sculptor William Edmondson and the many sculptors and painters his life and art have inspired.
William Edmondson was a self-taught sculptor who made a lasting impression in the history of American art. The first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1937, Edmondson pushed the idea of self-taught to another level with a bold and sophisticated approach to making art from base material.
William Edmondson and Friends creates a dialogue between Edmondson and a range of artists, many of them from Tennessee, who have also broken the mold of their medium. Edmondson’s “friends” include Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial, Red Grooms, Olen Bryant, Puryear Mims, Alan LeQuire, Tom Rice, Meyer Wolfe and Greg Ridley.
William Edmondson and Friends invites visitors to meet the diverse community of artists who have carried forward Edmondson’s love for stone carving and interpreted it in often separate and distinct ways.