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Knoxville Museum of Art Offers New Collection

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Walter Stevens (American, 1927-1980), Untitled, 1957, watercolor on paper, 20 7/8 x 29 inches, gift of the Carl Sublett family, 2010

KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Museum of Art is offering a new collection from January 27 to April 15. Liquid Light: Watercolors is a selection of more than 50 works includes landscape images by watercolor masters from East Tennessee.

Thomas Campbell, Charles Krutch, George Galloway, Betsy Worden, and Hubert Shuptrine describe specific locations in detail.  Others, like Richard Clarke, and Walter Stevens, use landscape as a point of departure into abstraction.  Alongside works by these local masters are those by internationally known artists Red Grooms, Thornton Dial Sr., and Charles Burchfield, each known for highly expressive scenes rendered in bold contours.

Liquid Light also represents a variety of technical approaches to watercolor.  Janet Fish, Alice Baber, and Whitney Leland exploit the medium's inherent qualities in images made up of transparent pools of color.  Jered Sprecher and Lee Walton build regimented compositions featuring hard-edged imagery and uniform color application. Red Grooms and Carl Sublett manipulate their paper support in order to introduce sculptural qualities to the painted surface. 

Many of the works featured in Liquid Light were acquired recently through gift or purchase and have not been previously exhibited. 

Published January 11, 2012

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