Chattanooga Gems III Opens August 25

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Contact: Katrina Craven

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 18, 2012) –On Aug. 25, the Hunter Museum of American Art opens “Chattanooga Gems III,” an exhibition showcasing works from personal art collections in the Chattanooga area. The exhibition, on display until Oct. 14, is also one of several celebratory events planned around the Hunter’s 60th anniversary.

“Collecting art is a rather personal act, motivated by an individual’s interests and passions, and often reflecting an individual journey,” said Nandini Makrandi, Hunter Museum Curator of Contemporary Art. “A museum collection expresses the journey of a nation, a culture, a community. It mirrors our values and changing perspectives. “Chattanooga Gems III” brings these two ideas together by showcasing some personal art collections that have been built over time in our area, and by celebrating the 60 years of Hunter Museum collection.”

The exhibition presents artwork spanning the early 20th century to today, and offers a chance to see some of the finest in American art that is being collected in the region. The Hunter curators visited 17 Chattanooga-area collections to choose the pieces in the exhibition.

“Collectors in the area are interested in everything from realist historical painting to photography, ceramics, sculpture and video by contemporary artists,” Makrandi said. “Elegant works by Reginald Marsh and Birge Harrison are highlighted alongside super-realist artist Richard Estes. At the other end of the spectrum are large abstractions by abstract expressionists and modernists, Kenneth Noland, Robert Motherwell and Richard Serra.”

The exhibition will also include prints by John Biggers and Robert Stackhouse, photography by Sandy Skoglund and William Christenberry, and sculpture by renowned artist Nam June Paik and Arman.

"Chattanooga Gems III" exemplifies the varied interests and concerns of collectors in the area, while illustrating and mirroring the diverse nature of American art.

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