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Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting

Reinventing Narrative Painting features 30 paintings from Manning Williams’s prolific career, which spanned more than 40 years. The exhibition will be on display at the Gibbes Museum of Art from January 22 – April 18. Williams’s paintings are rooted in the history, traditions, and terrain of the South Carolina Lowcountry. His highly personal approach to realist painting emphasized storytelling and was fueled by an interest in portraying subjects that he found on the periphery of the city and along the barrier islands. Western subjects also commanded Williams’s attention, and during the later years of his career, his concern with narrative was expressed in a more abstract style.