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Tuning Up: Jasper Johns at CMA + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


Jasper Johns gifts on display: The Columbia Museum of Art announced the  exhibition Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA, a varied collection of 35 prints gifted to the CMA by Jasper Johns himself and shown in its entirety for the first time, on view beginning Friday, Nov. 16 through Feb. 24, 2019. With several prints by Johns as well as the work of such postwar heavyweights as Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, plus archival materials documenting Johns’ time living and establishing his artistic identity in Columbia, this unique exhibition provides insight into the mind of South Carolina’s most famous artistic son. “Artists, critics, and collectors the world over know the name Jasper Johns, but few know that his career began in Columbia where he studied at USC,” says Chief Curator Will South, who organized the exhibition. “And though he became an international art star, he did not forget South Carolina. This is a show documenting the importance of contemporary art to the collection and celebrating the importance of the museum’s patrons like Jasper Johns.” Read more from CMA here. A sculpture of Johns' is included in the State Art Collection, which is maintained and managed by the SCAC Visual Arts Department. "Curious Case" Q&A with Hammes: The SCAC's current prose fellow recently published his first novel, and F. Rutledge Hammes chatted about it with the Post & Courier.  And speaking of fellows...

Evergreen (for now): Time is running out!

  • Applications for $5,000 individual artist fellowships are due Thursday, Nov. 8. Unrestricted awards will honor achievement in visual arts, craft, music composition, and music performance. Don't miss out!
  • Nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts (right) are also due Thursday, Nov. 8. All it takes to start the process of awarding an artist, arts organization, business or foundation, government entity, individual, or arts educator/institution one of these prestigious awards for significant contributions to the arts in South Carolina is one letter. Don't wait. Find out more now! (Noms for the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards are due at the same time. Here's info on those.)

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Halsey Institute celebrates 30th anniversary with exhibition of two native sons

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston celebrates its 30th anniversary with The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns. The exhibition features new work by Shepard Fairey and a survey of prints made between 1982 and 2012 by Jasper Johns at Universal Limited Art Editions. The exhibition is a visual arts offering of Piccolo Spoleto and runs May 22 - July 12.

Both Fairey and Johns recycle graphic elements in the works they produce, and in each case these repeated fragments gain new meaning through fresh juxtapositions and associations. Each artist will occupy a separate gallery space, and no attempt is made at comparing their works. Rather, this exhibition demonstrates the power of this strategy of image repetition in the works of these two distinguished American artists, both of whom are South Carolina natives.

While the Halsey Institute is best known for showing the work of emerging and mid-career artists, director Mark Sloan says, "I want to highlight the accomplishments by two native sons as a way to demonstrate the fact that important contemporary art can originate anywhere." Both Fairey and Johns have had a long association with the Halsey Institute, and this exhibition brings these two celebrated artists together for the first time in their home state.

In addition, Fairey has created four outdoor public murals in locations around Charleston.

Read more about the exhibition and related events on The Halsey Institute's website.

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Via: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art