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July 17, 2021 Back To News

Renée Stout in The New York Times


Renée Stout is featured in “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” a recent exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, that was recently covered by the New York Times as a Critic’s Pick.

“[The exhibition] picks up names from the Nasher show, but with 120 artists, is twice the size. It sharpens the thematic focus from the American South to the African American South. And it makes explicit — tangible, audible — what the earlier show only alluded to: the intersection, in the Black South, of visual art and music.”

Stout’s work, “She Kept Her Conjuring Table Very Neat” is featured “along side sculptural icons like Thornton Dial’s fantastically improvisational “Foundation of the World (A Dream of My Mother).” And a choir of angels as imagined by artists as different as the self-taught Tennessee tombstone carver William Edmondson and the jazz-dazzled modernist painter Bob Thompson, a Slug’s habitué.”

The show is on view through September 6, 2021.

Read the full article by Holland Cotter here.

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