Arts Tasting Menu

Hand-cut cultural delicacies from around the region.

This week, a Lexington-centric menu.

Appetizer

Kentucky Nude. Lexington Art League. Opening reception December 6, 5-9pm. Exhibition runs through January 5th, 2020.

The Art League’s The Nude exhibition has been a Lexington favorite for over thirty years. This year’s iteration, in keeping with the organization’s recent realignment of its mission, features work by more than fifty Kentucky artists. Curated by Lexington artists Don Ament and Helene Steene.

Entree

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Sarah Lewis. University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts/UK Art Museum, Gatton Student Center Worsham Theater. Friday, December 6th, 4-5pm.

UK’s excellent ongoing lecture series brings Sarah Lewis to town. Lewis explores issues of racial bias in photography and the visual arts and the role they play in how we discuss issues related to justice and bias. She is the author of the best-selling The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (2014).

Dessert

Amy Pleasant, Repose XIII, 2018, ink and gouache on paper, 22.5 x 30.25 inches

Amy Pleasant: Someone Before You. Institute 193, Lexington. Through December 20th.

Pleasant’s fragmented figures suggest both movement and stillness. The paintings in this small show utilize solid black against white backgrounds, and are non-idealized figures. The ceramic sculptures rest atop pedestals integral to the work. Another interesting show at one of the region’s smallest but most adventurous galleries.

 

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Art Shechet is Co-Publisher of UnderMain.