The Kimbell Art Museum today announced three upcoming events in “The Artist’s Eye” series: artist Anthony Sonnenberg on October 22, followed by artist Jammie Holmes on November 12 and photographer Allison V. Smith on February 18, 2023. “The Artist's Eye” is held at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays and features stimulating conversations about art, creativity and connection. Practicing professionals discuss works in the Kimbell’s permanent collection, sharing their special insights and relating the museum’s older art or architecture to contemporary artistic concerns.
October 22, 2022
Anthony Sonnenberg, artist, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Moderated by Jennifer Casler Price, Curator of Asian, African, and Ancient American Art
Anthony Sonnenberg’s elaborate hand-built ceramic sculptures echo the decadent elaborations of Baroque and Rococo embellishment. With his reference to still-life imagery, art-historical tropes and mythological narratives, Sonnenberg uses casting and experimental glaze treatments to create decorative forms meant to elevate and excite. Upon closer inspection, the viewer can vaguely identify familiar modern tchotchkes built into the structures, covered in platinum lusters and thick glazes that appear to be melting, revealing the duality underneath.
Anthony Sonnenberg earned a BA with an emphasis in Italian and Art History (2009) and an MFA in Sculpture (2012) from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has held residencies at Cal State University, Long Beach (2018), the Ox-Bow School, Saugatuck, Michigan (2017), Lawndale Artist Studio Program in Houston (2016) and the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington (2012). Recent exhibitions include I'm Gonna Dance the Way I Feel, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami (2021) and State of the Art II, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2020), the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2019), the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (2018), and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (2018).
November 12, 2022
Jammie Holmes, artist, Dallas
Moderated by Nancy Edwards, Curator of European Art and Head of Academic Services
Dallas-based artist Jammie Holmes is a self-taught painter from Thibodaux, Louisiana, known for paintings that depict the stories and experiences of Black life in the deep American South, capturing moments of celebration and struggle. Working intuitively and drawing upon poignant memories of family and community, his expressive tableaux incorporate portraiture, symbols, text and objects to create personal narratives that convey a profound sense of place and feeling.
Solo exhibitions of Holmes’s work were recently presented at Marianne Boesky, New York (2022); Gana Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (2022); and Library Street Collective, Detroit (2021). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; New Orleans Museum of Art; Perez Museum of Art, Miami; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; and X Museum, Beijing, China, among others.
February 18, 2023
Allison V. Smith, photographer, Dallas
Moderated by George Shackelford, Deputy Director
Allison V. Smith is a freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas, who navigates clients in the commercial, editorial and fine art markets, as well as accepting private commissions. Smith’s long-term projects include exploring the landscape and personality of Texas. She often chooses subjects that typify the clichéd image of the Texas territory—a tumbleweed, an automobile, a lone and deserted building. A keen, masterful sense of composition, an ability to seize the perfect effect of light and a refined appreciation of color combine to give her images of these motifs a distinctive vision. Her photographs have been acquired by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In addition to her work as an artist, she recently served as a photo editor for A Girl Named Carrie, The Visionary Who Created Neiman Marcus and Set the Standard for Fashion, written by her mother, Jerrie Marcus Smith.