Anyone that keeps up with my Instagram stories already got a peak at some of the highlights from my trip to the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville. The two exhibitions that stole the show were “The Presence of Your Absence is Everywhere” by Iranian artist Afruz Amighi and “Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century.” Both exhibitions were beautifully done and I ended up spending most of the day caught up in all of the exquisite details.
Tucked away at the back of the galleries hosting the “Chaos and Awe” exhibition was the Afruz Amighi exhibit. Her work utilizes shadows and narrative to create an immersive experience for the viewer, with the placement and lighting reminiscent of an altar or other sacred space. The shadows almost become more important than the metalwork itself and the richness in the layering gives a kind of peculiar intensity to the installation.
Next was the “Chaos and Awe” exhibition which had the work of several artists that I’ve never gotten the opportunity to see in person. The over-arching theme was the often sublime collision of the digital space with reality, memory and emotion. It also showcased the variety of surfaces, textures and ways to use paint as a media. The work in the show was quite diverse and it was a pleasant surprise to stumble across Matthew Ritchie, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu and many more contemporary painters all in one place. Below are some of my favorite moments. You can find the artists name and work info located in the image descriptions.