Artist Spotlight: WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY
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June 10 – August 1, 2015
1515 14th St NW
Washington DC 20005
Even though his Klu Klux Klan dolls are not shown in this exhibit, I must mention them. He used to keep them in a special room lit with red light. They resemble the Voodoo dolls of Haiti, New Orleans, and some other cultures. I remember they conveyed real menace. It was clear that the Klan signified danger, not only for the newly freed slaves of the South, but also for contemporary African American and white Southerners.
I am grateful to see these works again. I would like to join Hemphill Fine Arts in recommending William Christenberry, the Aperture monograph (2010).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Working in multiple media William Christenberry (American, born 1936) has built a body of work that speaks without nostalgia of the passage of time and how the past is embedded in our experience of the present. Best known earlier in his career for his elegiac photographs made largely in one small rural county in central Alabama, Christenberry is now equally well known for his sculpture, works on paper and abstract assemblages. The most recent of many publications covering his career are Working from Memory, published by Steidl, and Kodachromes, published by Aperture. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, among others. Upcoming museum exhibitions include Tracing a Line, a survey of works on paper at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL in September 2015. (Hemphill Fine Arts)