Closing Reception for Carroll Cloar: In His Studio

by - September 01, 2013

A closing reception for Carroll Cloar: In His Studio will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5pm until 7:30pm.

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Carroll Cloar: In His Studio


Instant Installation by Caterina Tiazzoldi GSAPP Columbia University. Participating Students: Constantinou Christos, Gianpapa Eleni, Koutalianou Andriana Marie.



Christy Schuchardt Frank


(Description of Carroll Cloar: In His Studio)

I am half writer and half painter. If an artist is honest, he cannot really paint anything he does not feel deeply. "The Garden of Love," Carroll Cloar, unpublished manuscript

After traveling the world seeking inspiration, Carroll Cloar came to realize that he wanted to return and draw inspiration from the place he loved—the South. It was home.

The exhibition "In His Studio: Carroll Cloar" at Art Museum University of Memphis (AMUM) is from June 8 through September 7. AMUM will feature some of the artist's earliest work, his reconstructed studio, and materials from the University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections providing a glimpse into Cloar's working methods through his writings, photographs, drawings and sketches.

While a student at the Art Students League in New York, Cloar sent home for photographs of various relatives and began a series of lithographs based on the land and people of East Arkansas. These lithographs earned Cloar his earliest recognition as an artist—the Art Students League awarded him a McDowell Traveling Fellowship in 1940, and one lithograph was exhibited at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

"In His Studio: Carroll Cloar" will feature these early lithographs from 1930 to 1947 along with family photographs and stories in the artist's own words pulled from the Carroll and Pat Cloar Collection.

When Cloar returned to the South in 1953 and 1955, he was again drawn to his childhood memories and the landscape around Earle, Arkansas, but changed from somber lithographs to paintings in casein tempera with a more colorful palette. By 1956 his first one-man show opened in New York to critical acclaim.

Within 3 years he purchased an old frame house on South Greer in Memphis. Cloar redesigned the façade and interior, turning the front part of the house into his studio—the studio that will be reconstructed in AMUM for the exhibition "In His Studio: Carroll Cloar." He kept his studio utilitarian except for covering the walls with newspapers, a bullfight poster from his travels in Spain and his Army Air Corps jacket. He lived and worked in this house until his death.

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