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Tampa exhibit examines narrative role of visual art July 25, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Museums.

The adventures of mythic heroes and heroines, naturalistically painted on ancient Greek vases, are among the earliest uses in the Western world of a literary tradition transposed into visual art at the Tampa exhibit examines narrative role of visual art

Sculpture, painting, photography and, most recently, some installation and conceptual art have their origins in this Greek insistence on mimesis (imitation) as the highest virtue of artistic creation.

The 56 works featured in “What Does This Mean? The Narrative Tradition” at the Tampa Museum of Art is an opportunity to engage this issue of the relationship between art and literature.

The thematic premise of the narrative tradition in art is presented with outstanding examples, including a Greek black-figure lekythos (an oil flask) of circa 540 B.C.; a wonderful Alexander Calder watercolor-and-ink piece, “Untitled (Circus Performers)” of the 1930s; and a Kenny Scharf two-color, psychedelic line etching and aquatint print on paper titled “Galaxiverse” (1998).

Interested? > What Does This Mean? The Narrative Tradition

On display through Oct. 1 at the Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students and free for children under 6. (Free admission for all from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.) Call (813) 274-8130 or access www.tampamuseum.com.

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