Thursday, June 2, 2016

"The Family" by Marisol at the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis

"The Family" (1969) by Marisol, American (1930-2016). Mixed media: Wood, plastic, neon, glass
TENNESSEE---The mission of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis is to enrich the lives of our diverse community "through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present." One of the many such works in the collection is "The Family" by Marisol Escobar, which is boxy and frontal, like upright sarcophagi, with carved pieces that are overlaid with figurative drawings and bright, patterned paint. The piece was commissioned for Brooks through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from the Memphis Arts Council, Brooks Fine Arts Foundation and Brooks Art Gallery League.