By Ernest Disney-Britton
|In September, Bill Viola unveiled the second installation at St Paul’s Cathedral London. Viola said: “Mary is a universal female figure present in nearly all spiritual and religious traditions.|
Back home, we were surprised when Indianapolis-based artist Philip Campbell won the Alpha Omega Prize for Artist of the Year with his "Rising From The Fire." We acquired new pieces by Anila Quayyum Agha, Scott Brooks, David Hayward, Philip Campbell, along with a 1961 print by Salvador Dali. We missed the grand opening of Kentucky's Ark Encounter, but we did travel to Washington, DC to see the National Gallery of Arts new acquisition of "Last Judgment" by Aaron Douglas; and to Chicago to see "American Gothic" by Grant Wood; and to Memphis, TN to see "Rock Stars" by Hassan Hajjaj.
Across the pond, Bill Viola completed his "Mary and the Martyrs" video installation in Saint Paul's Cathedral in London. The wonders of Buddhist art filled the American south including Georgia and Tennessee, and Martin Wittfooth's Hindu-inspired "Incantation" became the face of a controversial new traveling exhibition, "Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose." And as we wrapped up 2016, Islam's Holy Qur'an came to Washington, DC at the same time as Donald Trump, and they both dominated the fall art news cycle. Yet if 2016 was a year of wonder and surprise, we are looking to more next year with the continuation of the Hi-Fructose tour and the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible in November. Happy New Year!
|January - December 2016: Devan Shimoyama (LA to Miami)|
|February 2016: Lion-Avatar God|
|March 2016: Heronymous Bosch at home in the Netherlands|
|April 2016: Tibetan Shrine at Emory University in Atlanta|
|May 2016: Hassan Hajjaj's "Rock Stars" in Memphis, TN|
|June 2016: Aaron Douglas' "Last Judgement" finds home at National Gallery of Art|
|July 2016: Grant Wood in "America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s"|
|August 2016: Sigalit Landau's obsession with the Dead Sea|
|September 2016: Bill Viola's "Mary" at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK|
|October 2016: Caravaggio and his followers|
|November 2016: Lucas Cranach's artwork for Martin Luther's reformation|
|December 2016: Islam's holybook at Smithsonian in Washington, DC|