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Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend
February 4 - April 19, 2015
The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is hosting Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend from February 4 through April 19, 2015. The exhibition is in honor of its Level IV Arboretum status. Rooted with an exhibition in Cheekwood's Museum of Art, featuring works by noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, the celebration ties together Tennessee's Arbor Day, National Arbor Day, and Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, or "the New Year for Trees" with a wide variety of education and public programs guaranteed to delight tree lovers of all ages. (right: Charles Brindley, Ancient Red Oak on Edge of an Agricultural Landscape, on canvas, 30x40 inches, 2008, collection of Nazanin and Jamshid Khnoshnoodi)
With approximately 70 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend is a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. Brindley's highly representational drawings and paintings mesmerize viewers with their level of detail and multi-layered composition, capturing both the ageless beauty and fragility of nature.
"Brindley's highly representational drawings and paintings mesmerize viewers with their multi-layered abstract elements, capturing both the ageless beauty and fragility of nature," said Jochen Wierich, Curator for Cheekwood's Museum of Art. "We are thrilled to unveil his recent drawing of our venerable chinquapin oak tree at the end of the Swan Lawn that was created specifically for this exhibit."
"We couldn't have chosen a better artist to help us celebrate trees," said Jane MacLeod, President & CEO of Cheekwood. "We are honored to welcome Charles Brindley back to Cheekwood, and encourage our members and guests to find inspiration in his masterful depiction of nature and in the trees that make Cheekwood the spectacular arboretum it is today."
Brindley held his first exhibition at Cheekwood in 1982
and exhibited as part of the Temporary/Contemporary series in 1996. In addition
to the drawings of Cheekwood's historic Swan Lawn Oak Tree, Brindley will
exhibit other new work and many tree-related drawings and paintings from
the past three decades, including his studies of trees at Glen Leven, the
staircase at the Tennessee Governor's Residence and the Wisteria Arbor at
Cheekwood. This will be the first time all the drawings of Cheekwood's mansion
that Brindley made between 1999 and 2000 will be exhibited together in one
room. Last year, Charles Brindley exhibited works at Glen Leven and will
also exhibit works in 2015 at Belmont University.
A Celebration of Trees Activities and Events:
(above: Charles Brindley, Beech Tree in Summer - Spirit of the Greenwood, on canvas, 40x48 inches, 2007, collection of Gayley and Bob Patterson)
(above: Charles Brindley, The Angel Oak, on canvas, 36x60 inches, 2010-11, collection of Heidi and John Hassenfeld)
(above: Charles Brindley, Old Beech Tree at the Edge of an Old Forest, on linen, 18x24 inches, 2012)
To view introductory wall panel text, please click here.
To view other wall panel texts, please click here.
To view the catalogue for the exhibition including checklist and essays by Jochen Wierich, Ph.D., Chief Curator at Cheekwood, and Robert McGrath, Professor of Art History, Emeritus, at Dartmouth College, please click here.
To view extended labels for the exhibition please click here.
Resource Library editor's notes:
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The above article with .pdf attachments was published on March 9, 2015 in Resource Library with permission of Cheekwood, granted to TFAO on March 9, 2015. Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Claire Corby of Cheekwood for her help concerning permission to publish the wall panel, catalogue and object label images.
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