What’s Hot in Local Art
Although each year the New Orleans’ event calendar teems with endless ways to discover the art culture of the city, it can often be a daunting task to introduce a suitable piece into the domestic sphere. Let not your heart be troubled, for we have brought together pieces from the city’s most notable galleries perfect for the home that satisfy personal tastes across the artistic spectrum. From the avant-garde to the surreal, these various mediums of expression will add the character you’ve been searching for to your home.
Opening on October 4, “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” will be the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than 25 years. A beautiful book featuring the pieces from the exhibition and the history of Newcomb Pottery published by the esteemed Rizzoli publishing house will be available for purchase (with a 20 percent discount for gallery members) in conjunction with the show. Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University, 865-5328, NewcombArtGallery.tulane.edu
Master of surreal photomontage, Tim Hope pushes artistic boundaries while still adhering to principles of composition and structure to create pieces that exude an exquisite other-worldliness. His Continuum Series would be a romantic addition to a room in need of whimsy. Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St, 302-7942, MartineChaissonGallery.com
William Goodman is a notable mixed media artist whose body of work is characterized by the strong reactions it elicits. This undeniably engaging piece is part of a series of three framed abstracts, “Numbers 18, 19 and 20,” which incorporate elements of abstract painting, collage and photography to tell a truly unique story. Rivers Spencer Interiors, 4610 Magazine St., 609-2436, RiversSpencer.com
Opening on October 5 (6-9 p.m. during “Art for Arts Sake”) and showing throughout the month, artist David Lloyd uses his signature economy of brushstroke to capture the nuances of lighting as well as varied textures of domestic interiors, from rustic farmhouses, as pictured here in “Abode,” to elegant mansions. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., 895-7375, JeanBragg.com
François Fressinier is a unique and enchanting modern figurative painter. This piece entitled “Le Vent Dans Les Voiles,” is largely informed by his examination of the relationship between classic Greco-Roman images and more contemporary historical art movements. Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St, 299-9057, MartinLawrence.com
Part of the Gallery’s recent Broken Snow Globe series, this mixed-media painting entitled “Ever Wonder” is an imaginative study of opacity and transparency. The strong vibrant colors would be perfect in an otherwise understated room juxtaposed against neutral tones. Mallory Page Gallery, 614 Julia St., (337) 280-4684, MalloryPage.com