Riding high on the heels of some big national exposurea four-page spread in American Art Collector magazine profiling LeQuire Gallery's New Figurative Artists exhibitionAlan LeQuire will speak at the gallery at 6 p.m. during the November edition of Art After Hours, discussing the works and the artists who created them. The show makes a compelling case that, regardless of current artistic trends among the avant-garde, figurative art is timelessmuch the same way electronic music can never replace the impact of a human voice. Juliette Aristides' Alexis, an oil study of a young nude woman, looks like it could have been painted at anytime in the last few centuries, which does nothing to diminish its emotional resonance; it may even enhance it. Joshua Bronaugh's painting Stag, meanwhile has a textured, shimmering quality and fractured approach reminiscent of Marvin Israel's cover art for the 1964 album Coltrane's Sound, though much more subtle and delicate. At 7 p.m. at Cumberland Gallery, Nashville artist Barry Buxkamper will talk about his own work, which combines elements of Dali-esque surrealism with bold colors and dry wit, often juxtaposing the organic and the man-made. Buxkamper has been featured in several big-name exhibits including the Whitney Biennial. His latest series focuses on the process of agingparticularly his own. Other Art After Hours highlights include Patricia Oblack's abstract paintings at Gallery One, the international photography of Simin Soroush at Gallery Simin in Germantown, and at Local Color, Small Treasuressmall and affordable works by local and regional artists, just in time for holiday gift-giving. For a full schedule, visit nashvilleartdealers.net/ArtAfterHours.
First Thursday of every month, 5-7 p.m., 2009