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Greg Decker & Marleen De Waele-De Bock 

When: Sat., May 17 2014
The recently closed Frist exhibition Looking East: Western Art and the Allure of Japan highlighted the influence of the aesthetics of the Land of the Rising Sun on European artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet. Next to Japan, you also have to consider the countries in Africa as having the most outside impact on the development of Western art — consider whether a giant like Picasso would have achieved so much diversity and depth in his work if not for the influence of African art. Africa continues to inspire today’s artists — even those based in Nashville. The latest exhibit at the LeQuire pairs Greg Decker’s impressionistic narratives alongside the brash, colorful landscapes of Marleen De Waele-De Bock for a show that demonstrates the diverse creative work that Africa still summons from artists in the 21st century. A conversation with the artists titled “Influences of Africa, Then and Now” leads tonight’s opening. JOE NOLAN

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