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Hans Schmitt-Matzen: Anthology 

When: March 17-Sept. 1 2012
There’s been a lot of discussion on the Scene’s Country Life blog recently about the power of context to influence opinions: Stoner movies often don’t hold up when you have to pay 10 bucks to watch them in the same cinema where you saw The Tree of Life and Melancholia. Artists can distort your opinion of their work based on how well you think you’d get along with them at a party. It’s an insidious beast, but context has a lot to do with how successfully art communicates with its audience. With that in mind, Cheekwood’s Temporary Contemporary space is one of the most interesting spaces for art in Nashville — when you’re among the stridently manicured gardens and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous estate, you can’t help but be a little bit more aware of the beauty in things. That’s one of the many reasons we’re so excited to see the return of contemporary art on the site with today’s opening of Hans Schmitt-Matzen’s Anthology. Another reason is that Schmitt-Matzen makes paintings that would look great in just about any context. The work for this exhibit is based on photographs taken in libraries, and conveys the painterly aesthetics of panning across the spines of books on a shelf.
— Laura Hutson


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