'Thomas Hart Benton: An Epic Life' Lecture at the Frist 

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A writer, a musician, a country-music fan and, oh yeah, a painter, Thomas Hart Benton was a Renaissance man born too late. Even fans of his American scene paintings might not realize he once played mentor to the black sheep of abstract expressionism, Jackson Pollock. A contradictory artist who lived through complex times during the first half of the 20th century, Benton has been decoded by Henry Adams, the author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original. This lecture will find Adams following Benton from Gertrude Stein's Paris to the sprawling vistas of the American West, attempting to make sense of a man whose very art ripples with undulating surfaces that seem to defy attempts at fixed definitions.
Thu., Dec. 17, 6 p.m., 2009


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