From the Director
This fall the Frist Center is presenting several exhibitions that are seemingly unrelated: Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows; and Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti. A point of departure and convergence in viewing all of them is the dominance of line in many of the works on view. Line is one of the fundamental elements of design. It is also a basic building block of written language.
We hope you will take advantage of the rare opportunity to see in person drawings by the Renaissance master Michelangelo. Works of art in their own right, the drawings also show us how the artist worked out ideas for paintings, sculpture, and architecture. In adjacent galleries, you will see other approaches to line in stunning examples of Islamic calligraphy. Ink, Silk, and Gold emphasizes the material aspects of the objects, which are almost synonymous with color, shape, and texture as well as line. Shinique Smith’s works are so colorful and textured that initially one may be distracted from the unifying harmony of line within them. Her influences range from Abstract Expressionism (reminiscent of Jackson Pollock) to Japanese calligraphy to graffiti. Focusing on the artists’ use of line is but one portal for seeing these works of art. Any path you take will be equally valid, and we hope that you will enjoy all of these exhibitions.
We look forward to seeing you at the Frist this fall.
Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D.
Executive Director and CEO