HEMPHILL Presents William Christenberry

By Editorial Team on November 16, 2020

Tue, 10 November 2020 - Sat, 19 December 2020

William Christenberry, Night Spot, 1983-1984, mixed media construction, wood, paint, paper, soil, 13 ¾” x 15 ¼” x 26” on base 3” x 23 ¾” x 44 7/8” on pedestal 38” x 23 ¾” x 44 7/8”.
On View: November 10 – December 19

William Christenberry (American, 1936 – 2016) possessed a remarkable ability to speak through a diversity of mediums. His initial fame was ignited by the attention attracted by his photographs. As his career progressed, the number of works in different mediums increased. Each piece played a part in an increasingly complex oeuvre. The cross-referencing and dialogue between works in different mediums push viewers to ask probing questions about place, heritage, and identity.

On view from November 10 – December 19 is an exhibition of three Christenberry sculptures and related photographs and works on paper. Each sculpture presents a distinctly different dramatic vision. The earliest sculpture in the show, “Roadside Tableaux,” is a semi-abstraction calling to mind a lonely rural school bus stop. “Night Spot,” a thoroughly representational sculpture, speaks of the nobility of a humble juke joint. “Southern Monument XXIII,” constructed from decaying remnants of the southern landscape, is a monument to the pathos of passing time. The framed works in the exhibition were selected for the subject matter and visual relationships to the three sculptures.

William Christenberry is concurrent with the exhibitions Julie Wolfe: Wildfires & Dreamfields, October 21 – November 25 and Romare Bearden, November 21 – December 19. Ryan Crotty closes November 14.

HEMPHILL is open Tuesday – Saturday by advance appointment only. To schedule a private visit, please contact gallery@hemphillartworks.com or call 202-234-5601.