Hand-carved wood covered in gesso, with gold leaf
Frank H. McClung Museum, Knoxville, Tenn.
Today's work of art can be found in Tennessee, a state I've been to once. I don't have tremendously fond memories of that visit, in no small part because immediately upon arriving there I learned that my friend and former boss Paul Wellstone had been killed in a plane crash, which news threw me into a depressed funk for most of the weekend and kept me from enjoying myself more. Also, I hold it against the state that they didn't support their own native son Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election.
And I have to say, my visits to the web sites of the various art museums located in Tennessee didn't do much to make me think better of the state. A first-rate online presence is a valuable marketing tool, museum people! Let's face it, most of us are never going to get to, say, Chattanooga, so if you people at the Hunter Museum of American Art are going to claim that you have an "exceptional collection of American art ... recognized as one of the country's finest," you need to show more than ten pieces from it.
2003: Rossetti, "A Christmas Carol"
2004: Watson, Christmas Morning
2005: Greetings to one and all
2006: Jastrow and Gottheil, "Rock of Ages"
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