Upcoming Exhibitions

Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper

11/06/2013 - 01/29/2014

Special Exhibition Galleries 2, 3 + 4 map


Curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art   

Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper provides a comprehensive look at Marisol’s career, placing her within a larger historical context, while re-establishing her as a major figure in postwar American Art. Among the themes explored are her: diverse influences; relationship to postwar art and cultural movements; experimentation with a variety of materials; extensive use of portraiture; politically charged sculptures addressing the poor and disenfranchised; and identity as a female artist who was born in Paris of Venezuelan parents and lived most of her life in New York City. Although primarily recognized for her sculptures, Marisol also created a large body of works on paper that explore many of the same subjects that appear in her three-dimensional works, but with a distinct undercurrent of violence and eroticism.  
The essays include an extensive biography and an investigation of Marisol’s interest in the family by Marina Pacini; an examination of Marisol’s Venezuelan heritage that also places her work in the context of Latin American fine and folk art by Deborah Cullen; a discussion of her series of sculptures of Native Americans by Bill Anthes; an exploration of her works on paper by Douglas Dreishpoon; and a historical reconsideration of Marisol by Dore Ashton.

Exhibition Press Release

Marisol, American (born France, 1930)
The Family, 1969
Mixed media:  Wood, plastic, neon, glass
88 x 56 x 65 inches (223.5 x 142.2 x 165.1 cm)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Commissioned for Brooks Memorial Art Gallery through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from the Memphis Arts Council, Brooks Fine Arts Foundation and Brooks Art Gallery League  69.5            

Corporate Sponsor:
Raymond James
National Sponsors:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Henry Luce Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts