Local Arts

What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

Alfred Manessier’s “La Route (The Road),” 1960.
Alfred Manessier’s “La Route (The Road),” 1960. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Who to meet

On Feb. 7, get to know Matt Horick and his sculpture at the opening of his exhibition “Revert and Continue” at CPCC’s Pease Gallery. The exhibition will feature new wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures that are a continuation of the work he created while in residence at McColl Center for Art + Innovation in the summer of 2015. Sleek white sculptures of abstract forms will join brand-new work made of recycled sheet metal which retains its raw appearance. The artist will lecture at 4:30 and a reception will begin at 5:30. Exhibition on view through March 7.

Sculpture by Matt Horick. HORICK Courtesy of the artist

What to do

Visit the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to see the exhibition “Alfred Manessier,” on view through July 8. Manessier (1911-1993) began his fine art studies as Europe descended into war in the late 1930s and during that time found solace in the spirituality and mysticism of the church. According to the museum, he created abstract landscape paintings and prints “where the natural and spiritual realms would converse, offering spaces for both respite and resistance.” The exhibition includes the abstract work along with sets of illustrations created to accompany Christian texts.

Alfred Manessier’s “Les Cantiques Spirituels de St. Jean de la Croix (The Spiritual Canticles of St. John of the Cross),” 1958. David H Ramsey © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).

For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.