Chasing the Image: Madeleine Lord and Sally Massengale

Friday, October 5, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013

This exhibition brings together the work of two artists who both first became involved with the Asheville Art Museum in the 1990s. Madeleine Lord’s Rooster (ca. 1990) and Sally Massengale’s Kitchen Sink (1992) were acquired for the Museum’s Permanent Collection separately but both have won the ongoing affection of the Museum’s public. For the first time, the public now has an opportunity to see a range of works by these two prolific artists.

Both Lord and Massengale are figurative artists who handle their materials with great energy and fluidity. Madeleine d’Ivry Lord (b. 1949) creates in varied media, including painted metal sculpture often cut to specific form. Lord transforms found materials into revealing portraits and wreckage into flowers. The artist earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Smith College in 1970.

Sally McLaughlin Massengale (b. 1953) is an expressive painter who works mainly in oil, her subjects almost always drawn from real life. Working within traditional genres, she paints still life, landscapes and portraits; her family and home life are frequently used as the subjects of her work.

This exhibition was organized for the Asheville Art Museum by guest curator Dr. James P. W. Thompson, art historian, critic and Professor Emeritus of Art at Western Carolina University.

View selected works in the exhibition »