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Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett

When: Jan. 27-April 9 2017

Self-taught artists also teach one another, and, starting in the 1980s, Alabama produced a remarkable crop of African-American ones who entered the canon as it tortuously grew less homogenous. Scavenger sculptor Lonnie Holley, who came to Kings in Raleigh as a musician last Friday, has had a major retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Assemblage master Thornton Dial has been collected by MOMA, the Whitney, the Met, and the Smithsonian. Less well known but primed for reconsideration is Dial's cousin, Ronald Lockett (1965–1998), who explored the panoramic violence and racial strife of the twentieth century in richly textured, starkly totemic paintings on discarded materials, wrought with wire and nails, twigs and leaves. He made some four hundred works before his death from complications of HIV/AIDS at age thirty-two. See fifty of them during the Second Friday art walk celebration of Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett, the first solo exhibition of his work. It came to the Ackland (which hosted a memorable exhibit of Dial drawings in 2012) following runs at the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.—Brian Howe

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