Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
Frist Art Museum: June 22–September 16, 2018
Chrysler Museum: November 15, 2018–April 28, 2019
Venue 3: May 24–September 8, 2019
Chaos and Awe presents paintings that relate to a contemporary version of the sublime,
capturing sensations of disturbance, curiosity, and wonder at the ineffable forces that
shape and disrupt society. The exhibition will feature approximately fifty paintings by an
international array of established and emerging artists.
Fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, with an introductory essay by Mark Scala and chapters
by artists Simon Morley and Matthew Ritchie and art historian/critic Media Farzin. Wall
texts, chat labels, and gallery guide.
8,000–10,000 square-foot gallery with wall height of at least 15 feet.
Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Art Museum
Image: Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi; based in Brooklyn). Funkalicious fruit field, 2007. Ink, paint, mixed media, and plastic pearls on Mylar, 92 1/8 x 106 in. Collection of Glenn Scott Wright, London. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Wangechi Mutu