The Lithographs of Carroll Cloar

May 17, 2014 - August 10, 2014
Boone and George-Ann Knox Gallery II

Although formally trained in New York, Carroll Cloar (1913–1993) spent most of his career in Memphis, Tenn., creating works of art based on his memories of his childhood in Earle, Ark. In addition to the hundreds of paintings and drawings Cloar created, he made lithographs in the 1930s and 1940s, all printed in editions of 25. Borrowing from a private collection and the University of Memphis, this exhibition brings together each of these 31 prints in a single gallery. These lithographs, like Cloar’s paintings, have a surrealist tone through subjects based on stories of people and places from Cloar’s childhood, biblical narratives and popular culture. Unlike his colorful paintings and linear drawings, the prints’ strong contrast of black and white forms and painterly lines create a hauntingly different atmosphere.


Carissa DiCindio, curator of education


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art