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Bearing Witness Visual Elegies by Walter Anderson & Jason Bouldin Exhibition Catalogue

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Bearing Witness: Visual Elegies by Walter Anderson & Jason Bouldin is a companion to the 2021-22 Bearing Witness exhibition at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The catalogue features artworks by Mississippi artists Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) and Jason Bouldin (b. 1965), and explores themes of death, remembrance, and rebirth through the lenses of art and the Southern land. These artists, one passed, one living, have been inspired by the artistic tradition of nature morte, or "dead nature." Selected works by Anderson made in the mid-twentieth century are positioned in dialogue with Bouldin's contemporary meditations, which include still lifes of decayed arrangements and intimate portraits of dead birds, a mouse, a rabbit, and other creatures. Accompanying the full-color reproductions are essays, commentary, and interpretation by the artists and contributing authors. Anderson and Bouldin have encountered mortality in their art in much the same way as they have in life; through animals and plants, the deaths of which have intersected with the artists' paths and shattered the boundaries between vitality and decay. For them, art making is a testament to something deeply felt and truly seen. Through painting, the dead live on.

Published by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art on the occassion of the exhibition August 21, 2021 - February 14, 2022

Quotations from Walter Inglis Anderson as well as reproductions of his artworks are used with the permission of the Walter I Anderson Estate.

New essays and contributions by Jason Bouldin, Mattie Codling, and Julian Rankin

Hard Cover 59 pages 11 1/2" x 9"

Printing of this catalogue assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council

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