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Brilliant colors, animated rhythms and broad shapes brought his canvases to life and became the basis of a new concept called "Synchromism."
During the early years of European Post-Impressionism, an American artist set in motion an idea that revolutionized modern art. UNC-TV will examine the life and work of American painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright, a pioneer of American and European modernism, by exploring The North Carolina Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Color, Myth, and Music: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Synchromism." The program reveals the first full showcase of the artist's work, with 63 paintings and drawings spanning a period of more than 60 years.
To experience the setting where Macdonald-Wright spent more than 50 years of his life teaching, painting, curating and exhibiting his works, co-producers Scott Davis from UNC-TV and Rebecca Moore from The NC Museum of Art traveled to Southern California to shoot much of the production. Filmed in both California and North Carolina, the program delves into the imagination, personality, and profession of the nearly-forgotten artist. Discussions with several of Macdonald-Wright's friends, Alan Leslie and Ann and John Summerfield, reveal Macdonald-Wright's temperament and personal vision. Pauline Khuri-Majoli, a former student, talks about her teacher's passion and creativity.
In North Carolina the producers focused on the artist's brilliant works and the museum exhibit that is showing them. Scott Davis, who also directed the program, talked to NC Museum co-curators Will South of The Weatherspoon Gallery in Greensboro and John Coffey of The North Carolina Museum of Art. Museum director Larry Wheeler and Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Knight also illustrate the paintings and the man behind them.
"Macdonald-Wright was a dreamer who wanted to create images that would take you physically, emotionally, spiritually outside of yourself - create some other state of mind, bigger than what you would normally experience in your day to day life," Will South said.
Accompanied by a delicate music score by Fred Story, Macdonald-Wright's vivid paintings come to life through George Sturmann's videography. Stanton Macdonald-Wright: Color, Myth and Music is a co-production of UNC-TV and The North Carolina Museum of Art.