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Michael Sherrill Retrospective
In his delicately rendered sculptures in clay, glass, and metal, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers, and to make them see the natural world anew. Sherrills most recent work reveals his naturalists sensitivity to botanical wonders, especially those outside his studio in the mountains of North Carolina. His floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heades passion flower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon, aligning his work with a long history of a reverence for nature in American art.
This retrospective, organized by The Mint Museum, illustrates the artists evolution over his more than forty-year career. The presentation at SAAMs Renwick Gallery includes more than seventy-five objects, from Sherrills earliest teapots and functional clay vessels to his mixed media sculptures inspired by nature, such as Temple of the Cool Beauty (Yucca) and Yellowstone Rhododendron.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20006