As flores respiram by Bob Nugent

Art of the Week

After 39 years of showcasing contemporary art in Green Hills, Cumberland Gallery will be closing with a final show designed to celebrate its indelible legacy.

“A 39 Year Retrospective” features fifty artists whose work has adorned the walls of Cumberland Gallery. Part II of the show opened on February 9 and runs until March 2, presenting art that encompasses the gallery’s nearly four-decade mission. The gallery will then close for good in April.

“Despite differences in medium and modes of representation, [the artists in this show] have in common a great sense of artistic integrity and remarkable technical skill — qualities that have enabled Cumberland Gallery to gain a regional and national reputation for excellence,” according to a press release from the gallery.

Bob Nugent’s As flores respiram is reminiscent of the work he exhibited at Cumberland Gallery in a 2017 show titled “Ecos De Inhotim,” which featured his impressions of the Amazon River Basin through oil paintings, sculptures and watercolor field studies.

As flores respiram — “the flowers breathe” in Portuguese — offers a darkly rich palette of tropical color, bursting movement of painted flecks and a living combination of visible paint strokes and drips. But beyond its contemporary interpretation of a floral still life, the piece also exemplifies the 39-year history of Cumberland Gallery through Nugent’s own long-term relationship with it.

Nugent’s work has been displayed by Cumberland Gallery since it opened its doors in 1980. With a fine arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a slew of national awards, his presence in Nashville throughout the years is a testament to Cumberland Gallery’s long reach and success in its mission to bring the best of contemporary art to Nashville.

Cumberland Gallery is located at 4107 Hillsboro Circle.

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