This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will host the first solo museum exhibition of the visual art of Scott Avett, founding member of the Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers band. Open Oct. 12, 2019, Feb. 2, 2020, “Scott Avett: Invisible” will include large-scale portraits, prints and paintings.
Until now, Avett’s work with The Avett Brothers has taken center stage. The NCMA exhibition shines a light on his art-making, demonstrating the richness and diversity of his practice.
“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer — before I am an artist,” said Avett, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University and who lives in Concord. “I’m always thinking in visual terms.
“Even when I’m writing, I’m thinking visually, and I feel like everything trickles down from that. This body of work was made over a 20-year span. These are snapshots from my life as it moves and changes, all from the view of my conscience.”
The exhibit features psychologically charged and emotionally intense portraits focused on his family and himself, often intimate, vulnerable and sometimes uncomfortably truthful portrayals.
“Scott Avett has been a highly accomplished working artist for as long as he has been a musician, but until now, he has kept the art-making part of his life more private, almost as a refuge from his life as a performer,” said Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “Sentimental, nostalgic and deeply real — like his song lyrics — his paintings resonate with human emotion and forge powerful and personal connections between Avett’s work and the viewer/listener.”
Museum Director Valerie Hillings notes, “This show reflects the NCMA’s commitment to highlighting the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice and to inviting consideration of individual and societal themes and issues that are raised by artists, including Avett. Like his songs, Avett’s paintings, portraits of his family and himself, speak to universal issues of spirituality, struggle and transformation, as well as more personal stories of career, family and Southern life.”
A catalog, created Bob Chase of Chase Art, will accompany the exhibition and feature a retrospective of Avett’s work from 2008 to 2018, alongside never-before-seen pages from his sketchbooks and essays and interviews about his work. Exclusive merchandise, including deluxe editions of the catalog with a vinyl LP record and limited-edition prints, will be available at the Museum Store, select art gallery partners and online.
The exhibition kicks off with a Friday, Oct. 11, party in the galleries featuring cocktails, music and an exclusive preview of the exhibition.
More information about the Museum and the exhibition is available online. Exhibition tickets and related event tickets go on sale for Museum members Sept. 3 and nonmembers Sept. 17 at ncartmuseum.org.