Celebrating George Bireline | Lee Hansley Gallery | Arts | Indy Week
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Celebrating George Bireline 

When: Sat., Aug. 12, 3-6 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

Much of the Triangle's gallery scene is focused on the new, but it's apt—and important—that one of our oldest galleries is just as consistent in keeping great North Carolina artists of the twentieth century in the public eye. On what would have been George Bireline's ninety-fourth birthday, Raleigh's Lee Hansley Gallery is opening a retrospective exhibit of the key N.C. painter, whose work has been collected by the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, but who has not had a major retrospective in his home state in two decades. A native of Illinois, Bireline moved to Raleigh in 1950 to design scenery for Raleigh Little Theatre; he earned a master's degree in art at UNC-Chapel Hill and then taught painting at N.C. State's design school for thirty years. Representation by André Emmerich Gallery in New York put Bireline in complementary dialogue with postwar abstract expressionists and color-field painters; he also explored trompe l'oeil and narrative painting. All phases of his distinguished career are represented in the Lee Hansley exhibit, which runs through October 28 after this opening reception. —Brian Howe

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