ClampArt is proud to present “Henry Horenstein | Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music.” The exhibition coincides with the release of the artist’s monograph of the same title from W.W. Norton &\; Company (H ardcover\, 120 illus.\, 10.25 x 10 inches\, $50)\, which includes a forewor d by Eddie Stubbs\, one of the two regular announcers for the long-running Grand Ole Opry on WSM radio.


Concentrating on the 1970s\, but spann ing to the present day\, Horenstein’s gritty\, black-and-white photographs capture the irrepressible spirit of an American institution. Some say the 1 970s were the last great decade of country music—between the pomade\, plaid jackets\, and goofy hillbilly jokes of the 1950s and the more polished “Ur ban Cowboy” sound of Nashville in the early 1980s. Horenstein’s work captur es it all\, from the roadside seediness of TJ’s Lounge to the backstage gla mour at the Grand Ole Opry. From bluegrass festivals and country music park s to the honky tonks and dance halls\, these images picture such celebritie s as Dolly Parton\, Jerry Lee Lewis\, Waylon Jennings\, up to a recent card board cut-out of Garth Brooks (which speaks volumes about the artist’s pers onal opinion of the direction the genre has taken of late). However\, the p hotographs feature not only the stars\, but also include the familiar venue s and enthusiastic fans who sustain them.


Henry Horenstein is the a uthor of more than thirty books to date. His work is represented in the col lections of a long list of public institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston\; the Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\; the Museum of Art\, Pr inceton University\, New Jersey\; the High Museum\, Atlanta\; the Fogg Muse um of Art\, Cambridge\, Massachusetts\; and the George Eastman House\, Roch ester\, New York. He is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design\, and resides in Boston.

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