The George Gallery presents a two-person show from the estate of
William Halsey (1915-1999) and Corrie McCallum (1914-2009),
May 27- June 17
“Expressions from Charleston” is a collection of highlights from the careers of these renowned Charleston artists.
May 13, 2021–Charleston, SC The George Gallery is thrilled to exhibit this curated collection of works by Halsey and McCallum, ranging from 1966-1990, including incised oil panels, prints on paper, paintings on canvas, mixed media on paper, etc. We invite our visitors to explore the range of artworks from two artists who shared an employer, studios, and a home.
After meeting in the art department at the University of South Carolina in 1932, they set out on careers in art making, traveling, raising their children and teaching. What was significantly and nearly unique to Halsey and McCallum was that they were abstract expressionists in the South beginning in the 1940’s. Not only were they contemporaries and exponents of the Abstract Expressionist movement, they did not change course even when many artists in New York found stimulation in Pop, Minimalism, and other iterations of Modern Art.
Inspired by their city of Charleston for its patina and palette, it was a backdrop to many of the works you’ll see on view. They also created homages to their travels, such as “Andalusia” (1966) a wood and paper assemblage by William Halsey that recollects a visit to Spain. The George Gallery is honored to share these works from the estate of the artists; works that have not previously been available for sale. The collection will be on view May 27 – June 17.