Canterucci art show opening at CYCA

By David Royer

Self-described outsider artist Nick Canterucci will show his paintings in an exhibit called Polaris this month at the Cooper-Young Community Association office, 2298 Young Ave. An artists reception will open the show from 6-9 p.m. May 4. The art will be on display through May 31.

Canterucci is a self-taught artist who began making art in the late 1950s in Michigan and he has studied and worked with many artists within the Ann Arbor and Memphis art scenes, according to his bio. He has been a fixture at many Cooper-Young art invitationals and did a successful show with Karen Bottle-Capps in 2006.

In late 2010, Canterucci released his first solo show in 30 years, Bellatrix, at Odessa Gallery and in 2011 he was named the poster artist for the 24th annual Cooper-Young Festival.

Polaris is his fifth solo effort. It “continues the artistic evolution of Canterucci’s unique outsider art, paying homage to artists such as Howard Finster, Philip Guston and Jennifer Koney, with nods to ’50s pop culture with Impressionist overtones,” his bio states. “Polaris offers vibrant colors via a whimsical, almost capricious feel to each and every one of the pieces on exhibit.”

Canterucci plans another exhibit, this one of failed ideas and outtakes, in late 2012. His show “Kookest ereclist” in early 2013 will deal with avant-garde paintings and more.

Find him on Facebook under the name William S. Paley.


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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