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Homage and warning in William Christenberry's look at the Deep South

Homage and warning in William Christenberry's look at the Deep South

William Christenberry didn't have perfect sight — the result of a serious eye injury when he was a teen — but the Alabama-born artist possessed extraordinary insight.

His primary focus was the Deep South, a focus that can be explored in a retrospective at the Maryland Institute College of Art: "Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William Christenberry." That revisiting unexpectedly took on an air of memorial when, shortly before the show opened, Christenberry died from complications of Alzheimer's at the age of 80.

"I had hoped Bill would be involved with this...

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