By Adam Parker, Post & Courier, February 11, 2017
Until recently, Charleston was not a place associated with contemporary art.
Mostly it was known for its charming galleries on Broad Street and in the French Quarter, its pastel images, endearing church-steepled cityscapes and light-filled views of marshes and creeks and oyster beds.
Other kinds of art could be found in town: still life paintings, some decorative abstract works, pictures made in the classical tradition, some portraits. The only place to go for a dose of contemporary art was the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston, which has long featured work by lesser-known and marginalized living artists.
But that is changing.
At The Southern, Justin and Erin Nathanson are slightly less nervous now than they were when they opened their gallery one year ago. They’re settling in, finding their groove. The gallery at 2 Carlson Court sits at the edge of Charleston’s historic district, near Meeting and Line streets. Inside the open rectangular space, the Nathansons show prominent artists rooted in the Southeast.
Unlike traditional galleries, The Southern doesn’t yet “represent” artists, acting as manager, broker, exhibitor and counselor. “We didn’t really want to be bound by that kind of schedule, that kind of regiment,” Erin Nathanson said.VIEW THE FULL FEATURE