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Named after the capital city of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the modern-day Memphis is best known as the hometown of Elvis Presley. ‘Graceland‘ is the city’s biggest tourist attraction; but off the beaten path, Memphis is home to a plethora of high-quality exhibition spaces.
The Jay Etkin Gallery can be found in the Cooper-Young district of Memphis. Dedicated to displaying the work of contemporary artists and African tribal art, Etkin also has a sister location in Santa Fe. The Memphis gallery has been in operation for over 25 years, demonstrating Etkin’s acute business sense and eye for quality art; Etkin has represented some of his artists for more than 20 years. The gallery tends to focus on painting and ethnographic sculpture. Etkin is also an artist in his own right, and occasionally exhibits at other local spaces.
Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 550 0064
Showcasing regional artists, Gallery Fifty Six focuses primarily on painting, but also includes ceramics and sculpture. Group and solo shows are exhibited on a regular basis. One of Gallery Fifty Six’s strengths is the dynamic range of works exhibited by the artists represented, ensuring that no two exhibitions are the same. Another factor that has contributed to its success is the owners’, Frank and Mindy Roberts, strategic decision to place the gallery in the historic Cooper-Young district.
Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 276 1251