It Might Seem Gross, But It's Art

There's something about the macabre that makes people come out in droves, whether it's the latest horror flick to hit movie theaters or a gruesome new display at a Connecticut museum.

New Britain's Museum of American Art is opening its latest New/Now exhibit on Friday and it features the paintings of Sam Gibbons, the Baltimore-based artist whose work has been described as "the Spanish Inquisition meets Walt Disney."

Using bright candy colors, anthropomorphic animal (suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things) and bold lines, Gibbons' paintings are familiar to anyone who grew up watching Disney or Looney Tunes cartoons.

And to give you lots of food for thought, the show's name is "Bone Meal." If you're looking for examples check out his Web site. 

An opening reception for Sam Gibbons' exhibit will be held on Sunday at 3:30 p m.

His pieces are as fresh as the blood painted on the canvas. None of them are more than 2 years old. It's something that the New/Now exhibit demands in order to expose people to some of the greatest new artists from around the world.

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