Portraits of Southern Artists

IMAGE: Jerry Siegel; 'Portrait of William Eggleston'

IMAGE: Jerry Siegel; 'Portrait of William Eggleston'

   Alabama photographer Jerry Siegel has made it his mission to capture Southern painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed-media visionaries on film.

The result is Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists (University of Alabama Press), a new book that celebrates 100 people whose work has come to define the genre of Southern art in all its variety. Photography by Jerry Siegl can be viewed at Rebekah Jacob Gallery, in Charleston, SC.

DECEMBER 21, 2011


Black & White Photography by Michael Kenna

IMAGE: Micheal Kenna

IMAGE: Micheal Kenna

Some people see the gray area, but Michael Kenna sees the beauty in black & white. Devoted to non-digital and hand-crafted prints of landscapes and structures, Kenna’s works make color look pale in this month-long exhibit at Rebekah Jacob Gallery.


MICHAEL KENNA in Charleston Home Magazine

 Transport yourself to the peaks of a mountaintop or an age-old cathedral without leaving King Street with Michael Kenna’s intimate landscape shots. Typically working in the dead of night with an hours-long exposure on his camera, Kenna captures striking luminescence. Listen to the artist, who has been named one of the greatest landscape photographers of his generation, give a free lecture about his technique and his travels at the Halsey Institute at 7 p.m. on November 2. The following day he’ll be at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery, where the exhibit is featured.


PHOTOGRAPH magazine on Michael Kenna

    Rebekah Jacob Gallery will exhibit a collection of black and white photographs by renowned artist Michael KennaWidely considered to be one of the foremost landscape photographers of his generation, Michael Kenna has been looking at our world in ways quite out of the ordinary for over thirty-five years. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the natural landscape and human-made structures. Kenna is both a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. With night-time exposures of up to ten hours, his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.  Kenna is particularly famous for the intimate scale of his photography. He works in a traditional, non-digital photographic medium and his intimate, exquisitely hand crafted black and white prints reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | Dr. Karen D. Heid


Photographs by Michael Kenna | Critique Venezia

    Venice is most certainly not sinking. At least that is how one may feel when he or she sees Michael Kenna’s photographs of Venezia. Venice, the aesthete’s ideal of Italy, has been photographed by Kenna in such a way that he captures this ancient and fragile city as if it were rising from the depths of the marshy peninsula on which it was first built, revealing secrets that can only be seen through a lens.

JUNE 21, 2011 | Amy Stockwell Mercer

Six Southern artists join forces for a colorful show: Heating Up

Rebekah Jacob manages to pack a big punch in the small, narrow space of her King Street gallery. Opening on the well-worn heels of Spoleto and running through July, Summer displays works from a compelling group of young, contemporary, male Southern artists.

IMAGE: Kendall Messick; 'The Projectionist'

IMAGE: Kendall Messick; 'The Projectionist'

Jacob doesn't like to impose a theme on her artists, but the summer vibe must have subconsciously evoked a steamy palette for many of them. Brian Rutenberg's large-scale oil paintings are thick with vibrant colors, and even Tim Hussey, whose work is often filled with heavy black lines of charcoal, includes splashes of purple and red in his recent work. The colors of summer are a dominant theme for most. Also included in the exhibit are Kendall Messick, Timothy Pakron, and Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Kevin Taylor.

One of the challenges of a group show, especially in a small setting, is to hang the collection without making it look chaotic, but the white walls and clean lines of Jacob's gallery minimize distractions and provide enough room to absorb this visually pleasing summertime show. Summer reminds us that even after the lights go down on Spoleto, the visual arts scene in Charleston never sleeps.

JUNE 16, 2011 | Olivia Pool


Don't miss today's opening reception of "Summer," an exhibit of six leading contemporary artists at Rebekah Jacob Gallery.

IMAGE: Kevin Earl Taylor

IMAGE: Kevin Earl Taylor

Expect to see new pieces from Kendall Messick (New York), Brian Rutenberg (New York), Benjamin Hollingsworth (Charleston and New York), Kevin Taylor (San Francisco), Timothy Pakron (Charleston and New York) and Tim Hussey (Charleston).

Gallery owner Rebekah Jacob says, "all have expanded the conventional definitions of their medium, intersecting currents of contemporary art today."