Clyde Broadway

Callanwolde Fine Art Center

Clyde Broadway’s work is a satiric faux-naïf attack on glitzy contemporary mythologies. Some of his paintings suggest outsider art, with their bright primary colors and cartoonlike drawing; the series of small one-sided sculptures in this show, entitled “Kicking Ass and Taking Names” might even be taken for imitations of Howard Finster. These works graphically depict instances of hostility and anger, and include the “Hussein Series,” which is right up-to-date. But it is in the larger works that his intentions become clear; this show, entitled “Worries of the Western World: An Investigation of the Miraculous, the Mysterious, and the Mundane,” affirms Broadway’s engagement with the contemporary world of tabloids, home shopping networks, and lotteries.

The Return of the King, 1990, for example, refers to Elvis, rather than a messiah or the Hobbits. The King is descending from a power-pyramid

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