Bob Morgan rarity: a solo show

Robert Morgan's "Crow Toad Root" will be part of "The Golden Horde." Images courtesy of Bob Morgan and Institute 193

Robert Morgan's "Crow Toad Root" will be part of "The Golden Horde." Image courtesy of Robert Morgan and Institute 193

Anyone familiar with Lexington art would drive past the Horse Mania horse Star Dust Memories at Gray Construction on Main Street and say, “That’s Bob Morgan’s horse.” Robert Morgan has one of the most distinctive styles in The Bluegrass, which makes it a little surprising he has not had a major solo exhibit in Lexington in more than 10 years.

That changes Thursday (Aug. 12) with the opening of The Golden Horde at LexArts gallery in ArtsPlace.

In a note to supporters describing the show, Morgan wrote, “I planned and built an exhibit to show something that was a non-traditional vision of the horse (and riders) to present for the WEG (World Equestrian Games) festival … The show is titled The Golden Horde. It is an army of mystic warriors trained to fight the forces of darkness and ignorance.”

This show expands on All That Glitters, a six-piece exhibit of Morgan’s work that Institute 193 presented in the spring. The Institute produced a companion book for that exhibit, All That Glitters … The Art of Robert MorganThe Golden Horde opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the ArtsPlace Gallery, and it will run through Oct. 23.

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