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The High Museum: A Break From Normalcy

Jun 8, 2017
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Art serves, above all, to bring each of us a little bit closer. Art is poignant. Art is honest.

It seems that the High Museum of Art is always searching for new pieces of art to add to its temporary and permanent collections to contribute to a diverse and unique collection.

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Art is still going up on the walls of the airplane hangar-like space of the Notch8 Gallery. Artist Tiffany Charesse watches, smiling and satisfied, as her work is hung. One of those pieces is of a modern dancer —tank top, jeans and ballet flats rendered in delicate pastels. The dancer’s knees are bent, he is up on his toes with his arms outstretched. This image repeats in a pattern that stretches all around the picture — the dancer holding hands with himself over and over.

Courtesy of Rabbi Micah Lapidus

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‘Infinite Body’ — New Steps And Old Trends For Bojana Ginn

Apr 24, 2017
Holyn Thigpen / courtesy of Vox Atlanta

Atlanta’s Whitespace Gallery recently premiered “Infinite Body,” the newest, breathtaking creation from Belgian artist Bojana Ginn.

In many ways, “Infinite Body” is not a far departure from Ginn’s past work. She has distinguished herself with unconventional combinations of architecture, technology and color — all of which are encompassed in the popping neons and bold structures of this installation.

Laurie Sermos

As March Madness comes to a close, another competition revs up. There might be less sweat and adrenaline, but the competitors are still the crème de la crème. That is the crème de la crème in impressionist painting.

The Olmstead Plein Air Invitational brings 30 impressionist painters to Atlanta each year to compete. Each day, they paint a different picturesque site in Atlanta, and at the end of the week, the artist with the best work is awarded a very hefty purse.

Welcome To The High Museum, Where Life Is Impermanent

Mar 16, 2017
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Visitors taking in “Hourglass,” artist Daniel Arsham’s new exhibition at the High Museum of Art, will note that Arsham, until recently, was colorblind, and apparently shied away from shades other than black and white in his art until new innovations in ocular technology exposed him to the full array of the color spectrum.

Louis Perry

Who is your favorite visual artist? Are they still alive? Are they local? A collective of artists opening a group show tonight operates under the motto “Support artists that are alive and well.” They call themselves Future Dead Artists.

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A task force hoping to commemorate the exploitation of a group known as “comfort women” is looking for a new home for their planned memorial in Atlanta. That’s after the National Center for Civil and Human Rights pulled out of an agreement to erect the memorial outside its building.

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West End Remembers
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The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular destination for runners, cyclists and those looking for an afternoon stroll through the city.

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In addition to the miles of trails, the BeltLine also features a variety of public art murals and sculptures. New works of art are added every year as part of the Art on the BeltLine program.

In honor of International Women's Day, here are some of the works completed by women artists that you can see on your next visit to the BeltLine.

Guillaume Ziccarelli / Courtesy of Daniel Arsham and Galerie Perrotin

Visual artists generally work with a wide array of colors, but an exhibit now open at the High Museum of Art features installations with an intentionally limited palate.

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Mark Creasy

Despite the unseasonably warm winter, an event this weekend is bypassing the rest of it all together and spring as well. It’s called Sweater Summer, a tropical light art party, and it will transform the Mammal Gallery into a summer escape featuring music, light art installations and plenty of tiki and tropical decor.

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Richard Skoonberg

Tonight, the Atlanta Photography Group is opening its gallery to anyone with work to hang ... or pin up, to be more precise.

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“The Push Pin is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to bring in their work and put it up on the walls,” APG Executive Director Beth Lilly says.

Courtesy of NobleSol Art Group


Artist Okeeba Jubalo believes that if art is going to tell the truth, that truth is going to make people uncomfortable. 

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Chef Art Smith participates in the "Top Chef Duels" Premiere Tasting Event, hosted by Chase Sapphire Preferred and Bravo, at the Altman Building, on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 in New York.
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The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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After years of symphony lockouts, tight budgets and bad press, it has finally been a good year for Atlanta's dominant arts organization in 2016. The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

Last year, the ASO opened its season with a performance of Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony," but now, resurrection might be a better theme for the Woodruff Arts Center.

The Sandler Hudson Gallery

Maggie Davis creates beautiful, colorful, abstract multimedia works. Think large panels and canvases of texture and shape that seem to ask you to listen – listen to the painting, listen to yourself.

Auctioneers take bids for Laura Vela’s piece ''La Sagrada'' at The Imaginary Million.
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Works of art regularly go for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the auction block. Another sort of art auction just took place in Atlanta during which no money changed hands ... no real money, anyway.

It’s called The Imaginary Million, and was organized by the art organization WonderRoot.

Jason Travis

You’ve probably seen Barry Lee's bright illustrations in Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine, and on billboards and murals across the city. Artist Barry Lee recently visited WABE and spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes about his colorful and often humorous work.

Lee has been drawn to art from an early age.

"My dad bought me a Playskool easel, when I think I was about 3 years old. And I immediately became hooked on that," he said.

And now as an established artist, he finds people see past his appearance.

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Veterans returning home traumatized by war has been a societal concern throughout human history. One art exhibit now on display at Atlanta's Eyedrum gallery is taking a very personal look at the world many of our armed forces are returning home to.

The show is called "Left Out," and is a collaboration between husband-and-wife team Carlos Thompson and Morgan Carlisle. Carlisle is board chair at Eyedrum, and Thompson is a writer and veteran of the U.S. Army, with tours in Afghanistan and Haiti under his belt.

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Putting furniture on the curb — most of us have seen it, some of us have done it, and a few of us may have even picked up a well-worn coffee table or desk chair off the side of the road. Atlanta artist Lauren Michelle Peterson is exploring these objects left on the sidewalk in a solo show at the MINT Gallery, titled "on Going."

City Lights: A3C Festival; EXPOSED Dance; And More

Sep 22, 2016
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An exhibit now on view at the Mammal Gallery takes on a somber and unfortunately a highly relevant topic for metro Atlanta.

Curated by the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia, the exhibit features 57 artists’ works on sex and human trafficking. It’s entitled "46/21," representing the estimated 46 million people trafficked in the world in the 21st century.

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Perhaps you’ve seen artist Kyle Brooks’ work in a gallery, but more likely, you’ve seen it on the side of the road.

Reminiscent of Southern folk artists, his work features brightly colored animals and creatures he has imagined. And almost all of these critters have big eyes and smiles on their faces. Under his moniker BlackCatTips, he adorns the Atlanta landscape with his street poems and murals.

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Courtesy of Bojana Ginn

Being invited to show artwork at Venice's Biennale would be considered a career highlight by many, and two Atlanta-based artists are among those holding that honor.

The bi-annual contemporary visual art and architecture exhibition opened among the canals and plazas of the Italian city in late May. The work of William Carpenter, architect and founder of design firm Lightroom, and sculptor Bojana Ginn, titled "Presence," is currently on exhibit at the famed event. 

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While Joe Barry Carroll made a name for himself on the basketball court, he is now off the court and rebounded into in wealth management, philanthropy and the arts.

An artist himself, Carroll recently opened his home to seven artists for a four-week residency program, called the Carroll House. The artists from Germany, the United States, the Bahamas and Venezuela each had their own unit inside the house and access to the surrounding property to create their art.

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Much can be said of Howard Finster: he had holy visions throughout his life. He preached the word of God, until he found that painting it was more effective at spreading the message. He made over 46,000 pieces of art, arguably becoming the most well-known self-taught artist of the 20th century.

His most awe-inspiring work, Paradise Garden in Pennville, Georgia, is a compound of his artistic and holy vision. From the church that he moved onto the property to the pathway encrusted with objects to a painted Cadillac, every inch has something to find.

Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Joshua Gwyn / Living Walls

Atlanta's Living Walls went on a hiatus last year, and now, they are back.

The initiative is responsible for many murals around Atlanta. From 2010 to 2014, artists from around the world were invited to create public art on the streets of Atlanta. There was also a yearly conference on urbanism and street art. 

Living Walls' founder and executive director Monica Campana spent her year off in Philadelphia, working for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s huge public art project, Open Source.