- 8:21 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
“Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection,” the exhibition opening at the High Museum of Art on Saturday, features a grouping of artists whose first names you don’t need when you see their last names: Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Modigliani.
And then there’s Chaïm Soutine.
If his name’s not quite familiar to you, you’re in good company. But this French expressionist painter (1893-1943) was a favorite of the late Henry Pearlman, who amassed this prime collection of modern art that, before this current international tour, had remained at the Princeton University [More]
- 1:20 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Brother, can you spare a dime?
In Georgia, where the state allocates less than 10 cents per citizen on the arts, a coalition of educators, arts organization directors and community leaders is sounding the alarm.
“To me, we’re losing a whole generation,” said Laura Lieberman, president of Georgia Alliance for Arts Education. Lieberman is spearheading a group that filed a declaration Thursday pleading with the state to reverse a decline in public funding that began six years ago and has reduced state funding of arts programs from $4.5 million to just under $600,000.
That makes Georgia’s contribution the lowest, per capita, of all [More]
- 12:58 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
No news in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra lockout since federal mediators restarted negotiations apparently should not be taken as good news.
Ending a rare period of quiet in the discordant stalemate, musicians emailed a plea for help to ASO board members on Wednesday night. It suggested that negotiators for the orchestra’s administration and its parent nonprofit, the Wooodruff Arts Center, are using delaying tactics since talks resumed on Oct. 7.
The email said that the two sides have met only twice since Allison Beck, acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), restarted negotiations and that management asked for [More]
- 5:29 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Construction dumpsters usually overflow with odd pieces of lumber, Sheetrock and cardboard, something that passers-by automatically try to edit out of their view.
But 10 of the lumbering metal containers are starting to command attention in downtown Atlanta. Instead of flotsam and jetsam of the building trade, however, they hold serious art expressions and pure whimsy, quiet reflection and interactive sound and light, eye-catching aesthetics and recycled funky stuff.
- 7:00 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by jvejnoska
It’s the indefatigable Scarlett O’Hara of books: “Gone With the Wind” continues to sell about 75,000 copies annually, more than three-quarters of a century after it first brought fame and fortune (and a Pulitzer Prize) to Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell.
And now comes another authorized sequel, the second by acclaimed Civil War novelist Donald McCaig (“Rhett Butler’s People” came out in 2007). Actually, “Ruth’s Journey” (Atria Books, $26), which arrives in bookstores Tuesday, is mostly a prequel. And, McCaig suggests, a much-needed fleshing out of one of the original book’s “three major characters” — the O’Hara clan’s indispensable, tough love-dispensing “Mammy.”
- 7:38 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The restoration over the last three years of the Rev. Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden folk art environment in the northwest Georgia town of Summerville also is proving to be a factor in a growing revival of interest in the work of the prolific artist more than a decade after his death.
The latest evidence is Finster’s powerful presence in a sprawling group exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on view in the documentary “Paradise Garden,” which will be screened at the Goat Farm Art Center on Nov. 18.
Meanwhile, the Paradise Garden Foundation is readying for “A Turn in [More]
- 2:01 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Chalk up the expansion of Marietta ChalkFest to popularity.
The free fest returns for its fourth edition this weekend, with more than 40 professional chalk artists from around the country, double last year’s number, coloring their masterpieces around the Marietta Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a public non-professional juried chalk art competition for all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (entry fee required).
The variety band Prime will play a free concert in Glover Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and a vendor’s marketplace and kid’s activities will be available [More]
- 1:36 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
In a Capitol ceremony on Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal honored 13 individuals and organizations in the third annual Governor’s Awards in the Arts and Humanities, recognizing contributions to the state’s cultural vitality.
Metro Atlanta honorees included: Leslie Gordon, director of Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts; Paul Hudson, historian-educator; Douglas Scott, Full Radius Dance Company artistic director; Atlanta Ballet; Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the music-worship group Meridian Herald.
Honored from elsewhere around the state: Syd Blackmarr, arts advocate, Tifton; Fred and Dinah Gretsch, president and CFO, respectively, of Gretsch musical instrument company, Savannah; the Activities Council of [More]
- 6:51 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The High Museum of Art recently announced details of a major exhibition of New York artist Alex Katz‘s landscapes for summer 2015. “Alex Katz, This Is Now” will include more than 40 works created between 1954 and 2013, including 15 monumental paintings.
Running June 21 to Sept. 6, 2015, the exhibit will place a strong focus on what Katz calls his “environmental paintings” — works that engulf viewers with their expansive, painterly surfaces that depict moments of intense observation in the landscape.
At 87, Katz “seems as young as any emerging artist,” said Michael Rooks, High curator of modern and contemporary [More]
- 2:43 pm Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Christopher Quinn and Howard Pousner
Allison Beck won’t be walking into an unknown situation Tuesday when she relaunches negotiations between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its locked-out musicians.
Last summer, Beck, the acting director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, talked the New York Metropolitan Opera and its workers and musicians from a dozen unions back into the concert hall and helped save the season. But that was before a lockout took place.