- 11:07 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Michael E. Shapiro, the crowd-pleasing director who presided over two decades of explosive growth at the High Museum, announced Wednesday he would be stepping down.
“I think, after 20 years, why not give someone else a shot to take it to the next level?” said Shapiro, in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Shapiro will leave the High July 31, 2015, as he completes his 20th year guiding the museum, first as deputy director, then as director.
It has been a time of momentous change at the Midtown cultural center.
During Shapiro’s tenure the High constructed a three-building expansion designed by Italian architect [More]
- 8:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Henry Pearlman was far from an expert in modern art when he began building one of the strongest collections of that tradition-shedding period in 1945. But he gradually became one by remaining open to wise advice and through his own obsessive curiosity.
Because it was defined by a spirit of experimentation, modern art doesn’t provide a simple-to-follow through-line, even for art aficionados. Yet walking through “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection,” the touring exhibition opening Saturday at the High Museum of Art, director of collections and exhibitions David Brenneman pointed out [More]
- 8:03 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Visitors to the Duomo in 15th-century Florence must have found the experience mind-boggling.
Not only were they surrounded by unearthly sculpture and painting, but the soaring 171-foot interior of the dome reverberated with the sounds of choirs, musicians and a pipe organ powered by young men furiously stomping on multiple bellows.
Some of that boggle has come to Atlanta in the High Museum’s new show, “’Make a Joyful Noise’: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.”
As lively as the title suggests, the show is focused on the exquisite carvings of Renaissance master Luca della Robbia, whose bas-relief marble panels are crowded with [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 9:09 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
As a general museum with seven curatorial departments, the High Museum of Art has built an ever-evolving permanent collection of more than 14,000 works that represent diverse art expressions.
Still, as a leading Southeastern art museum, the High continues to put some emphasis on acquiring and exhibiting work by artists with roots in the region.
In announcing recently that it has added more than 600 works in fiscal 2014, the High spotlighted pieces Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry: Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry.
PHOTO GALLERY: To view 11 of the High Museum of Arts’ recent acquisitions, click [More]
Busy art weekend: Gwinnett gallery opens, Art Party, last lap for High’s ‘Cars,’ Art Papers exhibit, more
- 6:48 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Gwinnett County gets new art gallery — garden, too
Atlanta’s northern suburbs gain another art gallery as R Alexander Fine Art in Peachtree Corners celebrates with grand opening receptions 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Though the location is new, partner Robert Harris has been an art dealer for three decades, specializing in an array of international work.
The debut exhibition’s title, “New Roots: A Celebration of New Beginnings,” alludes to its artist introductions but also to a newly installed 2.5-acre botanical garden intended to make R Alexander a Gwinnett County attraction. The garden features a waterfall overlooked by a nearly one-ton Marton Varo [More]
- 7:37 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The High Museum of Art has received a $2.5 million gift from Atlanta patrons Dan Boone and his late wife Merrie Boone to support and expand the museum’s folk and self-taught art initiatives, including the endowment of a permanent, full-time curatorial position to lead the department.
With the addition of the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, all seven of the High’s collecting departments will have a full-time endowed curatorial position.
The museum is conducting a national search to fill the post, according to Thursday’s announcement.
The new curator will oversee the study, exhibition and care of [More]
- 12:15 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
High extends ‘Dream Cars’ one week
The High Museum of Art announced Monday that is extending its popular exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” one week, through Sept. 14. Featuring concept cars, along with conceptual drawings and scale models, by automakers such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche and General Motors, the show has drawn more than 130,000 visitors since opening May 21. The High also announced that it will be open on Labor Day (Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special ticket discounts, and that hours will be extended on “Dream Cars’” closing weekend: 10 a.m. to 9 [More]
- 5:44 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Even if you’ve never connected to contemporary dance, it’s hard to not be persuaded after witnessing Wabi Sabi perform at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with the audience following the dancers to different spots on the manicured grounds for each piece on the program.
The dancer-driven Atlanta Ballet offshoot, whose mission is to showcase rising choreographic talent, gives the first of five performances at three outdoor settings on Aug. 21 at the Midtown garden, where it will return Sept. 18. In between there will be appearances at the High Museum of Art (as part of the design installation “Mi Casa, Your Casa” [More]