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‘Cézanne and the Modern’ stirs emotions at High Museum

  • 8:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Vincent van Gogh’s “Tarascon Stagecoach” (1888) is included in the High Museum of Art exhibit “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection” opening Saturday.

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]

High Museum shows off Florentine art

  • 8:03 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Carved marble panels from Renaissance master Luca della Robbia are the center of attention at the new High Museum exhibit, "'Make a Joyful Noise': Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral."

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]

Spotlight on Soutine, too, in High Museum’s ‘Cézanne and the Modern’

  • 8:21 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Chaim Soutine's "Portrait du gar on en bleu" ("Portrait of a Boy in Blue" ), circa 1928, goes on view at the High Museum of Art on Oct. 25. It's one in a grouping of five portraits by the Expressionist painter being shown in conjunction with the exhibit "C zanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection."

“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]

Details on the major show of Alex Katz landscapes High Museum will mount in ’15

  • 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]

Works by Bearden, Johns, Christenberry top list of recent High Museum acquisitions

  • 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]

High Museum receives $2.5 million gift for folk art curatorial position, initiatives

  • 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]

High Museum extends ‘Dream Cars'; new Museum of Design exhibit focuses on graphic design

  • 12:15 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

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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]

Wabi Sabi returns for new round of nurturing dance in great outdoors

  • 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]

Coming to High Museum: Gordon Parks’ black and white South, in color

  • 10:09 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The High Museum of Art lays claim to one of the most significant civil rights photography collections in the nation, comprising more than 300 black-and-white prints.

The exhibition announced Tuesday by the museum, however, is something altogether different: Opening Nov. 15, “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” will feature 40 documentary images taken by the trailblazing photographer in 1956 Alabama in vibrant color.

Coinciding with the exhibit, the High will acquire 12 of the color pictures, most unseen for more than 50 years, for its rapidly growing permanent collection of photography, now numbering more than 5,800 prints.

Parks created the work on assignment for Life [More]