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Visual Arts

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Visual Arts


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Monday May 18, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The event weaves photography, painting, sculpture and other forms into the festival's tapestry of raucous queer voices | more...

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Thursday April 30, 2009 02:10 pm EDT
"Information Randomized Mix-up #4" is an encyclopedia. The artwork, a scintillating grid of tiny inkjet images by Atlanta video artist and VJ Ben Worley, contains a world. Everything from elephants to earthworms to an ironic-looking guy with a beard rolls across the surface in a Red Bull- and NoDoz-fueled mesh of nervous animation. The work also happens to be a literal encyclopedia — at least... | more...

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Friday April 17, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
A timely, almost bittersweet subtext informs The Mad Generation: A Lowbrow Tribute to the Art & Artists of Mad Magazine at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo. The 56-year-old satiric humor magazine goes from monthly to quarterly publication with its April issue. Sometimes it's hard to see the lighter side of the slumping print business model. ??Nevertheless, Mad shaped generations of creative... | more...


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Friday April 17, 2009 10:00 am EDT
I can only assume that curators of African art are under contractual obligation always to paint the walls of their galleries terra cotta orange. Desert Jewels, an exhibition of North African jewelry from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès collection currently on display at the ACA Gallery of SCAD trots out such clichéd decor, but fortunately offers more than enough visual flair to make the experience... | more...

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Friday April 3, 2009 10:00 am EDT

Every city has its communities that the local tourism impresarios would
rather visitors not know about. (Summerhill, anyone?) Photographer Titus Brooks Heagins captures Durham, N.C.'s disowned area of East Durham in Durham Stories: Not Hell But You Can See It from Here, currently on view at Composition Gallery. The result is a trenchant living document of a community both entirely unique and...

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Sunday March 29, 2009 08:00 pm EDT

We’ve officially gone urban. As of last year, more people in the world lived in urban environments than not, according to the United Nations. So it comes as no surprise that the artists in Poised, now on view at Solomon Projects, have channeled our collective confrontation with all things architectural in surprising and satisfying ways.
 
Poised is curated with a minimalist's hand, and wisely...

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Tuesday March 17, 2009 10:00 am EDT

Every film buff knows that children turned creepy in the 1970s and haven't looked the same since. Australian-born photographer Vee Speers continues in the long tradition of The Omen's Damien, those twins from The Shining, and all the other children of the corn in The Birthday Party, Speers' solo gambit at Jackson Fine Art.

Each of The Birthday Party's 21 large-format cibachrome prints depicts...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Evil clowns famously fuel kiddie nightmares, just as sad clown paintings on black velvet inevitably trouble the dreams of art critics.

Alcove Gallery owner H.C. Warner genuinely loves the greasepaint and sawdust, however, and the word “trapeze” even figures in his e-mail address. For his birthday every February, the Decatur-based artist goes to the circus. “The circus usually comes through...

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST

At least one historian has described the Peruvian song form called cumanana as descuidado, or careless. He meant that in the best way, referring to the form's random, haphazard meter. Likewise, the group exhibition Cumanana currently on view at Saltworks showcases art that feels casual, thrown together and improvisational.

The 13 artists assembled by curator William Cordova all have long...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST

Honey, I shrunk the art.

When it came to art in the 20th century, bigger was better. All Small Redux at Agnes Scott College's Dalton Gallery, however, reconsiders the conundrum of scale by looking through the other end of the telescope. Nothing in All Small exceeds 6 inches in any dimension, or about a minute in length for video works. The hundreds of works by 47 artists range from itty-bitty...

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST

Next time you're at the corner of North Avenue and West Peachtree Street, notice the sunlight shining on All Saints Episcopal Church. It's the red stone edifice on the northwest corner across from the MARTA station. The light isn't an accident. Landscape architect Edward L. Daugherty put it there in 1977.

Daugherty may not have physically moved photons through space, but his efforts that year...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST

By the time the ink on this article dries, the nation will have sworn in the president with the catchiest catchphrase since Eisenhower's "I like Ike." If ever there was a time for art to explore political language, it's now.

Beep Beep Gallery's Popaganda attempts to tackle the visual language of politics without all the messiness of actual politics. Organizers Mark Basehore and James McConnell...

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST

Painters of a certain stripe know that their best work is sometimes their fastest work; pictures that emerge in a sudden rush with no time for second guesses or backward glances.

Mergers & Acquisitions, a wide-ranging group exhibition currently on view at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, benefits from a similar sense of urgency and shortness of time. Due to a last-minute cancellation, curator...

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST

In El Bicho: 2008/2009, Cuban painter Tomás Esson takes a detour around the well-behaved superego and instead drives straight for the pulsing flesh of the id. The Hammonds House Museum exhibition comprises 60 of the artist's sexiest, nastiest, most sublime works in an orgiastic feast surveying Esson's creative output over the last 20 years.

A personal menagerie of half-human beasts and beings...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST
Given the sheer volume of stuff bursting Flickr's virtual seams and tumbling out of studios belonging to everyone from fine artists to part-timers at Sears, is there anything new to discover about the overexposed, early 21st-century human form? Self-taught photographer Thomas Dozol wades into this glut of human images in a new solo exhibition at Opal Gallery. And with some aplomb he manages to... | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
Did the bubonic plague extinguish Europe's feudal caste system and trigger the rise of the middle-class bourgeoisie? Did yellow fever end the trafficking of African slaves to the New World? Did the Spanish flu halt World War I? According to Outbreak: Plagues that Changed History, currently on view at the CDC's Global Health Odyssey Museum, the answers are maybe, maybe and maybe. And although... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
The paintings in Proliferate, Marc Brotherton's solo exhibition at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Gallery, map both the potential and the limits of an artist's engagement with his medium. All 11 works are executed in acrylics, most augmented with ink. And although a few paintings generate both heat and light, just as many run aground as the materials and technique fall short of their intended... | more...

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Wednesday November 5, 2008 12:04 am EST

Complete the following sentence: The resurgence of the Betty Page pin-up look a) killed feminism faster than Ally McBeal's gigantic eyes and tiny miniskirt, or b) salvaged feminism for a whole new generation that knows how to wield its sexuality like a blowtorch.

Peter Bahouth's Sadie's Choice at Marcia Wood Gallery suggests that the b's have it. Bahouth's latest solo outing comprises a dozen...

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Wednesday October 22, 2008 12:04 am EDT

If you head out to Castleberry Hill the evening of Oct. 24, beware: You may get mobbed. A nomadic band of paparazzi photographers may accost you, detonate flashbulbs in your face, stick microphones at you and then turn suddenly to swarm the next unsuspecting noncelebrity.

If you're fortunate enough to be caught in the melee, then you've stumbled into "Paparazzi Flash Mob," a work of guerilla...

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Brian Eno, one of electronic music's leading lights, famously excoriated computers in a 1995 interview with Wired magazine: "The problem with computers," said Eno, "is that there is not enough Africa in them." Mr. Eno, meet Danielle Roney.

Roney's Genesis Trial: Johannesburg at MOCA GA is a wide-ranging collection of installations that includes video, digital imagery, sound and large-scale...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons lets you know exactly where she stands the moment you set foot in the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The following epigram is inscribed near the museum's entrance: "Six things are difficult in this world: to be a woman; to be black; to be Cuban; to believe in love; to believe in people; and the possibility that the world can be better."

Message received....

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Wednesday September 24, 2008 12:04 am EDT

On a somewhat lonely stretch of Marietta Street among a row of neglected and converted industrial spaces, a billboard sits above the pink stucco box of an adult entertainment club. The billboard features the head of a dazed-looking young man with a military haircut, lying sideways on a slab surface. The single word "soldier" occupies the wide empty space to the right.

"Bruno" is the work of...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Annette Cone-Skelton leads the way | more...

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Wednesday September 10, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Artist William Boling probes eBay's consumer culture | more...

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Wednesday September 3, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Ruth Stanford hunts for the truth | more...