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The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
The Art of Golf
• Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters
Through April 29
On view exclusively in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art continues its collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), with the major exhibition “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters.” This exhibition presents approximately 100 works of art created by 14 of the most iconic artists from the 20th century: Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. “Picasso to Warhol” is one of the largest concentrations of modern art masterpieces to ever be exhibited in the southeastern United States
• Through June 24
Organized by the High Museum of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland, “The Art of Golf” will explore the royal and ancient game as depicted by landscape and portrait artists, photographers and Pop artists through the ages. This will be the first-ever exhibition devoted to the game by a major American art museum. Comprising approximately 90 works from artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Charles Lees, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, “The Art of Golf” will examine the game’s origins, its foundation in Scotland and its growth in America in the 20th century. The exhibition will also feature a large format introductory video that features golf legends Sir Michael Bonallack and Jack Nicklaus and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
• Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collection of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Through May 13
Co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, this exhibition will include approximately 63 drawings and paintings by self-taught Alabama artist Bill Traylor. Traylor began making art near the end of his life, and his works are notable for their flat, simply defined shapes and vibrant compositions in which memories and observations relating to African American life are merged. Traylor is recognized as one of the finest American artists of the 20th century.
• A major multi-site exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS. “KAWS: Down Time” opened Feb. 18, 2012, with a 22-foot-high, site-specific mural painted in the Margaretta Taylor Lobby of the High’s Wieland Pavilion, along with a 24-foot-long triptych hung in of the Museum’s Robinson Atrium. In addition, a gallery installation of paintings, drawings and sculpture will feature a grid of 27 tondo paintings, each 40 inches in diameter. Visitors will be able to watch KAWS over the course of a week in early February as he creates the mural exclusively for the High. The exhibition will also include KAWS’s monumental sculpture “Companion” (2010), which will be installed on the Museum’s piazza on November 18, 2011. “KAWS: Down Time” has been organized exclusively for the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and will be on view through May 27, 2012.
“From their saturated palettes and seductive surfaces to their complex spatial geometries, KAWS’s paintings have a formal elasticity that is humorous and playful as well as complex, sophisticated and discursive,” said Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “KAWS has created a new order of American Pop—one that suggests the protean universe of New York abstraction re-imagined within the frame of Cartoon Network. His work is uncannily familiar but foreign at the same time, like in a dream, and it unites the often distant worlds of fine art and youth culture.”
An influential member of a new generation of street artists who have successfully united commercial enterprises with their artistic practices, KAWS employs his skill and delight as a designer of toys and other objects in his practice as a painter and sculptor. The objects he produces for commercial consumption are in direct dialogue with his art; in fact, he thinks of his t-shirt designs as “drawings.” His new paintings in this exhibition allude to pop culture sources such as Sponge Bob Square Pants, as well as the more obscure work of artist H. C. Westermann, who also drew upon popular cartoon imagery in his work. “Companion,” which will be installed on the Museum’s Sifly Piazza, represents one of several hybrid figures created by KAWS who are part of a growing cast of characters. Enlarged to a monumental scale, “Companion” fuses a Mickey Mouse-inspired body with an inflated skull-and-crossbones head, an image that has become emblematic of KAWS. The sculpture’s contemplative pose recalls Rodin’s famed “The Thinker,” provoking us to wonder what is on the character’s mind and inviting us to empathize with its tragicomic posture.
• Alejandro Aguilera, About the Modern Spirit
Through May 20
Organized by the High Museum of Art, this exhibition will include approximately 40 drawings by Atlanta-based Cuban artist Alejandro Aguilera. Aguilera’s drawings represent literal or metaphorical portraits of modern artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso. “Alejandro Aguilera: About the Modern Spirit” invites visitors to reflect upon the lives of visionary artists and to connect their influences across temporal, geographic and generational boundaries. Aguilera’s homage to these artists reflects their continued relevance to contemporary art and culture and, more personally, to the evolution of his own artistic practice.
• SPECIAL EVENT: Culture Shock Presents: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 31, Symphony Hall. Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips present the Atlanta debut of their performance 13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, with songs composed on guitar and keyboard to the backdrop of Warhol’s 13 Most Beautiful black-and-white silent screen tests.
• High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
Celebrating 20 Years of the Art of Wine: High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Salutes the Glorious Grape. The High Museum Wine Auction is Atlanta's greatest food and wine party and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, not to mention the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Auction kicks off four days of events beginning Wednesday, March 28 and continuing through Saturday, March 31. The Auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station, with many special guests from all over the world rounding out the celebration. For more information about specific events of the Wine Auction weekend or to become a benefactor please visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org or call 404-733-5335.
— The Secret Cellars Tour — Sunday, March 18
Discover the secrets of the underworld while you tour some of the finest wine cellars in the city, tasting an assortment of the best wines as you go.
— The Artist Dinner — Wednesday, March 28
Thomas and Vanessa Arvid will once again host an enchanting evening of art, wine, culinary adventures and elegant entertainment.
— Dine Around Dinners — Wednesday, March 28
This is a chance to experience Atlanta’s best restaurants as you’ve never experienced them before. Enjoy specially prepared meals by the Chefs and drink amazing wine poured by some of the world’s best winemakers.
— Winemaker Dinners — Thursday, March 29
Atlanta’s most charming private residences provide the setting, as one of the region’s top chefs and their staff will take over the kitchen and work their culinary magic on a special one-of-a-kind meal at each home. The chef will be matching special bottles of wine brought personally by visiting winemakers who will be joining you for dinner, as well.
— Premier Tasting Seminars — Friday, March 30
Educational seminars featuring tastes and notes with leading experts in food and wine
— Friday Night Fête — Friday, March 30
The tents in Atlantic Station will once again play host to an evening of fine wine, food and fun on Auction Eve.
— The 20th High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction — Saturday, March 31
Vintners’ Reception & Live Auction
This is it! The 20th High Museum Wine Auction is the total package. It starts with scores of wineries pouring their best into your glasses while you enjoy plates of greatness from dozens of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Then the paddles go up on lots and lots of rare and collectible wine, fabulous trips, fine art and other one-of-a-kind opportunities you can only find under the tents at the 20th Wine Auction!