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High Museum gives 21 Georgia works, publications to MOCA GA

 By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Helping a sister institution fill gaps in its collection, the High Museum of Art has transferred ownership of 21 works by 14 Georgia artists to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. The paintings, from the 1940s to ’70s, are by artists including Lamar Dodd, Ben Shute, Gladene Tucker, Shirley Bolton and Ferdinand Warren.

“Through the transfer of these works to MOCA GA, whose mission celebrates the contemporary art of Georgia, we are excited that Atlanta and regional communities will have greater access to view and study these artists and their work,” said High director of collections and exhibitions David Brenneman in a release.

Added MOCA GA president and director Annette Cone-Skelton: “This collaboration between MOCA GA and the High is significant and an important step for the arts,”

The High also has transferred more than 700 duplicate publications about contemporary and world art to MOCA GA, which is developing a reference library that will be open to the public.

All art works were chosen by Cone-Skelton in conjunction with High. The transferred works are:

  • Shirley Bolton, “Silent Strings (Jazz Series),” 1974
  • Santo Bruno, “Small Function,” 1977
  • Larry Connaster, “Untitled,” 1969
  • Herbert Lee Creecy Jr., “Study,” 1967, and “Study,” 1967
  • Lamar Dodd, “Wind on the Coast,” 1941; “Sketch for Wind on the Coast,” 1944; “The White Door,” 1953; and “At the Foot of the Blackland”
  • James McRae, “Untitled,” 1966
  • Charles Mitchell, “Prometheus Bringing Fire Down to the Earth”
  • Jarvin Parks, “Homage to the Four Arts”
  • Robert Stockton Rogers, “A View of Taxco, Mexico”
  • Joseph Schwarz, “Funeral”
  • Benjamin Edgar Shute, “Compote with Grapes”
  • Howard Thomas, “Reidsville,” 1943; “White House and Chickens,” 1946; “Get with Red,” 1962
  • Gladene Tucker,” Untitled,” 1961
  • Ferdinand Warren, “Haystacks and Corn”; “Garden Bouquet,” 1952

Highlights, according to the High, ‘include work by Lamar Dodd, who trained in New York and went on to become one of the most well-known 20-century Southern artists. Dodd’s artistic style follows the tradition of Thomas Hart Benton, and he was a faculty member at the University of Georgia. Artist Ferdinand Warren began his career creating war bond posters during World War II. After the war he continued his career as a commercial artist and became a faculty member at Agnes Scott College. Herbert Lee Creecy, Jr. was an abstract expressionist painter. Several of his works are owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art.”

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