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Archive for January, 2014

Artist in Contemporary show opening Friday inspired by Beatles’ ‘White Album’

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

New York conceptual artist Rutherford Chang, whose work will be included in the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center group exhibition “Coloring” that opens with a 7-10 p.m. reception Friday, has a thing for the Beatles’ “White Album.”

He’s acquired more than 900 numbered first pressings of the 1968 classic LP, the pristine all-white cover worn to varying degrees and in some cases used as a memo pad or canvas by previous owners, and included them in his installations.

“I got into collecting multiple ‘White Albums’ because every copy tells a story,” Chang explained to the website dustandgrooves.com. “Each one has aged uniquely.”

The show — featuring artists who, according to the Contemporary, “use color to investigate formal, phenomenological, cultural and historical issues” –  continues through March 8. The five artists are Chang, Bill Adams, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Anne Lindberg and Kate Shepherd.

Also opening at the Westside visual art center on …

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$50,000 grant to help High Museum acquire art for second edition of hit ‘Drawing’ exhibit

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

Intending to build on the success of last year’s “Drawing Inside the Perimeter” exhibition, which showcased a deep pool of Atlanta talent, the High Museum of Art has received a $50,000 grant to buy more drawings by local artists for its permanent collection.

The money is from the Atlanta-based Antinori Foundation, whose principals were impressed by the “Drawing” show and offered the grant to extend the project. The exhibit recently made The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s best-of-2013 list of exhibits and received strong notices from the city’s arts Web sites.

High Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Michael Rooks said he believes the new acquisitions “can be a catalyst for contemporary art in Atlanta for years to come.” He added that the pieces he will bring into the permanent collection should result in a second exhibit in about two years.

Read more in Thursday’s Living section and on myajc.com on Wednesday afternoon.

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Nine artist projects receive nearly $10,000 in Idea Capital grants

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

The grassroots Atlanta independent arts funding group Idea Capital announced Monday that it is awarding nearly $10,000 in grants for nine diverse projects by metro artists.

Idea Capital considered 106 entries in selecting the nine artists and collaborative teams who will receive grants from $500 to $1,500. The funds for this seventh year of grants were contributed by individuals — arts supporters and artists themselves.

The group’s stated mission is to encourage”innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams.”

For some projects, the award will serve as seed money that will allow the creative endeavor to begin; for others, the funding will help complete projects already far in the pipeline.

Funded projects that Atlantans can look forward to in the coming year:

  • Jonathan Bouknight: Will create a videotaped dance performance, “Two-Headed Nightingales,” focused on conjoined-twin performers Millie and …

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Culture notes: Gyun Hur exhibit opening at Get This; Atlanta Lyric Theatre gets ‘Sophisticated’

VISUAL ART
Installation explores psychological space

On Saturday, Get This Gallery opens an exhibit by Gyun Hur, the Atlanta artist who won the inaugural $50,000 Hudgens Prize in 2010. “A System of Interiority” finds the South Korea-born artist collaborating on an installation with lighting designer Rebecca Makus and writers Kristin Juarez, Lilly Lampe and Ruiyan Xu in what’s described by the Midtown gallery as a “dialogue about the notion of psychological, interior space.” The show will debut at an 11 a.m. Saturday talk by Hur, currently living and working in Hong Kong, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. 1037 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta. www.getthisgallery.com. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Atlanta Lyric in an Ellington mood

The new year won’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. And what better way to get it than in Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of “Sophisticated Ladies,” opening Friday (Jan. 3) at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The revue …

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