WonderRoot announces third art CSA
WonderRoot, the Reynoldstown arts nonprofit, has announced the artists who will participate in its third CSA (community supported art) project. A model for selling and purchasing artwork, the WonderRoot CSA is a twist on the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
For the third edition, 40 investors will purchase “shares” in artwork by six notable and emerging local artists for $600 ($200 less than “Season 02″ for the same number of works).
The commissioned artists will be Meg Aubrey, Nikita Gale, Jason Kofke, William Massey, Michael Stasny and Marcia Vaitsman.
Artwork will be distributed over the first half of 2014 at a series of three “Pick up Parties,” each featuring artist talks. The works will range in medium — including photography, painting and printmaking.
The ideas behind Atlanta’s first art CSA include to support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work; to help keep local talent
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
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
By Howard Pousner / email@example.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.
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
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
By Howard Pousner
The High Museum of Art has announced that it will import prized pieces of Italian art next fall in an exhibition of three marble panels that sculptor Luca della Robbia produced for the Florence Cathedral’s cantoria in the 1430s.
Depicting children singing and playing music, the reliefs and other related objects will come to the U.S. for the first time in “Make A Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music from Florence Cathedral.” The exhibit will be on view Oct. 25 to Jan. 11, 2015.
To provide context for these musical history treasures, the High plans an extensive partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The ASO will present a series of organ and choral performances within the exhibit galleries as well as around Atlanta.
Read more this afternoon on myajc.com (subscriber site) or in Tuesday’s Living section.
By Christopher Quinn
The presents are opened, the wrapping paper in the trash bin. The kids are getting antsy already.
If you’ve never been to the High Museum of Art or have not checked out the new penguin babies at the Georgia Aquarium, this could be the time.
And if you bundle a few trips to some of Atlanta’s best-known sites, you can save money with a combo ticket that is not much known, except maybe to convention hawkers.
The Atlanta CityPass will get you into five of the city’s seven biggest tourist draws for one price. It’s good for the aquarium, the CNN studio tour, and the World of Coca-Cola; it also will get you into either the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and either Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center.
You can buy a CityPass online at www.citypass.com/atlanta, or at the attractions. The cost for the multiple-entry booklet of tickets is $74 for adults and $54 for children 3 to 12 (42 percent savings).
It weighs only four ounces, but a new-on-exhibit moon rock looms large at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville.
Tellus claims its long-sought lunar sample is the largest moon rock on exhibit in Georgia. Collected by Astronaut Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, the original rock weighed about 21 pounds. Officially designated Lunar Sample 15555, it was nicknamed “Great Scott” in honor of its collector.
The mother rock was sliced for analysis and to create exhibits like the one in Cartersville. The sample given to Tellus was prepared in the Lunar Sample Receiving Lab at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, and transported by museum staffers Amy Gramsey and Julian Gray.
On permanent exhibit in Tellus’ Science in Motion Gallery, the moon rock is being shown alongside three Apollo artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum: an Apollo Lunar Module ascent rocket engine, a lunar sample return container and a
Creativity takes wing in airport exhibit
We wouldn’t wish a delayed or canceled flight on anyone this holiday season. But if you are traveling domestically and find yourself with time on your hands at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in coming days, you can check out a strong survey exhibition of Atlanta art that has received positive response from travelers this year.
Curated by Hope Cohn, “E-Merge: Contemporary Atlanta Artists,” in the T-Gate Gallery, features some of the metro area’s top visual talent, including Kevin Cole, Bethany Collins, Brian Dettmer, Craig Drennen, Gyun Hur (who will have a solo show opening at Get This gallery on Jan. 4), Kyoungmin Park and Michael Reese. You can scan QR codes on the text panels and go to the artists’ web sites to find out more about them.
Alexander Calder’s “Three Up, Three Down” mobile has been such a fixture on the front yard of the High Museum of Art, contrasted with Richard Meier’s landmark white-paneled building, most people thought the museum owned it.
But the High has announced that Calder’s 23.5-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, which has been on loan from the Calder Foundation since 1988, will depart Peachtree Street after Jan. 12. The 1973 work is headed for a summer 2014 exhibition of the late American artist (1898-1976) at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
As it mulls options for a statement work of art to replace “Three Up, Three Down,” the High will install Calder’s 12-foot-long hanging mobile “Untitled” (1947) in the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries in sometime in 2014 (exact date to be determined). Last exhibited in 2001, that piece is part of the permanent collection.
More details on myajc.com (subscriber site) Thursday afternoon and in Saturday’s Living section. HOWARD POUSNER