Monday, September 20, 2010

The High Museum of Art Atlanta has the coolest lectures!

New Contemporary Installations and Lectures at the High Museum of Art

“Moustache” by Jeff Koons
September 25 – May 29, 2011
In conjunction with “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work,” the High will display “Moustache,” (2003) by Jeff Koons. This work pays homage to the Spanish Surrealist by depicting his trademark moustache adorned with polychromed aluminum sculptures, which have been cast in the shape of inflatable pool toys. Since the early 1980s Koons has extended the legacy of American Pop art into the twenty-first century by drawing upon a variety of objects and images from American popular culture and exploring subjects such as taste and authenticity in art. He is known for his meticulously fabricated works, which often consist of surreal combinations of everyday images such as cartoon imagery, art-historical references, and children’s toys. Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955. His work has been exhibited internationally and his most recent solo exhibitions, all in 2008, include presentations at the Château de Versailles, France; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Surrealist Conspiracy
Beginning September 18
Concurrent with “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work,” the “Surrealist Conspiracy” installation draws from the High’s permanent collection and several prominent local collections to explore fantastic imagery by artists from the sixteenth century to the present. Suggesting a group of artists philosophically in league with one another across generations, the title also evokes the archaic usage of the word “conspiracy” as a band of people, ideas, or things. The artists and works selected represent precursors to Surrealism, official members of the Surrealist group, individuals who operated under the banner of Surrealism, and contemporary artists who have been influenced by Surrealism. Artists include David Altmejd, Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Max Ernst, Max Klinger, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Man Ray, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

Anthony Friedkin: The Wave Portfolio
Through December 5, 2010
Anthony Friedkin has explored the creative possibilities of photographing waves since 1977. This series of 20 photographs is part of an extended photo essay spanning more than 30 years.

He lives and works in California—a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean—and is an avid surfer. He describes himself as a "disciple of the sea." By photographing waves and the ocean, Friedkin hopes to reveal their secrets within and show the extremes of their thunderous, turbulent power and harmonious, soothing calm. Educated at UCLA and the Royal College of Art in London, Friedkin has made a successful career photographing on assignment for magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among others. He also works in Hollywood as a still photographer on movie sets—American Me, The Game, Titanic, Dogtown and Z-Boys, and Riding Giants are among his many credits.

Upcoming Lectures

· Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in Symphony Hall, Contemporary Artist Jeff Koons will kick-off the High’s “Conversations with Contemporary Artists” series. The Post-pop superstar will explore the influence of Salvador Dali on his work.

· Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Rich Theater, Contemporary Artist Kehinde Wiley will continue our “Conversations with Contemporary Artists” lecture series. Wiley is known for his vibrant, larger-than-life reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring young African-American men. In his talk, Wiley will discuss the influence of Old Master painting on his work, including artists such as Titian, David, and Memling.

A Cocktail reception with cash bar will follow both lectures. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for students with valid I.D. Seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000 and Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.


p.s. Have you been to see Dali: Late Works at the High yet? It is a fantastically fabulous show. Don't think you care for Dali's works? Bet you only know about a few of them. His art ranges the gamut --- and includes beautiful jewelry (I covet the ruby lip pin and the eye-clock pin in the gift shop...).
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