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Ross Rossin has undoubtedly reached the top tier of American portraiture, commanding prices that can approach six figures. Four of his portraits—of Andrew Young, Morgan Freeman, Hank Aaron, and Maya Angelou—have hung in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. And yet Rossin is largely unknown in Atlanta’s insular arts community—largely by his own choice.
Ronald Lockett, a little-known self-taught artist, used found materials and barn metal scraps to create pieces about everything from the Holocaust to his own experience as a black man in the post–civil rights era South. Preserving—and putting a spotlight on—this legacy, and that of other so-called “outsider” artists, has been a priority for the High for more than 20 years.
Atlanta sculptor Chris Condon's whimsical library installation is up for a national grant—determined by popular vote!
Artist Sally King Benedict has earned a national reputation—becoming a favorite of regional publications like Garden & Gun and Southern Living. Online sales of her famous faces series sell out in minutes. She’s also presented solo shows at prestigious galleries. We met at her studio to discuss her inspiration, her work, and how she’s handling all of this success.
At 10 by 7 feet, the sheer size of Don Coen’s portraits is enough to draw attention, but it’s his subjects—migrant farm laborers—that really stand out.
Students of history know that “the one percent” are not an invention of the recession. In the U.S., income inequality flourished at its highest level more than 80 years ago, just before the Great Depression, when Walker Evans was dispatched by the Farm Security Administration to document small-town life and the successes of the New Deal.
Although he died at just 27 of a heroin overdose in 1988, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat made an outsized impact. The self-taught graffitist and painter was one of the first black artists to dominate the mainstream art world in the 1980s, according to Michael Rooks, managing curator of the High Museum’s current exhibition.
Everywhere Jason Smith turned, it seemed death surrounded him. As a medic in the smoldering battlegrounds of Iraq, he performed CPR on fatally wounded Marines. Back home he was involved in a car wreck that left him with a traumatic brain injury and killed a friend. Before long he began hallucinating.
Local designer Abbey Glass chose four of Britt Bass Turner’s paintings—all colorful, dreamy, and abstract—to work from, then created a brand-new pattern for eight spring dresses.
Born more than two decades apart, Atlanta artists Steve Penley and Hutton Snellings are teaming up for Collide, a joint exhibition in the gallery above Onward Reserve in Buckhead.