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To merely describe Wifredo Lam as an important 20th-century surrealist would do him a disservice. The Cuban painter’s hybrid vision was far broader, encompassing magical realism, modernism, and postmodernism—making him influential in not just the art world but also literary and political groups.
The High Museum Go West! exhibition traces the history of Western expansion with works from 1830 to 1930, in sections focusing on explorers, Native American objects and art, landscapes by Hudson River School artists like Thomas Moran, the significance of the buffalo, the romanticizing of cowboys and Indians alike, sportsmen, conservation, and the reservation era.
Well, the huge event of the weekend is Atlanta Pride, the celebration that started in the 1970s and just keeps getting bigger and better. The 2013 massive list of events includes parties, performances, an artists market, a Eucharist service, Lady Gaga-inspired yoga, workshops, films, a car and motorcycle show, and, of course, one hell of a parade. Piedmont Park and environs. atlantapride.org
Yesterday we got a sneak peek of the High Museum’s eagerly anticipated show “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis,” which opens Sunday and runs through September 29. As museum director Michael Shapiro noted, Johannes Vermeer’s Girl arrived with thirty-four of her best friends—works by seventeenth-century Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, and, of course, Rembrandt van Rijn.