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What Atlanta artists need

The 5 things that Atlanta artists need

“There’s always been a fight for visibility for the creative community here. A lot of the artists feel like underground legends, even if they are known worldwide.”
Atlanta arts February 2023

Atlanta’s arts scene is unparalleled—and it’s time you started exploring it

Here’s a look at the state of the arts in metro Atlanta and a few events to look forward to this month.
Renowned designer Stephen Burks brings his novel vision of home furnishings to the High Museum

Renowned designer Stephen Burks brings his novel vision of home furnishings to the High Museum

The pandemic was a time of reckoning for Brooklyn-based industrial designer and educator Stephen Burks, as it was for many. “We were forced to reexamine who we were as people, as a family, as a community,” he says. “We were confronting our domestic laws again.”
“Into Me I See” asks art lovers to look into their dark sides

“Into Me I See” asks art lovers to look into their dark sides

In psychology, the “shadow self” is the part of ourselves that we struggle with and choose to reject—our dark sides, if you will. Fascinated by the concept, Lynne Tanzer, a creative consultant, curated a show for Echo Contemporary Art, located with Guardian Studios, that explores this theme.
Krog Street Tunnel

How the Krog Street Tunnel became a launching pad for a generation of artists

For a graffiti writer, the tunnel—a mishmash of graffiti art, tags, murals, and festival flyers—was the perfect canvas because the bridge provided cover and its concrete pillars framed the artwork. It served as a platform for young artists to prove themselves.
The Mirror Garden brings the impressive work of Monir Farmanfarmaian to the High

The Mirror Garden brings the impressive work of Monir Farmanfarmaian to the High

When guests visit the High Museum exhibit, they can follow a chronological path of Monir Farmanfarmaian’s work. Her stunning mirrored sculptures will be on display—she used a 17th-century Person technique called Āina-kāri, a mirrored mosaic made with paper thin mirrors—but the exhibit goes far beyond that.
Rodin High Museum of Art Atlanta

Rodin is coming to the High: Here’s what to know about the exhibit

If you’ve ever wanted to see The Thinker or The Kiss in person, now’s your chance—Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern runs October 21 through January 15 at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Here's how the exhibit came together and what you'll see there.
Todd Murphy Wink Bill Lowe Gallery Atlanta

In Wink exhibit, late artist Todd Murphy tips his hat to the Kentucky Derby’s forgotten champions

At the Bill Lowe Gallery, director Donovan Johnson has mounted a weighty showing of Todd Murphy’s work. The marquee exhibit, Wink—Murphy’s endearing nod to James “Jimmy” Winkfield and other Black jockeys—comprises roughly 30 paintings and mixed-media works that examine the relationship of Black identity and labor in the South through the history of African American jockeys, horse racing and the concept of the workhorse.
Pam Longobardi

For these six artists, nature is both a catalyst and a muse

Pam Longobardi is an Atlanta-based professor, artist, and founder of the Drifters Project, which mobilizes cleaning efforts along coastlines around the world. She is known for her assemblages, abstract paintings, documentary photos, and large-scale installations made of discarded plastic collected from waterways and beaches. Like other nature-focused artists, her art sees both the environment’s beauty and its proximity to peril. Here are five more artists doing the same: combining nature, art, and climate action.
Barbara Rego’s Home collage

How an Atlanta collage artist depicts her home

“Atlanta is home to me. I highlighted the streets in our city by making the signs big and bold throughout the design, but foregrounded by subtle imagery from pervasive topics like gentrification."

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