Artadia announces the five Atlanta Award 2016 finalists

On 25 October 2016, Artadia — a non-profit organisation promoting the visual arts — announced the five finalists of the Atlanta Award 2016. Amongst the 188 candidatures received by the body, Kelly Kristin Jones, T. Lang, Jiha Moon, Zipporah Thompson and Cosmo Whyte have been singled out as the finalists. The selection jury was composed of four exhibition curators from major US museums including Jamilah James, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The Atlanta Artadia Award 2016 is open to artists living in the city of Atlanta for at least two years in a row, and practising art in any medium. Hernandez Chong Cuy said that the selection process was difficult because many artists presented rich, powerful...

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The David C. Driskell Prize 2016 awarded to Mark Bradford

The David C. Driskell Prize established by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) has been awarded to Mark Bradford. The David C. Driskell Prize, launched in 2005 by the High Museum of Art, recognises the work of an artist from the African-American community. It is awarded to a living artist in the United States at either the start or in the middle of their career, whose work represents a major contribution in the field of visual arts or African-American art. The award winner receives a prize of $25,000. Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles where he still lives and works. We find his works in a range of American institutions including the collections of the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Walker Art Centre in...

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New Fashion Museum in Atlanta

This October, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be unveiling a fashion museum at its campus in Atlanta. SCADfash will be a 10,000 square-foot museum that is committed to the conservation, exploration and dialogue of its fashion collections. SCADfash is made up of public gallery, fashion conservation lab, and media library that will have film arrangements. The first exhibition on the agenda is of “Oscar de la Renta”, with garments from the 1960s up to present day, as well as pieces by his successor Peter Copping. Later on this year the exhibition “Art x Fasion” will focus on the connection between art and design, and “I feel ya: SCAD+André 3000 Benjamin” dives into the world of fashion, film and painting through André 3000 from Outkast, filmmaker Greg Brunkalla, and painter Jimmy O’Neill. The opening of SCADfash will create the fourth university museum dedicated to fashion, joining the ranks with the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Kent State University Museum in...

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Student art project holds up traffic for two hours

A pinhole camera that was taped to a bridge in Atlanta, Georgia, which was supposed to monitor the rising and setting of the sun, caused the two-hour shutdown of the 12 lanes of traffic underneath it as police inspected it as a suspicious object. The camera, part of a student at Georgia State University’s art project, was mistaken for an explosive by police, who shut off the surrounding highway. Students were given the cameras and instructed to place them in interesting locations to monitor sunlight; the student in question, as a result of their actions, could face charges of reckless conduct. The university has issued a statement of...

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Michael E. Shapiro leaves the High museum

Director of the High Museum Michael E. Shapiro, has announced that he will leave his position following two decades at the institution. Shapiro worked hard to build the Atlanta museum’s relationships with European and Asian institutes, an example of this being the long-standing partnership with the Louvre which saw the transfer of around 500 works between Paris and Atlanta between 2006 and 2009. “I thought the timing was right for such a transition. In my two decades as part of the High’s leadership team, I have witnessed this Museum go through a tremendous transformation and improvement,” writes Shapiro; “our campus expansion in 2005 and unique collaborations such as Louvre Atlanta, have reinforced the High’s standing as a cornerstone of the Atlanta community, the leading Museum in the Southeast, and a significant force on the national and international stage,” he continues. Shapiro will stay at the museum until July 2015 in order to follow up current...

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