High Museum of Art Offers a Colorful Collection of Exhibits

There is a vast perception that the South doesn't appreciate the art world as much as its northern neighbors. While the Atlanta art scene is certainly not as large as it is in New York, there is definitely a presence here and great art to partake in. Undoubtedly, the best place for art lovers and novices to relish in true artistic expression is to visit Midtown's High Museum of Art to indulge in a plethora of colorful and eclectic exhibits. Currently there are many interesting works on display that will add some spice into your routine weekend activities. For additional information and ticket prices, visit high.org . Check out the artwork and exhibitions in the spotlight below!

Paper & Ink: New Print Acquisitions from the High Museum of Art Exhibition Overview This exhibition of recent print acquisitions from the High Museum of Art celebrates the breadth and depth of the High's collection of works on paper. With more than 450 prints acquired in the past five years, the thirty-one prints selected for this exhibition feature some of the most well known artists of the past four centuries, including Albrecht Durer, Ellsworth Kelly, Sarah Sze, Salvador Dali, and Dox Thrash, to name a few. The practice of printmaking is a discipline with a long and rich tradition involving the transfer of ink from one surface to another through a variety of techniques. These newest additions to the collection represent a range of different approaches to printmaking. Relief (woodcuts, linocuts, and letterpress): Artists create relief prints by incising and inking a printing surface, such as a woodblock or linoleum piece. The resulting image reveals the area around the incisions that the artist left intact.

Intaglio (etching, drypoint, and engraving): Like relief, artists create intaglio prints by cutting or etching into the surface of a plate. Only the incised areas - the marks made by the artist - transfer to the printing surface. Planographic (monotype and lithograph): Planographic prints are produced from a completely flat surface rather than a surface with raised areas, and use a chemical process to transfer the ink. African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye Exhibition Overview The diversity of creative expression of African masks and masquerades is unparalleled. Masquerades are used to transmit ancestral wisdom from generation to generation. Communal performances help promote social harmony by encouraging collaboration, rewarding individual accomplishments, and celebrating community achievements. Some masquerades use humor to provide social critique and discourage antisocial behavior. Many masquerades continue today - even within African Diaspora communities in Atlanta - forever reinvigorated and adapted to contemporary life.

To highlight a group of generous recent gifts and Museum purchases, this show brings together dynamic works of art from western and central Africa, including several masquerades in full costume. A Decade of David C. Driskell Exhibition Overview An influential figure in the scholarship of contemporary African American art, David C. Driskell (born 1931) has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an artist, a scholar, an educator, and a curator. The High Museum of Art initially forged a relationship with Driskell in 2004; this resulted in the establishment of the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art, which is awarded annually to a notable artist or scholar in the field. Additionally, an acquisition fund was founded in Driskell's name that has enabled the Museum to significantly augment its collection of works by African American artists. This exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Driskell Prize as well as Driskell's own contribution to the history of American art. This exhibition features Driskell's 1998 print portfolio Doorway as well as works by Driskell Prize-winners and others acquired through Driskell's generous support.