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January 30, 2012

Local Art in the News NOW

Art Papers Throws a Major Bash, Shake at the Lake Finds a Big Benefactor and ATL Culture Gets Caliente

By Nancy Staab

Art Papers’ 2012 Auction kicks off Feb. 10, Shake at the Lake gets a major benefactor, Idea Capital bestows Atlanta artist grants, and a work by KAWS is among several new High Museum acquisitions.

"Adam and Eve" by Adad Hannah for Art Papers' Auction

Art Paper’s 2012 Art Auction Is Stocked with Art Stars


Prestigious, Atlanta-based, international art journal Art Papers kicks off its 13th annual art auction with a select Collectors’ Preview Party on Friday Feb. 10, 7-9PM. Join Art Papers’ editors and board members at Mason Murer Fine Art for cocktails, bites and a sneak peek of significant works by over 300 local Georgia as well as noted emerging artists from around the world. Then return Sat. Feb. 11, 7-10PM, for a Silent Auction and Party featuring Atlanta’s best artist as well as international art stars.Creative food and drinks will be offered by top Altanta food artisans such as Fritti, Sotto Sotto, The Sound Table, Sugar-Coated Radicals, Escorpion and TopFlr. DJ Mike Katz will be spinning the tunes Saturday night and post--auction head over to the after party at Halo Lounge. Media sponsors include LuxeCrush and ScoutMob.

Participating Atlanta artists include: Radcliffe Bailey, Tristan al-Haddad, Monica Campana, Meg Aubrey, Mali Azima, Lloyd Bejamin, Born, Lucinda Bunnen, Don Cooper, Carolyn Carr, Brian Dettmer, Jody Faussett, Sarah Emrson, Scott Ingram, Joseph Guay, Matt Haffner, Paul Hagedorn, Dorothy O’Connor, Jiha Moon, Kristofer Lamey, Sheila Pree Bright, Christopher Parrott, Katherine Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Gregor Turk, Murphy Townsend, Deanna Sirlin, Lucha Rodriguez,  Joe Peragine, Angela West, Whitney and Micah Stansell, to name a FEW!

Both events will be held at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199-B Armour Drive. Preview is $150 per person and Silent Auction is $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. For tickets:

For artist list:



Shake at the Park by Georgia Shakespeare Shake at the Park by Georgia Shakespeare











Georgia Shakespeare Gets Funding for Shake at the Lake


Thanks to a generous $300,000 grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation, Georgia Shakespeare will expand its summer production at Piedmont Park over the next three years. With the new money, comes a new name, “Shake at the Park” and a new location from Lake Clara Meer to the newly renovated Greensward area of the park. The relocation allows for more than double the seating capacity. Up first: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest from May 9-13th. There will still be plenty of day-of free seating, but now a certain number of patrons can purchase VIP reserved seating or tables.

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"Down Time" by KAWS at the High Museum




















Collector’s Night Garners Three New High Acquisitions


Prominent High Museum patrons gathered at W Atlanta Midtown last month for the museum’s third annual Collector’s Evening, a $500-a-plate benefit that helps endow the museum with funds for new acquisitions. Curators in each of the High’s seven departments duke it out via video and in-person presentations to advocate for their select art work. The works were also on view during the evening’s festive deliberations. In the end, three major works were selected: a contemporary painting “Down Time” by street artist-turned-pop painter KAWS, whose High exhibit opens Feb. 18; Dutch wunder-kind designer Marcel Wanders’ “Crochet Chair,” which according to the curator Sarah Schleunning “blurs the line between craft and design” for the decorative arts and design collection; and contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugumoto’s “Lightning Fields” print, created without camera or lens via electrostatic currents in the darkroom, for the photography department.

We are excited about these coveted acquisitions: each of these three artists make the LuxeCrush list, but noticing the contemporary slant of all three purchases, we’re hoping some old master or antiquities make the cut in 2013!  For more info visit

See social coverage of High Collector’s Evening here:


A video A video "graffitti" work by Idea Capital winner Jeff Demietriou

Idea Capital Gifts Grants to Local Indie Artists


Atlanta grassroots, independent arts funding group Idea Capital has awarded over $8,000 in grants to seven local artists/teams this year. Winners were selected from more than 50 entries in diverse disciplines including visual art, dance, film theater and literature and awarded to those artistic visionaries who best demonstrate innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams. This year’s winning visionaries include Black Beckham and Malina Rodriguez, who will mount a dance performance this year incorporating architectural elements and examining multiple meanings of home; The Art Officials, aka Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden, who will lampoon the art world with a star-studded documentary film premiere and book focused on Atlanta’s art scene; renegade “graffiti” artist Jeff Demietriou, who will project his videos onto public buildings; Karen Shacham who will mount photographs of unconventional couples as public art; progressive dance troupe gloATL who will offer impromptu dance classes; Roni Nicole Henderson, who will project experimental short films as “pop –up street art,” and Shelby Hofer, who will stage an interactive, mixed media performance based on a taboo subject. This year’s steering committee consisted of Cinque Hicks, DeNatalie Phillips, Felicia Feaster, Louise Shaw, Lucha Rodriguez, Mary Stanley, Oronike Odeleye, Shannon Turner and Steve Jarvis.

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