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Best peek into an art collector's vault: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Curator Stuart Horodner’s 11th-hour tour de force MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center reminded us of the old haberdasher’s saying: “It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it.” Replacing a show canceled at the last minute, Horodner scoured local private art collections for all things extraordinary, disturbing and worthy of a double-take. The search produced classics such as Salvador Dalí drawings as well as contemporary work by artists with an international reputation such as Radcliffe Bailey and Erwin Wurm. Breathtaking in its scope, the real magic happened when the works were combined in the space with a precise and knowing eye. Mergers & Acquisitions was a high-water mark in the institution’s programming that told a story of art in the local ecology far larger than the sum of its parts. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org.

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