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Visual Art: Talent Show 

Fri., June 15

Whether done by NYC's Whitney Museum or the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, biennials are always contentious affairs. The Contemporary's current biennial, TALENT SHOW, is no exception, delivering a mixed bag on view through Sat., AUG. 11. Some of the standouts have the two things Atlanta surely needs more of: political vitriol and humor. It's hard to know whether to chuckle or hurl over Louise Merlyn's collage collisions of celebrity culture and painful historical images. Ditto Ben Roosevelt's street-art style decals mixing the banal and the disturbing (pictured). Finally, Fahamu Pecou's video bolstering the artist's own cult of personality is, to adopt his own vernacular, "the shit." $3-$5. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org.

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