Visual Arts: Benny Andrews 

Tues., July 24

Born in Plainview, Ga., Benny Andrews was the child of sharecroppers. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and went on to the Art Institute of Chicago on the GI Bill. A distinguished career in the arts followed, often spent advocating for other artists and the value of making art accessible to all. Andrews died last fall, but his contribution to American art endures in his kinetic, fluid figurative collages, prints, paintings and drawings (including "Transformation Study," pictured). Here his pool players and jazz musicians are all elbows and kneecaps and long, lanky appendages. Though he moved to New York in 1958, he continued to draw inspiration from his rural roots. His work collected by Georgians is featured in the MOCA-GA exhibition BENNY ANDREWS: A GEORGIA ARTIST COMES HOME on view through Sat., SEPT. 15. Free-$5. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1447 Peachtree Road, Suite 101. 404-881-1109. www.mocaga.org.

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