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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Culture Grab: This week's links to local and national A&E matters

Amber Got her Girls Back And Now They Live In  The Abandoned Restaurant by Chris Verene.
  • Photo Credit: MarciaWoodGallery.com
  • "Amber Got her Girls Back And Now They Live In The Abandoned Restaurant" by Chris Verene.
ArtsCriticATL's contributing writer Jason Francisco reviews Chris Verene's new show Family. The exhibit, currently at Marcia Wood Gallery, features a quarter century's worth of photographs Verene took of his extended family in Illinois. Francisco calls Verene "a tragedian without an underlying faith in tragedy." [ArtsCriticATL]

New York Times Magazine praised
Atlanta's cultural scene this week with shout outs to the High Museum of Art's Peter Sekaer exhibit, the Dust to Digital record label, and Michael Schmelling’s forthcoming book Atlanta, which chronicles the "city’s ever-shifting hip-hop landscape" in photographs. The mag says the local art scenes "exert an illuminating influence over the rest of the country’s cultural landscape." [NY Times Magazine]

Local artist Gyun Hur asks the question, "How do we make this city of Atlanta a great center of arts and culture?" The answer, she suggests? "Consider staying in Atlanta." An analysis on why Atlanta has the potential of becoming a great city of arts, who the latest local visionaries are and why its worth giving this city a shot. [Gyun Hur]

From local artist Kenn Two Four hiding art around town, to Flux Projects' Momentary Performances series, art's popping up in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Art Nouveau Magazine's Kendrick Daye is wondering who's responsible for this "surreal stencil" in Midtown. [Art Nouveau Mag]

What are the 100 greatest novels of all time? The Guardian UK satisfies literary gluttons and anorexics alike with extracts of six of the best novels of all time, according to journalist/author John Crace, who just wrote a book on the subject. Authors who made the cut include Vladmir Nabokov and Aldous Huxley. Noticeably absent on the list, J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. [Guardian UK]

Quadrennial: Greater Decatur (QGDD 2010) at Agnes Scott's Dalton Gallery features eight artists, including Jonathan Bouknight and Matt Haffner. BURNAWAY's Kombo Chapfika thinks the show has "no clear thematic parallels" but "benefits from the clear distinction between the artists." [BURNAWAY.org]

The Daily Beast speaks with some of the graphic artists responsible for melding pop art with audience-favorite TV series, such as Mad Men and Dexter, and takes a closer look at the blending a seasoned technique with the future of art and the influence of new media. Added bonus, a gallery of art based on TV shows. [The Daily Beast]

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