Promotional materials for the exhibit correctly emphasize the most famous and intriguing work in the exhibition, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, but it would be a mistake to imagine that it's the only fascinating painting there. One of my own personal favorites is this image, a bird without a pearl earring, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius.
Sadly, the artist died at the age of 32 in an accidental explosion of gunpowder magazines in the northeast quadrant of the city of Delft in 1654, a disaster which leveled buildings and killed hundreds of people. Only a tiny handful of works can be attributed to Fabritius, but many critics consider his skill to be equal to that of Vermeer. This painting of a goldfinch, signed and dated the last year of the artist's life, is a fascinating, bittersweet glimpse at 'what might have been.'
The trompe l'oeil image is painted to scale. You have to see it in person to get the best sense of its disarming verisimilitude, but what's actually most striking about the image isn't so much its illusionism but the brilliant virtuosity of its brushwork. Somewhat unusual for trompe l'oeil, which momentarily "tricks the eye" into accepting a painted image as the real thing, the brushwork here is loose and quick, with actual strokes of paint - the quick movement of hand and brush - left visible. And somehow this technique makes the illusion seem more vivid and alive, the image more immediate and flashingly birdlike, and the former presence and personality of the artist himself somehow more palpable.
"Legendary Children" is a group show opening September 1 at Gallery 1526 exhibiting the work of five Atlanta-based photographers who document ten of the city's young drag performers. Though the show hasn't even opened yet, a few of the images have gone viral and generated some national buzz: Huffington Post, Out, Vice Magazine and several others have all featured the work in recent days.
This Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Atlanta Streets Alive will shut down a 2.7 mile section of Peachtree Street for people to use for whatever they want - including but not limited to biking, skating, break dancing, rapping, and pushing cats in strollers. The only stipulation is that people can't operate anything other than human-powered forms of transportation. (Sorry, Segway enthusiasts.) The route runs from Ellis Street, past Ponce de Leon Avenue, and ends at Spring Street.
Hat before dress - that has been our mantra as we've outfitted ourselves for the Kentucky Derby. Short of the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade and the British Royal Wedding, there is perhaps no other event that places so much emphasis on what ladies perch atop their noggins. So, we resolved early on to dress head to toe, in that order, by settling matters of the hat first and foremost - Wide-brim or fascinator? Feathers or flowers? - and choose the color and style of our outfits accordingly. If we've faltered in practice - dazzled by the perfect print and drape of a frock we spotted before proper headgear could be acquired - we're unrepentant, but no less devoted in theory to the ideal order of things: hat before dress.
The annual December show at Whitespace Gallery titled A Moveable Feast will be closing this weekend. The show which encompasses both the Whitespec and Whitespace galleries, with works from gallery artists on paper in the main gallery and work from emerging artists in the Whitespec space. In addition, artists utilized windows around the main house, transforming each one into a narrative vignette. Today and tomorrow are the last days to catch the year-ending show, more after the jump in this weekend arts agenda.
Wyatt's writing has also appeared in the Literary Review, HTMLGiant, Fanzine, Nylon, and elsewhere, and has worked on two oral history volumes, Underground America and Out of Exile, published by McSweeney's. He returns to CL after a stint at Atlanta Magazine as its deputy food editor.
"Simply put, Creative Loafing is the most essential publication in Atlanta and I'll be happy to argue with you if you disagree with me," he says. "The culture of Atlanta is a big, complicated organism, like a multi-headed dragon with Tyler Perry, Natasha Trethewey, Lauri Stallings, Arthur Blank, Don Lemon, Grant Henry, Young Jeezy, Radcliffe Bailey, and Susan Booth working together and sometimes against one another. What I'm trying to say is that cultural production is a messy, beautiful story in Atlanta. I'm hoping that we can keep trying to make sense of it. And, considering the fact that the New York Times can't write a story about the South without making us sound like a deprived cultural wasteland of yokels, I figure it's up to us to get the story right and tell it to the rest of world."
And there you have it.
Pacer, who goes by the nickname "Barefoot Bill," first donned the 18th century spectacles and puffy shirt eight years ago. "I was hired for the Georgia Independence Day Festival to be Franklin as a walkabout character," says Pacer, who found that he enjoyed mingling with visitors in the guise of the writer, inventor, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. "Friends told me, 'Why not do a Ben Franklin show? You look just like him.' I thought it would take just six months to do the research for it, and years later, I'm still researching. Any information I find out about him on the Internet, I double and quadruple check."
Creative Loafing has been proud to cover all of these organizations over the years, and it's thrilling to see them receive the large-scale support and recognition they so richly deserve.
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