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Galleries and museums burst with fall colors

1 Despite a revolving door of curators, the Atlanta College of Art Gallery has brought an amazing array of nationally and internationally known artists to Atlanta. Let's hope a solo show from Spanish-born, New York-based artist Isidro Blasco (Sept. 14-Oct. 26) is a sign of SCAD-Atlanta's determination to continue a tradition of sophisticated work now that it has taken over the ACA Gallery. Blasco creates trippy, Cubist-style collaged photographs that bring matters of vision and perception to bear on the physical reality of architecture.

Atlanta College of Art Gallery of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St.

2 Kiang Gallery's exhibition of contemporary photographer Sze Tsung Leong last year was a marvel. This year, Kiang is showing another contemporary artist, Zhang Dali, in A Second History (Sept. 14-Oct. 30), which contrasts the doctored "official" photos created under Mao with the original undoctored negatives discovered by the artist. Dali's work will appear at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts.

Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-2787.

3 One of the more promising exhibitions in this year's Atlanta Celebrates Photography annual citywide event is a lecture and exhibition by New York photographer Sylvia Plachy. Plachy's kinetic, from-the-hip images will appear at Mason Murer Fine Art (Sept. 15-Nov. 4) following a lecture by the artist at the High Museum's Hill Auditorium (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.). (For an interview with Plachy, see Arts.)

Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. 404-879-1500.

4 The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center revs up this fall with a pair of provocative solo shows (Oct. 13-Dec. 9). London's Matt Bryans, whose collages were shown last year at the Tate Modern, creates large installations from manipulated newspaper photographs. And Houston-based photographer Demetrius Oliver imprints his own body with a host of visual cues that reference everything from American history to the literature of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. 404-688-1970.

5 Hands down the most huggable gallery out there, Young Blood in Grant Park this fall will feature a group show "of stuffed and stitched." The Plush Show (Nov. 4-26) is devoted to those cuddly, indie-crafter and artist-made huggables. Participating artists are planning a giant installation piece that will feature an outdoor theme and paths to walk through, undoubtedly to get viewers deeper into the plush view of the world.

Young Blood Gallery & Boutique, 629 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-0393.

6 Savannah artist Michael Scoggins (Nov. 4-Jan. 13) creates hilarious large works on paper that mimic the look of doodles and class assignments ripped from an elementary-school notebook. In the past, Scoggins' pieces have hinted at the anxiety and suppressed rage exhibited in children's drawings. But this solo show finds the artist moving into work animated by adult-world politics.

Saltworks Gallery, 635 Angier Ave. 404-876-8000.

7 One of the highest-profile events this fall will be the beginning of the three-year collaboration between the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the High Museum, which opens with Kings as Collectors (Oct. 14, 2006-Sept. 2, 2007) and The King's Drawings (Oct. 14, 2006-Jan. 28, 2007). But the most fun to be had during the inaugural exhibitions may be a revisiting of the museum's popular "Gogh All Night" event. From 10 a.m. Fri., Nov. 24 to 6 a.m. Sat., Nov. 25, visitors can literally spend the night at the High, where they can look at the Louvre exhibitions, try their hand at French trivia and enjoy an all-night movie marathon.

High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-HIGH.

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