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5 x 7: Michael, Louise, Daniel, Miranda, and Aaron

Left to right, Michael Rooks, Daniel Fuller, Louise Shaw, Miranda Lash, and Aaron Levi Garvey. For our new column “5×7,” we pose seven questions to five people who have similar careers, practices, or interests. For the first installment, we asked museum curators about their jobs, travel plans, and fantasies. We’re pleased to have as our…

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The End of Anxiety: Jessica Wohl’s “Letting Go”

I first encountered Jessica Wohl’s work last October at Threesquared in Nashville. That show, “Matriarchs,” featured a series of collages, that joined the sexy fingers and legs sourced from beauty magazines with implements of domesticity. Fingers reach out of afghans and clutch pearls, legs protrude from sofas, and manicured fingers wield deadly kitchen utensils. Hung…

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Art Appreciation: It All Started in Kindergarten …

Rebecca Brantley wrote this essay for the fifth session of our Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program. The session was led by Chuck Reese, founder and editor of the Bitter Southerner, and was titled “Where Does Your Work Come From?” He asked the mentees to reflect on what compels them to write, and specifically to write about…

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A Life of War: Jean Mohr at the Carter Center

“Above all, I sought to testify as a witness.” —Jean Mohr When I first saw an announcement about the current photography show at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum — “War from the Victims’ Perspective” — I anticipated the sort of harrowing images you’d expect from such an unambiguous title: immense suffering, ravaged lands,…

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What’s the Best Frame for My Art?

Dear BURNAWAY, I’m in the market for a frame. It’s for a piece of art I bought recently, but there are so many options and decisions to make. I had no idea. I’m a little overwhelmed, to be honest. What’s the best way to frame a work of art? Sincerely, Frameless J. Dear Frameless J.,…

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Chrysler Museum Curator Amy L. Brandt Has Died, Age 37

Amy L. Brandt, a young curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, died on May 15, age 37. The cause was not disclosed but was described as “a valiant health struggle.” Brandt became the Chrysler’s first curator of modern and contemporary art in 2011, just as she was completing her PhD at…

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Chrysler Museum Curator Amy L. Brandt Has Died, Age 37

Amy L. Brandt, a young curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, died on May 15, age 37. The cause was not disclosed but was described as “a valiant health struggle.” Brandt became the Chrysler’s first curator of modern and contemporary art in 2011, just as she was completing her PhD at…

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Margaret Kargbo, a Shining Presence on Atlanta’s Arts Scene, Dead at 36

UPDATE: Margaret Kargbo’s Atlanta memorial service will be tonight, May 27, at 800 East Studios in Inman Park. Doors open at 6:45. Presentation begins at 7pm and will include a jam session. Margaret and Frank Barham will both be remembered. A funeral is planned for Saturday, May 30, at 11am in Jackson, Mississippi. It will be held…

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ATL Contemporary’s Archives Go To Emory MARBL

Last night, at the Nexus Award presentation honoring High Museum curator Michael Rooks, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center director Julie Delliquanti announced that the center’s archives have been purchased by Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The stash dates back 42 years to the Contemporary’s early days, when it was called Nexus, and…

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Critic-in-Residence Eva Díaz Speaks on May 21 at MODA

Brooklyn-based Eva Díaz will discuss her new book The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and the risks and possibilities of using the concept of the “test” as a lens to produce, teach, and understand art. In the years immediately following World War II, Black Mountain College, an unaccredited…

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Suzanne Mozes on the Narrative of Place

Writer, editor, and instructor Suzanne Mozes was recently awarded an Idea Capital grant. Mozes has made a name for herself in Atlanta with her Storybuilding creative writing classes and her innovative Saturday morning writing series called Under/Over/On. Under/Over/On has taken place at diverse locations such as the Oakland Cemetery, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the…

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Bethany Collins Talks to Paul Stephen Benjamin

In March, artist Paul Stephen Benjamin sat down with Bethany Collins at the Dancing Goats coffee shop in Decatur to catch up on what she has been up to since receiving her MFA in 2012 from Georgia State University, where the two met. Collins, who is a finalist for the Hudgens Prize, to be awarded on…

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Eric Mack in Atlanta

We visited painter Eric Mack at his East Lake/Oakhurst home, which he has used as a work space since returning from a long stint in Germany. His house was filled with artworks, some dating back to his college days, ranging from small to quite large. Mack has since moved into a studio at the Westside…

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5 x 7: Michael, Louise, Daniel, Miranda, and Aaron

Left to right, Michael Rooks, Daniel Fuller, Louise Shaw, Miranda Lash, and Aaron Levi Garvey. For our new column “5×7,” we pose seven questions to five people who have similar careers, practices, or interests. For the first installment, we asked museum curators about their jobs, travel plans, and fantasies. We’re pleased to have as our…

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Art Appreciation: It All Started in Kindergarten …

Rebecca Brantley wrote this essay for the fifth session of our Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program. The session was led by Chuck Reese, founder and editor of the Bitter Southerner, and was titled “Where Does Your Work Come From?” He asked the mentees to reflect on what compels them to write, and specifically to write about…

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What’s the Best Frame for My Art?

Dear BURNAWAY, I’m in the market for a frame. It’s for a piece of art I bought recently, but there are so many options and decisions to make. I had no idea. I’m a little overwhelmed, to be honest. What’s the best way to frame a work of art? Sincerely, Frameless J. Dear Frameless J.,…

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Amandine Drouet at the Swan Coach House Gallery

Before she’d gone to get the mail, she’d been happy as an ad.  — Thomas M. Disch, “334” Amandine Drouet bedecks the Swan Coach House Gallery with what amount to the cheeriest of parti-colored shrouds imaginable in “Plastique,” her exhibition of bricolage and other work that won the Forward Arts Foundation’s 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award….

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Laila Kouri’s Object Lesson, at the LOW Museum

Contrary to first impressions, the object-based artworks in “Baloonlagoon” are not sculptures, according to artist Laila Kouri. Arguing that even the most abstract paintings have illusionistic qualities—such as color space or the presence of the artist via the brushstroke—Kouri seeks to bypass such trickery by using three-dimensional objects in a painterly manner. If, in the…

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Mining Memory: Ira Eduardovna in Richmond

Memory is a fickle thing. On the one hand, it can dupe us into believing a falsehood or even half-truth. In contrast, it can benevolently comfort us when faced with a loss. It is both individual and collective, complexly tied to things like memorial culture or psychoanalysis. On a basic level, memory enables our every…

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Nick Cave Chats with Lauri Stallings About “Up Right”

  Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been in Atlanta this week preparing for his performance Up Right, taking place at Ponce City Market this Friday through Sunday. Commissioned by Flux Projects, Up Right will feature male “practitioners” and “initiates” wearing Cave’s signature Soundsuits, colorful, elaborate ceremonial-looking costumes. Cave has collaborated with Spelman College dance professor T….

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Art On the Edge: Heather Greenway & Kevin Byrd

On an early Friday morning, I had the chance to catch up with Dashboard Co-op artists Heather Greenway and Kevin Byrd in advance of the opening of “Shifting Scapes,” a collaboration between Dashboard Co-op and the City of Duluth. Sitting in the Dash gallery on Spring Street across from the Varsity restaurant, Byrd and Greenway…

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Dancer Nicole Johnson on Duluth & Dashboard Co-op

Considering that 90% of metropolitan Atlanta’s population lives outside the City of Atlanta, Dashboard Co-op’s exhibition currently on view in Duluth, “Shifting Scapes,” is important because it has allowed Atlanta-centered artists, who normally work within a relatively small in-town cultural radius, a platform to reach portions of this larger population while leveraging the curatorial expertise…

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Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program

The Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program seeks to develop the voices of new art writers by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and connections to significantly advance and define their careers as writers. Testimonials from our first participants: My time as a mentee in the EAWMP has not only improved my ability to write…

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High School Arts Writing Intensive

This spring, BURNAWAY partnered with Hammonds House Museum and the Wren’s Nest to produce a writing mentorship program for Atlanta-area high school students. Over the course of four consecutive Saturdays in April and May, the students met for the art writing intensive. Students learned about various ways to respond to and critique art, visited MOCA GA…

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Atlanta + New Orleans

2015 Critic-in-Residence Schedule Erin Dziedzic Public Talk: MOCA GA, April 21, 7pm Eva Díaz Public Talk: MODA, May 21, 7pm Noah Simblist Public Talk: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, June 4, 7pm BURNAWAY continually seeks innovate new ways to bring national attention to local art communities. With the Critic-in-Residence program, BURNAWAY hosts arts writers in Atlanta for one-week…

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Writing Workshops

  Artists often say that writing a statement is harder than creating their work. BURNAWAY Magazine proudly presents our Artist Statement Writing Workshop series, writing workshops for emerging and mid-career artists. While a statement will not make or break an artist’s career, having a well-written and succinct statement is a tool that they can sharpen and…