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

A tragic accident has claimed the life of one of Atlanta’s promising young art professionals and community activists, Margaret Kargbo, age 36, as well as disability activist Frank Barham, 60. The two were killed around 4pm on Wednesday, May 20. Kargbo was working on the Wheel 2 Live project, for which Barham was traveling in…

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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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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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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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Amy Brandt portrait for PR, October 2011. Photo by Echard Wheeler.

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

A tragic accident has claimed the life of one of Atlanta’s promising young art professionals and community activists, Margaret Kargbo, age 36, as well as disability activist Frank Barham, 60. The two were killed around 4pm on Wednesday, May 20. Kargbo was working on the Wheel 2 Live project, for which Barham was traveling in…

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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…

Interviews

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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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Artist Talk: Dale McNeil on His Show at Tops in Memphis

On a weekday afternoon in April, I met with Dale McNeil at Tops Gallery—located in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Memphis—to discuss his current exhibition, “Material Will: Force in Form,” on view through May 31. We spoke about his singular paintings, studying painting in Memphis, and coming of age in the era of…

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How Do You Write a Good Artist’s Statement?

Dear BURNAWAY, What’s the best way to go about writing a good artist statement? Mine never turns out well. I’m no good with words, I feel like I can never say exactly what I mean when I try to write. Can you give me some pointers? Got a show in the works and need to…

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Art & Science: Drowning in a Plastic Ocean, at the CDC Museum

Out of the land of global consumerism, a river of plastic pollution flows daily into the Ocean. It infiltrates shallow bays as well as the deep waters of lanternfish, surrounds tropical islands, and draws plastic paths from Indonesia to Alaska, and from China to South America. The river feeds hungry birds, fish and whales, and…

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Does Craftsmanship Matter Anymore?

Dear BURNAWAY, I was a judge for a juried art exhibition last week. I was shocked by the level of quality of some of the work that was entered into the show. I mean … shocked. Some of it was so poorly executed I could hardly believe it was done by adults (all of it…

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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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Taravat Talepasand Toys With Our Fears, at beta pictoris in Birmingham

If there were only two things that might strike terror in the hearts of the average American, they would likely be Iran and drugs. So, Taravat Talepasand’s exhibition “Not an Arab Spring” begins from a place of wry wit and dry humor that may escape many viewers. For other viewers, the challenge may be greater…

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Resonance and Abstraction: Jered Sprecher in Gainesville

Language, as we know, is flexible, continuously expanding. Current digital trends and text are developing entirely new vocabularies of symbols, images, and affectations for declaring opinions and emotions. In tandem, there are algorithms designed to track our browsing history, creating a tailor-made advertising landscape of desirable slogans and imagery. So, just as a coherent string…

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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…