The High Museum of Art isn’t the only Georgia museum hoping to draw visitors with marquee names. The Georgia Museum of Art will have work by some of the 20th century’s best known abstract artists on view this fall.
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“Cercle et Carre and the International Spirit of Abstract Art.”
Oct. 12-Jan. 5. Georgia Museum of Art. Located on the campus of the University of Georgia, the museum has been the official state museum of art since 1982. It moved to its current home in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex in 1996. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. Free, suggested donation $3. 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens. 706-542-4662, georgiamuseum.org.
NOW ON VIEW
Pick of the Kiln: The Work of Michael SimonThrough Sept. 8. This exhibition features ceramic works that reveal the progression of Athens artist Michael Simon’s work over the course of his career. Simon began selecting one object after each firing later in his career after sending previous work to exhibitions, shops and fairs for almost a decade without keeping any. The exhibition features dozens of objects, some that simply appealed to Simon and other because they represent a desired form. Simon’s body of work features mostly functional objects. His interest in pottery originates from the role that pots play within the household, serving a utilitarian purpose such as food preparation, serving and storage. Sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.
Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey TaylorThrough Sept. 15. Original, creative, bold, athletic and gracious, Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1909–2007) was a recognized American tastemaker and accomplished sportswoman. Regularly featured in publications such as Vogue, Town and Country and Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor was known for her beauty, love of adventure and theatrical dash. In 2008, her extraordinary wardrobe of custom-made couture and personally designed sporting ensembles was donated to the Phoenix Museum of Art by Vernon Taylor Jr. and his family of Denver. Selected by Art and Antiques magazine as one of the top 100 art museum gifts of 2008, Taylor’s impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 1960s, including Charles James, Madame Gres, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Fortuny. It is significant for both the quality of the designers and depth, as the numerous examples allow for a comprehensive look at each designer’s artistic process. Organized by the Phoenix Art Museum, “Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor” features more than 60 full ensembles and accessories that provide a comprehensive look at the wardrobe of a dynamic and sophisticated woman. Often designed by Taylor herself, the clothes demonstrate a refined personal style reflective of her outdoor savvy and gracious indoor elegance. Sponsored by the Adsmith, Agora, Global Escapes, Sonia Says, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.
Recent AcquisitionsThrough Oct. 6. This exhibition highlights some works that have recently entered the collection, including gifts from Amalia Amaki, Gordon W. Bailey, Phillip and Juanita Greenspan, George-Ann Knox and Larry and Brenda Thompson. Artists featured include Casper Banjo, Chuck Close, Philip Guston, Winslow Homer, Clare Leighton, O.L. Samuels and Hale Woodruff. Sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.