Several months ago, I started seeing billboards around Atlanta, advertising the High Museum of Art's newest special exhibit, Picasso to Warhol. Being a loyal fan of both of these iconic artists (I mean, really, my cat is even named "Picasso"), I knew I simply HAD to go to this exhibit. I couldn't help but wonder who made up the "to" between the names, "Picasso" and "Warhol", so I started doing my research. The exhibit consists of the works of 14 contemporary artists, all from the 20th century: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Giorgio De Chirico, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Joan Miró, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns and last but certainly not least, Andy Warhol. I was surprised that I was only familiar with just less than half of the aforementioned artists, so I did a little homework, diving into their works of art-- I wanted to know what I was looking at before I showed up. It's funny, because I recognized many of the pieces, but never knew the artist behind them. Walking into the exhibit, I was greeted by Picasso's Girl Before a Mirror (above), a vibrant abstract-- what a perfect way to set the tone. This was followed by breathtaking pieces by Jackson Pollock-- what really pulled me in with some of his pieces was the fact that I could see his hand prints around the edges... I could really envision him standing over his canvas, stretched across his studio floor, dripping paint across his work and getting down, closer, to add his personal touch. Oh, to have been present for such things. Matisse was next. The High Museum had an impressive collection of his art on display, many pieces I recognized were present, but the one that I loved most was a collage of cut paper in stripes of bright colors with black cutouts of a woman's eyes near the top. I believe it was a cover he did for a catalog or magazine... called Exhibitionist, maybe? If they'd had a print of it for sale, I would have bought it in a heartbeat... I can't even find it online now... kills me (so keep an eye out for me, will ya?). I was later greeted by the brilliant mobiles constructed by Alexander Calder. His work was one which I referred to earlier-- I'd seen pieces before, but never took the time to learn who had made them. Now I know and I'm so glad I do. I glided through the exhibits of several other artists (I won't go into detail with each and every one) until I got to the part I was most anticipating: Andy Warhol. An entire room was dedicated to Warhol's creations. Walking in, the first thing I noticed was a set-up in the middle of his iconic Brillo boxes. Looking around, they had all 32 of his Campbell's soup paintings (above), his S&H Green Stamps and of course, his infamous self portrait (above). I was so overwhelmed with joy to see these great works in person and I can see how they shaped our world today. I highly recommend making the trek down to the High Museum of Art to see them for yourself while they're in Atlanta. The exhibit lasts until April 29, 2012.
Visit the High Museum of Art's webpage: http://www.high.org/
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