What to see in Atlanta this month

on my recent annual visit with my sister, Chery Baird, who lives in Atlanta, we spent a day visiting the High Museum, and several galleries.

although i saw a few interesting paintings, many of the galleries were showing rather tepid work. pale color, relaxing quiet abstractions… perhaps because it is summer.

the main draw of the day was an extensive show comparing works by two 20th century masters: Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso at the High Museum.

although the two artists only met in person a couple of times, their work influenced the other substantially. seeing the influences laid out in a beautifully presented, and well-documented exhibit was a thrill!

overall, i vastly preferred the Calder’s on view. the Picasso paintings kept disappointing me because he would add an iconized “smiley face” onto a beautifully composed abstract – ruining it for me.

below i show two examples of an excellent (without the smiley face) and so-so (with the smiley face) version of one of Picasso’s paintings in the exhibit. you may or may not agree with me.

another portrait – much more abstract, was more disturbing emotionally, but much more satisfying.

Calder by contract, i found consistently amusing, and transporting.

so if you are anywhere near Atlanta (the last day is september 19) be sure to stop by!

Shared By: Jay Zerbe

A full-time artist with 50+ years of working experience, Jay Zerbe continues to create original abstract work inStudio as well as developing and instructing art courses and hosting webCasts on artistVenu.

In addition, Jay teaches part-time at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN.

@peepso_user_337(Debi Slowey-Raguso)
Enjoyed this. Thanks.
@peepso_user_31(Denise Durak)
I think perhaps part of the boredom with Picasso is (well I don't know this for sure) I am guess he is much more familiar to you than Calder. Calder is more… Read more
@peepso_user_31(Denise Durak)
@peepso_user_22(Jay Zerbe) Oh, I See. Rather like how the Beachboys and the Beatles lives intersected "transalantic" and influenced one another's… Read more
@peepso_user_22(Jay Zerbe)
@peepso_user_31(Denise Durak) exactly.
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