Apropos of our recent discussion of mainstreaming graffiti art comes this announcement from the High Museum of Art. Brian Donnolly, who began his career as street artist KAWS, will festoon the museum with a 22-foot-high mural in the Wieland Pavilion lobby, a 24-foot-long triptych in the Stent Wing Atrium and the monumental sculpture “Companion,” which will be installed on the museum’s piazza on November 18. “KAWS: Down Time,” which features new drawings, paintings and sculptures in the galleries, will run from February 18 to May 27, 2012.
“Brian is a wonderful young artist whom I met last year, though our paths have been crossing for a couple of years, since we have many shared interests including the work of artists like H.C. Westermann and Peter Saul,” says curator Michael Rooks. “His paintings are incredibly seductive and formally complex. After meeting with him in his studio, I was struck by the jarring beauty of his work and his insatiable curiosity and commitment to art, both his own practice and the work of his peers and forebears.”
Meanwhile, the museum has just acquired “China Gates,” a large drawing by Atlanta street artist Brandon Sadler.
Attention, arts organizations and creative enterprises. You are invited to learn about ArtsReady, a Web-based platform designed to help you weather crises that could threaten your future, from hurricane damage to computer system failure. South Arts, which designed the program with the University of California at Berkeley, and New York-based Fractured Atlas will debut this national initiative in a free webcast on Thursday, September 15, at 1 p.m.
Available to both nonprofit arts organizations and for-profit arts ventures, it includes such features as risk assessment, a self-paced action plan, cloud-based critical data storage and a Battle Buddy Network for proxy support from other arts organizations.For more information, visit ArtsReady or South Arts.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the annual cornucopia of exhibitions, speakers and many other things photographic, has published its festival guide. You can see it online here or pick up a printed copy at the office.
FLUX 2011, the city’s annual one-night arts extravaganza, encompassing projections, multimedia installations, dance, theater, music, sound-and-light installations, parades, puppetry and a fireworks-cum-iron pour as the grand finale, will take place Friday, September 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Apart from being larger this year, an important change, says Flux Projects Executive Director Anne Dennington, is that everything will be continuous; in other words, no running hither and yon trying to catch a one-time performance. See the website for a rundown on the 30-plus projects and other details.