Even for the art novice, the Picasso to Warhol exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art would be considered fascinating. The High Museum, a leading art museum in the southeastern United States is found within the Woodruff Arts Center complex. My group of gal pals including Junior League of Atlanta members gathered to share this creative experience. We met at Table 1280, a restaurant located in the Woodruff Arts Center for an early dinner before walking a few steps over to the High Museum. The exhibit, featured about 100 works of art created by 20th century artists, from Pablo Picasso to Romare Bearden to Andy Warhol. The varied use of shapes, color, material and concepts were amazing.
A fellow observer must have known that I was green to this scene as he took the time to explain what made each artist so different. I will admit that by the fifth artist’s display, I began to see the fingerprints of the artist’s work. Their respective use of color and shapes made the works so unique. I stood before Picasso’s “Girl Before A Mirror” and was enlightened by the artist’s expression of this model’s reflection. I was moved by Bearden’s collage of faces and shapes used to illustrate and depict a period in American history. How modern was Warhol’s use of celebrity! Warhol showed his brilliance with the use of before and after looks of plastic surgery as a work of art or to even make it synonymous with the term celebrity.
The Picasso to Warhol exhibit is nothing short of amazing! This walk through modern creativity in portraiture and landscape would be found interesting by the art novice to the collector of fine pieces. The High Museum describes the exhibition’s artists as, “individuals who broke with tradition and expanded the idea of what art could be.” I would recommend the exhibit to the individual, couple, gal pals or any other interest groups.
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
WHEN: October 15, 2011 – April 29, 2012
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10-5 p.m.
Sundays 12-5 p.m.
Tickets: $18 for adults; $15 for seniors; $11 for children; and $5 for students