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FEATURE ARTICLES

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FLOODED PAINTINGS | BARNABY FURNAS

For his installation at 375 Hudson, Barnaby Furnas created new monumental abstract paintings that resemble giant brush strokes or wall-sized spills, but their origins actually lie in figurative depictions of biblical scenes.

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BENEFIT ART AUCTIONS A BOON TO NONPROFIT GROUPS . . . BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ARTISTS?

Benefit art auctions are fun, boozy-schmoozy affairs where cocktail-sipping artists, collectors, dealers, museum professionals and window-shoppers mingle and the scent of money is in the air. But they’re not so good for the artists who are asked to donate work but are unable to deduct the market value of their charitable contributions.

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ON CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND GLASS HOUSES

Occasionally in the art world, you’ll hear some noise about conflicts of interest, despite the fact that the art world is rife with conflicts of interest. Small, grassroots organizations might run into conflicts more often, since they tend to fly under the radar and rely on the generosity of almost anyone. Atlanta's art world, for one, is a small pond of dedicated art lovers who do a lot with very little.

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WANGECHI MUTU: TERRIBLE BEAUTY

In her six-year survey "This You Call Civilization?," the Nigerian-born artist ironically underscores the violence and oppression that "civilization" often entails. Her gorgeous and complex collage paintings are often concerned with exoticized African women and hypersexualized African-American women.

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AMISTAD AND AFTER

Hale Woodruff's newly restored Talladega murals begin a three-year, eight-venue tour at the High Museum in Atlanta. (The Magazine Antiques, Sept/Oct 2012)

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THE PRODUCERS

Inspired by a variety of films and television shows, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy make playful multimedia works that tap into a collective pop-culture nostalgia.

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STAND-UP ARTIST

The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is known for humorous works that require viewer participation. He calls himself a sculptor, though people might be more inclined to call what he does performance, and what viewers usually see are videos, photos and drawings.

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A-Z AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Living in Joshua Tree, Andrea Zittel has sought to redesign art and life in experimental works that include handmade clothing, architectural living units, breeding projects and recycling systems.

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THE FINCH EFFECT

Spencer Finch's deceptively minimalist works are stripped down in appearance, but not content. He often deals with memory and perception, attempting to recreate, for example, the wind at Walden Pond or the light quality of Homer's "rosy-fingered dawn."

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SOUL SEARCHING ON MORELAND AVENUE

You know that sign on Moreland just south of I-20 that says “What Is Your” on one side and “Soul Purpose” on the other, right next to the giant hatted chicken at the Jamaican place? “I assumed it used to be a soul food restaurant, said a colleague of mine — a good guess, this being Atlanta and it being at the top of a gauntlet of fast food restaurants.

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WELCOME TO BLANDTOWN

A new artwork by Gregor Turk succinctly and cleverly comments on Atlanta’s continuously changing landscape and what gets lost in the city’s frenzied bursts of development as homes and longtime structures are razed to make way for mixed-use developments, apartments and lookalike tract homes.

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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE (REPORT FROM COLORADO)

The opening of the Denver Art Museum's new building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, provided an opportunity to check out the city's art scene, with side trips to Vail and Aspen.

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