The latest exhibition at the High Museum of Art, European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection, gives visitors a glimpse of some iconic works of European modernism from the region’s most prolific Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, and Cubist artists.
High Museum of Art
Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is one of the top art museums in the Southeast, with more than 15,000 pieces of artwork in its permanent collection. Throughout the year, the High hosts Free Second Sundays where they offer free admission to the museum’s exhibits on the second Sunday of each month. This is my favorite time to go to the High; though the museum can be crowded, it’s usually best to go early after the museum opens to avoid the crowds.
Last year, the High finished up a renovation and reinstallation of its permanent collection that added new pieces and reorganized the flow of the museum. Currently on exhibit are European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection and Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads.
European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection
(Dancers at the Barre, Degas)
Duncan Phillips opened the first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, in Washington D.C. in 1921. He grouped artists, starting with nineteenth-century influences, by their aesthetic temperament in an attempt to “trace their common descent from old masters who anticipated modern ideas.”
(Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles, Van Gogh)
The European Masterworks exhibit features iconic works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, and Cubist artists such as Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Manet, and Monet, who is my favorite artist.
(The Road to Vétheuil, Monet)
The High is the only museum in the Southeast to show these 75 iconic paintings and sculptures from the first museum of modern art in the United States.
European Masterworks is on view at the High through July 14, 2019.
Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads
In the 1980s, poet Jonathan Williams invited photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley on a roadtrip through the Southeastern United States to document the strange and beautiful artwork of self-taught artists in the region. They compiled their photographs and reflections in a guidebook entitled Walks to the Paradise Garden.
Way Out There maps their journey through the funny, the moving, and the sometimes appalling art of the Southeast. If you’ve seen any of my posts on my Georgia roadside roadtrips (like this one or this one) , you’ll know I love all the weird and cooky muffler men, murals, and statues that you can find in the South.
Way Out There is on view at the High through May 19, 2019.
What’s your favorite exhibition at the High Museum of Art? Let me know in the comments!