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April 30 - May 29

The spring show at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art focuses on artists who express their unique humour through their artwork. This invitational show, called Funny Bones: A Collection of Folk Art Wit, will include collage paintings of Southern characters by Lucy Hunnicutt, quirky antique assemblages by Melissa Menzer, repurposed toy sculptures by Anthony Pack, and tongue in cheek paintings by Jane Theis.

Jeanine Taylor has turned curating duties over to gallery manager, Mary Shaw who conceived of the show concept. "All the artists invited to participate had to pass the LOL test. If their artwork makes me laugh out loud when I see it, I know it's a good fit. We don't take ourselves too seriously here, and folk art has its share of colorful characters. I think using humor is a great vehicle for entering the art world, whether you're a fan of folk art or not."

JEANINE TAYLOR FOLK ART
211 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771
www.jtfolkart.com

May 6 - June 12 

The exhibition 'Do You No Me : Mary T. Smith and B. Thom StevensonD' pairs paintings by Southern self-taught artist, Mary T. Smith with the work of Brooklyn, NY artist, B. Thom Stevenson. The title of the show, which opens on Friday, May 6th and runs through June 12th, 2016, is appropriated from a painting by Smith and poses the very simple, twofold question: Do You No (sic) Me?

Do You No Me is the first in a series of shows called Split. These exhibitions match self-taught and emerging contemporary artists who unconsciously share affinities, themes, materials or intent.

SHRINE
191 Henry Street, NYC 10002
www.shrine.nyc

Mar 30 – Aug 26

L’Esprit Singulier [Single Mind] will be presenting over 2500 works gathered over 3 decades by Jean-Claude Volot, including featured works by Josée Francisco Abello Vives, Philippe Dereux and self taught artists Louis Pons, Michel Macréau and others.

HALLE SAINT PIERRE
2, rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, FRANCE
www.hallesaintpierre.org

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT GIFT FROM THE GORDON W. BAILEY COLLECTION

The High Museum of Art is pleased to announce an important gift of 47 artworks from collector, scholar and advocate Gordon W. Bailey.

This is Bailey’s third substantial gift to the High and underscores his commitment to helping build the Museum’s collection, which is recognized as one of the world’s most significant public repositories of work by American self-taught artists. Since 2010, Bailey has donated more than 80 works of art to the High, including masterworks by Sam Doyle and Josephus Farmer. This gift adds particular strength to the Museum’s holdings of American contemporary art and works by African American and Southern artists.

Comprising paintings, sculpture and works on paper, Bailey’s 2016 gift features such renowned artists as Leroy Almon, Burlon Craig, Arthur Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Roy Ferdinand, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Elijah Pierce, Herbert Singleton and Purvis Young. All of the artists represented in the gift are Southern and self-taught and the majority are African American.

The High will celebrate the gift with an exhibition opening this spring titled “A Cut Above: Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection” (May 14 through Oct. 30, 2016).

“The High was among the first museums in the nation to make an institutional commitment to Southern self-taught artists,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director. “Without question, Mr. Bailey’s gift builds strength on strength, adds emphasis to our commitment to inclusivity and further enhances the High’s embrace of important and underrepresented artists.”

Katherine Jentleson, the High’s Merrie and Dan Boone curator of folk and self-taught art, said, “I am so grateful to Mr. Bailey for his prodigious commitment to fostering the appreciation of some of the most important but marginalized artists of the past century. His generous gift pushes the High’s collection to a new tier, both in quality and quantity. It also makes possible exhibitions like ‘A Cut Above,’ which will give our audiences an unprecedented opportunity to consider how self-taught artists respond to a varied material like wood, creating majestic works of art that range from relief carving to root sculpture.”

“A Cut Above” will feature more than 25 wood carvings and constructions drawn from the artworks Bailey has donated to the High over the past six years. The exhibition will place particular focus on Almon, a Georgia artist whose carving tools and teaching tablets—on view alongside his wood bas reliefs—give intimate insight into his process. Other key works featured in the exhibition will include Pierce’s reverent tribute to Henry “Hank” Aaron and his wife, Billye. Pierce created the carved wood portrait in 1974 to honor Aaron on the occasion of his historic 715th home run, which eclipsed Babe Ruth’s longstanding record. Expressive life-size animals carved by O. L. Samuels and Raymond Coins and superb works created by Charles Butler, Ralph Griffin, James Harold Jennings, W. C. Owens and Sulton Rogers will also be on view.

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
www.high.org