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High Museum Of Art To Highlight Self-Taught Artists With Incredible Exhibits

By Jack Rattenbury

High Museum Of Art To Highlight Self-Taught Artists With Incredible Exhibits

The High Museum of Art adds to its extensive collection with 47 works by self-taught artists from the South.

Known for continuously collecting works of art in the center of Atlanta, the High Museum of Art has added some new pieces to their ever-growing collection.

The paintings, sculptures and drawings will be followed by 26 works to be preserved at the High. All are gifts from longtime collectors Harvie and Chuck Abney.

Credit: High Museum of Art

All of the pieces were created by Southern self-taught artists including Minnie Evans, Howard Finster, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett and Nellie Mae Rowe.

The works will be on display throughout High’s stellar lineup of exhibitions. This Summer, Gatecrashers: The Rise Of The Self-Taught Artist In America will highlight three painters who became the most widely celebrated self-taught artists of the interwar period.

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John Kane, Horace Pippin, and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses will all be highlighted in the exhibition. After World War I, artists without formal training began showing their work in major museums. This exhibition will celebrate more than a dozen early twentieth-century painters who fundamentally reshaped who could be an artist in the United States, following centuries of elitism.

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You can also check out Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe which will debut in September. Based on the High’s leading collection of Rowe’s art, Really Free is the first major exhibition of her work in more than twenty years and the first to consider her practice as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the post-civil rights-era South.

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Gatecrashers opens at the High Museum of Art on August 20. Nellie Mae Rowe’s exhibition opens on September 3. 

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