[Antique African bracelet via the High. Donated by Maureen and Harold Zarember of Tambaran Gallery.]
There's a lot to look forward to in 2013 and the High Museum of Art is one of the institutions kicking things off with a bang. Next week, the fourth annual Collectors Evening takes place Friday, January 11. At this event, participants vote on works to add to the Museum's permanent collection. Bringing another dimension to the evening this year will be the Live Auction with curator-chosen art and decorative pieces such as the 19th-century African bracelet pictured above. Crafted by an Akan/Asante metal-smith, it's from Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast) and represents a mash-up of African and European aesthetics. (According to the High, the ball-tip form is European while the organic, bud-like decoration is decidedly Akan/Asante.)
[Gogo Palm Frond Cuff]
[In celebration of the Gogo Ferguson show, objects including this Alpaca Cockle Shell spoon will be available in the High's gift shop.]
Georgia's own designer Gogo Ferguson is drawn to metal, too. Shortly after Collectors Evening, the previously posted exhibition, Gogo: Nature Transformed opens at the High January 19. I think it's going to be interesting to look back at the evolution of her designs -- always connected in some way to the wild and to Cumberland Island -- but I also can't wait to see her new sea urchin-inspired ottoman and six by eight foot seaweed-inspired wall sculpture installed by curator Sarah Schleuning.
[Frida Kahlo via Haskell Harris]
[Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665, Canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, inv. no. 670.]
And there's more. More sumptuous objects. More fascinating women at the High. Frida Kahlo comes to the Museum in February when Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting debuts in the U.S. on Valentine's Day, February 14. Next, Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring arrives in June as part of an exhibition that explores scenes of everyday life -- the small but powerful moments -- in Dutch painting.
[Doris Duke and James Cromwell by the Jali Pavilion at Shangri La, 1939.
Photo by Martin Munkacsi, copyright The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.]
Doris Duke isn't coming to Atlanta (disappointed sigh) but she will be in Florida when the landmark exhibition centered around her historic, East-Meets-West Modernist Hawaii house, Doris Duke's Shangri La, opens at the Norton in Palm Beach. The show first opened to the public last year, during Duke's centennial. Here's some background, in case you missed it.
[Image via Tory Burch]
I know the exhibition is still causing me to think of Duke's exquisite carved marble jalis everywhere I turn.
[Click to enlarge. Specially commissioned marble jali for master suite. Photo ©Tim Street-Porter from Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise, Skira Rizzoli, 2012. Image published here with written permission from the photographer and book publisher.]
Btw, in her resort collection, Tory Burch uses not only lacey white patterns but also blue-and-white, which of course calls to mind the MFA's upcoming show.
[Woman's shoes by Rodarte, 2011. MFA, Boston.]