Every Tuesday, we give you our top picks for the week, from installations and sculptures to paintings, drawings, street art, photography, videos and more.
Curtis Ames: less than more. A solo exhibition by the winner of the Forward Arts Foundation’s 2018–19 Emerging Artist Award. Ames is based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Show includes the work of four finalists. April 11–May 16. Opening reception at 6 p.m. April 11. Artist talk at 3 p.m. April 13. At Swan Coach House Gallery. Read our conversation with Ames.
O Smithereens! New paintings and drawings by Atlanta artist Sarah Emerson. Each piece “blows up” the traditional landscape form. The title references the absurdity of the gun-toting Yosemite Sam and the American ode of the Walt Whitman poem Pioneers! O Pioneers! At Whitespace. Through May 4.
Spring Group Exhibition. Longtime Atlanta artist Arturo Lindsay exhibits Painted Poems: Conversations With Ntozake. Show includes work by painters Dennis Campay and Ester Wilson, photography by Kate T. Parker, mixed-media artists Larry Walker and Eleanor Neal, Hannah Ehrlich, landscape painter Matthew Peterson, Gunnar Tarsa‘s The Artist’s Journey and work from Spelman College. Opening reception at 6 p.m. April 11. Through May 18. Mason Fine Art. Free.
This week in street art. Nineteen Atlanta artists contributed to a large jigsaw puzzle mural beneath the Freedom Parkway Bridge in the Old Fourth Ward. Each artist was responsible for one free-form painting. See our column.
Photography Pop-Up Gallery. Extended through April 15. It features work by New York-based fashion photographer Landon Nordeman, Atlanta portrait and documentary photographer Jerry Siegel‘s drag queen photos and Atlanta abstractionist Spencer Sloan‘s digitally manipulated paparazzi photos. Presented by Ponce City Market and Spalding Nix Fine Art. At Ponce City Market.
Photography Pop-Up Talks. In conjunction with its show at Ponce City Market, Spalding Nix Fine Art will hold two events. Mixed-media artist Spencer Sloan talks about America’s obsession with celebrity at 6:30 p.m. April 10; Spalding Nix discusses his eight rules for collecting art at 6:30 p.m. April 11. Both events are free.