All I can say is that Julian Cox must be a force to be reckoned within the circle of decision makers at the High. His latest coup: New Photography a massive exhibition that takes up the entire second floor of the new wing. The show features two Atlanta phtographers: Angela West and Ruth Dusselaut as well as international stars Taryn Simon and
Sze Tsung Leong. Each artist is really given a complete solo exhibition and Cox has done a fine job of not only selecting photographers whose works compliment one another but also in the individual selections of the works themselves whose context within the entire exhibiton I found particularly interesting. Last Thursday at the opening reception, Atlanta collectors' jaws hit the floor over Simon's stunningly rich color photos. The intensity and depth of the color and lighting made these portriats of wrongly-convicted murderers photographed at the scene-of-the-crime-they-didn't-commit seem highly theatrical...its probaly the look that Gregory Crewdson is going for but can never really get.
Simon's images are real show stoppers but I am a bit critical of their overall theme...it seems more clever than complex...the irony of the situation is impossible to capture. Nonetheless they are riveting portraits. For the money though..I prefer Katy Grannan.
I also like Angela West's work which consists of landscapes mixed with images of her father. When one sees West's separate bodies of work shown together (as it was at Emory earlier this year), you start to get an overall clearer sense of what she is exploring. It's one of West's better talents: her bodies of work stand together well on their own but also add to the understanding and complexity of other bodies of her work. For instance, her recent corsage pieces add another layer of interest to her Sweet Sixteen series...at least in my mind.
Also on view at the High is Nan Goldin's Cookie Mueller portfolio which was donated to the museum earlier this year. I had the pleasure of a private viewing of the porfolio earlier this year. It's worth a visit to the museum alone.