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Poets, Artists & Madmen



Atlanta’s cultural scene is a mirror image of the city itself: bustling with talent, flush with options, more than a little bit transient, certainly far-flung, but always full of surprises. There is a little bit of this over here, a little bit of that over there. There are all these seemingly disparate pieces, but without much of a unifying element.

So it goes in the cultural life of a still-growing New South city, where there will often be something old (the Fox Theatre), something new (BEEP BEEP Gallery), something borrowed (the High’s Louvre exhibit) and something that might just blow you away (take your pick). This year’s winners show that we are, indeed, a city that is alternately changing and staying the same. Sometimes it’s both; what could be hipper than hanging out at that old battle axe of a drive-in, the Starlight? How cool is it to see an artist as red-hot as a Radcliffe Bailey or a Fahamu Pecou at the traditional High Museum?

We have a population just large enough to support the gonzo stylings of spoken-word guru the Subliminator one night and a theatrical tribute to the late newspaper columnist Celestine Sibley the next. With one foot in the past and another in the future, Atlanta’s cultural scene may be a bit of a balancing act, but it’s fun to watch straddle.

— David Lee Simmons

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Jody Fausett
Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead in his memorable images of dead foxes, bobcats and other fauna hanging out in suburban living rooms. Fausett's works merge a brooding sci-fi ambiancemore...
Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead in his memorable images of dead foxes, bobcats and other fauna hanging out in suburban living rooms. Fausett's works merge a brooding sci-fi ambiance and David Lynch gothic into a haunting body of work. A fashion photographer by day who recently re-emigrated from Manhattan to the land of his birth, Fausett has milked the mysterious South for everything it's worth. Locals appear to be paying attention, because Fausett's photographs have received some serious play, showing up at venues across the city, including Whitespace and StudioSwan at Serenbe. less...

Best Gallery for Kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org Anyone who

Best New Takes on David Mamet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Neal Ghant
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actormore...
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actor NEAL GHANT redefined the role, embodying the character's challenge to the old-guard power structure without ever making the casting seem like a gimmick. Ghant played another young Turk in Mamet's comedy A Life in the Theatre for Theatre in the Square, and proved similarly deft at alternating between menace, respect and a mesmerizing ability to "sell" less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted thismore...
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box's macabre tour through the work of one of America's most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe's verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you've never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from "The Raven," less...

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationallymore...
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM'S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of "trash" less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Fahamu Pecou
Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city's art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year's eclectic Talent Show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a "60 Minutes"

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Radcliffe Bailey
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projectsmore...
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projects this year at Solomon Projects and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. He also collaborated with Alejandro Aguilera for a show at Emory University's Visual Arts Gallery. Bailey even showed off some of his own art collection this year when he loaned photographs by Mali portraitist Malick Sidible to the High Museum. http://www.solomonprojects.com/artistpage/bailey/about.html less...

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Suellen Parker
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culturemore...
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culture of beauty to human loneliness. With disquieting content and technique to burn, she's one of the city's most visible - and most interesting - artists. www.suellenparker.com less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center.more...
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt's photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...

Mara Davis: My Favorite Place to Improv BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Dad's Garage
I grew up with a love of theater. My mother was a theater major in college and would take me to New York every year to catch a show. I studied theater at a small college outside Boston and after moving to Atlanta in 1994, even tried out for an improv troupe. It was the most horrifying experience of mymore...
I grew up with a love of theater. My mother was a theater major in college and would take me to New York every year to catch a show. I studied theater at a small college outside Boston and after moving to Atlanta in 1994, even tried out for an improv troupe. It was the most horrifying experience of my life, because I wasn't prepared. And after catching DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE with some friends, I became a huge fan. Once they did a stage production of "Debbie Does Dallas". You just have to love the idea of doing a porno on stage knowing they're not going to do anything on stage; it had these great jokes about the porno industry including, of course, bad acting. There's no theater district in Atlanta, but there are so many of these hidden gems that some people don't know about. In Atlanta, there's always something cool going on; you just have to look a little harder to find it. But places like Dad's Garage are worth the search. " As told to David Lee Simmons" less...


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