Breman Museum hosting first art exhibition | Northside / Sandy Springs Neighbor

In its 21-year existence, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum’s exhibitions have been all about history. Not anymore.

The Midtown venue’s latest one, “Atlanta Collects,” is a two-part exhibition featuring art from private collections. The first segment, “Treasures from Atlanta’s Homes,” took place Dec. 5 through Feb. 26 and featured art from the 1800s through the end of the 20th century. The second phase, “Treasures from Atlanta’s Private Collectors,” showcases contemporary works created after 2000, opened March 12 and closes June 11.

“Sadly, Atlanta has a bit of a reputation of being not a terribly sophisticated art town, so one of our goals with this exhibition was to showcase Jewish contributions to the visual arts,” Breman Executive Director Aaron Berger said of the museum’s first fine arts exhibition. “So it was also a secondary goal was to allow people the opportunity to see works of art that are from private collections that have never been exhibited before.”

The second phase includes rarely viewed works by Chuck Close, Thornton Dial, Laurie Lambrecht, Radcliffe Bailey and others. Berger said the museum had hoped to have artwork from 12 collectors but got pieces from 35, spurning it to break the exhibition into two segments.

“The first part was for artists from 1800 to 1990, including Degas, Warhol and Wyeth. It was a who’s who of art history,” he said. “The new one … is more focused on the art of the now. What is the art of today? What are the emerging artists out there?”

The exhibition’s guest curator is William Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens.

“The contemporary show highlights works for the 21st century, art of our time, of this generation,”…

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