Renowned Works On Paper Collections To Be Exhibited At High Museum Of Art, Atlanta

The High Museum of Art will present two important works on paper exhibitions, "Romantic Eye: Drawings and Watercolors from the Ryals Collection" and "Intersections: Atlanta Collects Photography." "Romantic Eye" will showcase 63 watercolors and drawings from the Golden Age of British art.

"Intersections" comprises selected images from approximately a dozen Atlanta collectors that were created beginning in the early 1860s and spanning the present day that exemplify the impact of the younger collecting generation.

The Exhibition will be on view through January 7, 2007.

"Hildegard and Clyde Ryals managed to build an impressive collection of drawings and watercolors from the Golden Age of British art," said David Brenneman, Chief Curator and Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art. "We are delighted to be able to present selected masterworks from their collection to our visitors."

Romantic Eye: Drawings and Watercolors from the Ryals Collection

"Romantic Eye" will highlight 63 18th- and 19th-century British and French drawings and watercolors from the High's Hildegard and Clyde Ryals Collection. The exhibition will feature major works on paper such as George Romney's "Study for 'Mater Dolorosa,'" Thomas Gainsborough's "Wooded Landscape with Horseman Crossing a Bridge and Ruined Building" and "River Landscape" by Charles François Daubigny.

Additional artists represented include Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, David Cox, John Flaxman, John Henry Fuseli and J.M.W. Turner. The Hildegard and Clyde Ryals Collection at the High Museum of Art was established through the generous and substantial number of works donated by Hildegard Ryals to the Museum and doubles the number of European drawings in the High's permanent collection. The Ryals assembled their collection during frequent trips to London. A fully illustrated, scholarly catalogue will accompany this exhibition.

Intersections: Atlanta Collects Photography

Demonstrating the exciting range of photography collecting undertaken in the local Atlanta community, "Intersections" will include Civil War era photographs of Atlanta by George Barnard and vintage gelatin silver prints by Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank. Color images produced by established masters William Eggleston and Mitch Epstein will be presented alongside works by important younger artists such as Vik Muniz, Thomas Ruff and Katy Grannan. In the early 1970s, increased recognition of photography as a serious art form gave rise to a rapidly expanding community of collectors.

This period coincided with the formation of the High Museum's photography collection, which has grown to include more than 3,800 works. The images in "Intersections" demonstrate that Atlanta is home to a vibrant community of collectors who have taken shrewd advantage of photography's affordability relative to works in other media.

"Atlanta is home to a thriving community of photography collectors," said Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art. "I hope this exhibition will demonstrate the quality and rarity of the work in private hands, as well as the passion and vision of the collectors." -- www.high.org