Art Deco and French Cafes Inform Atlanta’s New Culinary Hotspot, and Other News

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Atrium by Smith Hanes Studio in Atlanta. Photography by Tim Lenz

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French cafes and Art Deco buildings inform Atlanta’s new culinary hotspot.

The ambiance of French cafes and Art Deco buildings inspired the interiors of Atlanta’s new culinary hotspot, Atrium. Designed by Smith Hanes Studio, the space inside Ponce City Market features two rooms done up in tropical hues. In the cocktail-driven Parlor, local artisan Charlotte Smith’s handcrafted emerald green ceramic tiles, a reference to Roman columns and architecture, mingle with a pink-speckled terrazzo bar and hand-painted wall mural by Savannah-based artist Kipper Millsap depicting a flock of ibis birds.

The Bistro is home to the restaurant and features a more moody vibe. There, an installation of vines and hanging plants by floral designer Skye Lind are complemented by dusty-pink banquettes, teal love seats, and botanical-print curtains. On chef Cole Pate’s menu: raw bar standouts, Bang Island mussels, and pork schnitzel.

Rendering of the new Oolite Arts headquarters in Miami by Barozzi Veiga

The Miami-based nonprofit Oolite Arts will open a new headquarters in Little River.

“Oolite Arts, the Miami-based nonprofit arts hub that hosts exhibitions and provides resident artists with free studio space, is planning a massive, green new headquarters in Miami’s Little River neighborhood. Designed by Barcelona-based architecture firm Barozzi Veiga and expected to cost $30m, the new space is scheduled to open in 2024. The complex will feature environmentally-conscious strategies including harvesting rainwater, using vegetation to cool the space, using skylights to illuminate it, and incorporating solar chimneys and wind catchers to mitigate energy use. The compound is expected to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.” —[H/T The Art Newspaper]

The CFDA will launch an education program for US fashion talent about the metaverse.

“The Council of Fashion Designers of America said it will work in partnership on the program with creative consultancy 5Crypto and enlist help from The Sandbox, a blockchain-based 3D virtual world, and Polygon Studios, a gaming and NFT studio. Members will also get help if they want to take the next steps and create virtual collections or tokenized loyalty programmes. Kolb added the CFDA is looking at opportunities for itself as well.” —[H/T Business of Fashion]

“Breonna Taylor” (2020) by Amy Sherald. Image courtesy Speed Art Museum

Amy Sherald donates $1 million to fund a scholarship in Breonna Taylor’s name.

“When Amy Sherald painted the cover portrait of Breonna Taylor for Vanity Fair magazine, she knew it was a work that needed to live beyond its September 2020 issue date – and she also knew she wanted it to contribute to causes of social justice. The purchase of the painting by the Speed Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture enabled her to do both. On April 10, the University of Louisville announced that Sherald is donating $1 million to the university to fund the Brandeis Law School’s Breonna Taylor Legacy Fellowship and the Breonna Taylor Legacy Scholarship for undergraduates. The gift is the result of distributions from the trust Sherald established through the sale of the painting.” —[H/T University of Louisville News]

Black artists are leading the charge on this year’s shortlist for the coveted Turner Prize. 

“Four artists—including three women and one non-binary artist of diverse age ranges, racial and cultural backgrounds—have been shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, Tate announced on Tuesday morning. It is the first time the prestigious British art prize has featured only women and non-binary artists among the nominees, since the first all-female shortlist in 1997. Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan, and Sin Wai Kin, are the four U.K.-based artists shortlisted for the coveted prize, which will be awarded in December. An exhibition of their work will take place at Tate Liverpool from October 20 this year to March 19, 2023.” —[H/T Artnet News]

“Human One” (2021) by Beeple at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

Beeple will make his institutional debut this month at Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museum.

“Beeple, the upstart digital artist who launched the global craze for nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, among art’s most powerful brokers a year ago, will make his museum debut later this month—the ultimate sign of art-world acceptance. On April 24, the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin, Italy, will include the artist’s first sculpture, “HUMAN ONE,” in Expressions with Fractures, a sweeping survey exhibition about the ways new technologies and social ills affect the human experience.” —[H/T The Wall Street Journal

The Fearless Girl sculpture will stay standing outside the New York Stock Exchange.

“The popular “Fearless Girl” sculpture will continue to stand outside the New York Stock Exchange after city officials voted on Monday to extend the sculpture’s temporary permit for 11 months. This decision comes with the stipulation that the city, the owner of the sculpture and the artist return in six months with a process for deciding the artwork’s ultimate fate. While the vote has resolved worries in the short term, critics continue to question how the bronze sculpture circumvented the city’s normal public art process for five years.” —[H/T The New York Times]

Frida Kahlo pebble portrait by Justin Bateman

Today’s attractive distractions:

Would you take a spin on Colin Jost and Pete Davidson’s Staten Island Ferry?

An artist painstakingly recreates an iconic portrait of Frida Kahlo using pebbles.

TikTok’s ad revenue in 2022 surpasses that of Twitter and Snapchat combined.

A new gallery show of a prolific forger positions him as an artist in his own right. 

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