There are some excellent museums and galleries throughout the sprawling city of Atlanta, each with its own character and all worthy of a visit. Many of the leading artists from around the world showcase their work in these establishments and one of the most popular is in the Buckhead shopping district of the city.
There is a hugely impressive list of artists to admire, including Jeanette Montgomery Barron, a local photographer who has produced some stunning photos over the years of leading celebrities such as William Defoe, Kathryn Bigelow and Andy Warhol. Other artists to be found in the gallery include: Harry Callahan the celebrated Detroit photographer, Frenchman Simon Chaput who has his collections in countries all over the world and William Klein, a native of New York City, with work in the Big Apple's major institutions such as The Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art.
Andrew Moore is another whose work sits proudly in the gallery. This Connecticut born photographer has made a name for himself with his urban architectural images that have a colorful thread. His knack of combining nature with the typical American urbanism sets him apart and makes his work unique. Whilst not overly shocking, much of his work does highlight neighborhoods often in decline. One such being the sad shell of Detroit's former Central Station, abandoned a quarter of a century ago. He has a whole range of photographs of such buildings from within this city, so much so that he produces exhibitions, as well as releasing a book, on the very subject.
It is widely known that as a younger man, Andrew Moore would wander around at night seeking out any areas under construction, such was his fascination with transformation. His “spirit of exploration and discovery” takes him to places that are often out of bounds and therefore un-photographed. The pictures are not popular with everyone, with some proud Detroit residents objecting to the image of their city that they portray. The artist himself believes the publicity is actually beneficial, but one thing for sure is that he is not about to stop any time soon.
Within the Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Andrew Moore has some fabulous pieces, which include two of the larger rides from the abandoned Six Flags Theme Park in New Orleans, taken in 2012; plus two wonderful images from Havana, Cuba. The first, taken in 1998, shows a magnificent rainbow over the city, whilst the second, entitled Vedado Azul, is from 2001 and shows the country's capital in the early evening, in its entire splendor. A firm favorite however is the 2012 Puente de Bacunayagua, Via Blanca, which shows a quite spectacular bridge that, is practically deserted.
Visit www.jacksonfineart.com to browse not just Andrew Moore, Jeanette Montgomery Barron, Harry Callahan, Simon Chaput and William Klein, but all of the wonderful artists, who each have their own easily identifiable section on the site. There are so many fantastic photos and paintings to view; they certainly whet the appetite of any art lover.