New Orleans for Art Lovers

New Orleans for Art Lovers

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If you are looking for a unique way to feast your eyes on New Orleans, spend an afternoon exploring its artsy side from galleries to street murals. Try this itinerary and wander as you see fit.

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    A relatively new art museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has quickly become one of the pre-eminent art museums in all of New Orleans. Dedicated to broadening the knowledge understanding and appreciation of the visual arts (and particularly that of Southern origin), the museum is five floors of artistic space. Keep an eye out for their weekly After Hours events too, where they feature local musicians in the café – good times for all.
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    The New Orleans Museum of Art houses one of the greatest collections of art in the American South – over 40,000 pieces on permanent display. Heralded for its impressive collection of French, American, African, and Japanese art, as well as its extensive photography showings, and glass works, the New Orleans Museum of Art will not disappoint. The grounds themselves are part of the display, and you can stroll the 5-acre sculpture garden freely and at-will.
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    The gallery, which is one of the district’s more prominent spaces, opened in 2008 and is an artist-run operation that gives exposure to emerging artists with the aim of boosting New Orleans’ profile as an arts and cultural hotspot. 
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    Situated in a stylish and sizeable restored warehouse space, the Søren Christensen Gallery promotes paintings, photography and sculpture by national and global contemporary artists.
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    The gallery has a number of talented local artists on its roster such as local Matthew Foreman, an artist and graphic designer who creates large-scale pop art-influenced murals and portraits and has had his works hung beside the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and Joey Slaughter, based in upstate Ruston, whose work mixes painting, sculpture and digital media to explore the role of digital information in human lives. 
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     In its 16 years of existence, the gallery has gained a reputation for exhibiting exciting and provocative works and its shows have caught the attention of publications such as Art in America and Time magazine. The gallery represents talented artists including Los Angeles-based David Buckingham, who uses recycled scrap metal to create his pop culture inspired sculptures and reliefs, and local artist Krista Jurisich who works with photo collage.
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    Focusing on original and creative contemporary art, artists represented by Guthrie Contemporary include Birmingham, Alabama-based sculptor Deedee Morrison, who produces sustainable and solar-powered sculptures using industrial metals and laser jet cutting, and Seattle-based painter Susan Dory, who creates op art influenced, graffiti-like abstract canvasses. 
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    The gallery sources, exhibits and sells the most innovative artworks from locally, regionally and nationally based artists and with 12 exhibitions a year, visitors are guaranteed fresh and creative content. 
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    The British-Dutch owned gallery exhibits and sells paintings, drawings and sculptures from a wide range of disciplines including abstract, folk and pop art and embrace the Dutch principles of fairly valued art and original, unconventional and captivating designs. 
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    Featuring 10,000 square feet of gallery space spread over two floors, the Contemporary Arts Center showcases multi-disciplinary exhibitions and performances from local, national and international artists encouraging creative collaborations between artists, institutions and communities. 
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    Arthur Roger curated the award-winning Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis touring exhibition in 2006, which featured local and national artists’ responses to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Among the artists currently represented by the gallery are glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, stylised photography duo Anderson & Low and the internationally acclaimed kinetic sculptural artist Lin Emery.
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