High Museum of Art announces Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door

The High Museum of Art presents Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door an exhibition on view February 23 through May 18, 2014.

Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948) Camera Obscura: Santa Maria della Salute in Palazzo Bedroom, Venice, Italy, 2006 Inkjet print 40 × 30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York © Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948) Camera Obscura: Santa Maria della Salute in Palazzo Bedroom, Venice, Italy, 2006 Inkjet print 40 × 30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York © Abelardo Morell

Cuban-born American artist Abelardo Morell has become internationally renowned over the past 25 years for employing the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder. In this exhibition, the High will present the first major retrospective of Morell’s photography in 15 years. The show will also include new works by Morell that the High commissioned in 2013 for its ongoing Picturing the South series, which asks noted photographers to turn their lenses toward the American South. Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door showcases more than 100 works created from 1986 to the present, including 11 prints from the High’s permanent collection. Showing a range of series from the artist’s career – including many newer color photographs never before exhibited – the exhibition demonstrates how Morell utilizes photography’s earliest techniques and the power of artistic perspective to reveal the contemporary world in fresh, inventive ways. This exhibition will be completely bilingual, with Spanish and English versions of wall labels.

The exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. www.high.org

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