by Elisa Goldklang

A huge fan of Andy Warhol, James Askew brought his family to the Picasso to Warhol exhibit at the High Museum to show them his favorite artist’s work. In particular, he wanted them to get a taste of Warhol’s videos. Askew, of Atlanta, said he knew Warhol’s films would be intriguing to his son and daughter. He also liked that “because there are so many painters in this exhibit, the kids can have a chance to choose their own favorite artist.”
Picasso to Warhol provides the perfect introduction to 20th-century masters, from Picasso’s twisted perspectives to Warhol’s repetitive portraits of Campbell’s soup cans or film icon Marilyn Monroe. The fast-moving exhibit experience is full of surprises. Plan on spending about an hour, and bear in mind that weekends and holidays are the busiest.


On a recent Saturday, kids bopped from artwork to artwork. They took pictures with their cell phones using the High’s new Art Clix App, listened to the museum’s audio program, and excitedly pointed out pieces of interest to family and friends. The new Art Clix App lets users access descriptions of artworks via both text and audio, and chat with other visitors about the art.        
Using the Art Clix App on her smartphone, Askew’s daughter Lyric, 11, showed her favorite piece in the show, Piet Mondrian’s, “Trafalgar Square” (1939-1943). With its iconic geometric design of intersecting lines and primary colors, Lyric said the painting made her think of a busy city.
Our daughter, Samantha, a fourth-grade student at Timber Ridge Elementary in Cobb County, preferred Matisse’s “Interior with a Violin Case” (1918 – 1919) because she could “tell what everything is.” Samantha liked the “light coming through the window” of the pretty scene. Samantha excitedly led me from one painting to the next, wanting to describe in detail her favorite aspects of each work.
On one of these blustery winter days, I highly suggest a trip to the High. Picasso to Warhol is a whimsical, engaging and high-energy show. In short, it’s a great chance for parents to enrich not only their children’s imagination and creativity, but their own as well.

What to know before you go:

Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters
The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta,
Dates: Through April 29. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon.
Cost: Included with museum admission. $18 adults; $11 ages 6-17; free, 5 and younger.
Parking: $10 daily in museum garage; $15 evenings and weekends.
Kids’ Activities: 404-733-4444, or for more info.
These artists are featured: On loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Picasso to Warhol is one of the largest concentrations of modern art masterpieces to ever be exhibited in this region. The 14 artists in the show are Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

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