Can a Global Talent Agency Make Atlanta an Art Destination?
New York Times
Bridgette Baldo, UTA gallery director, right, and Tony Parker, sales director, at the new UTA Artist Space in Atlanta, which will show and sell fine art. The painting at left is by Ian Mwesiga, and the one at right by No Martins, two international artists. Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times
Artists, dealers and collectors are waiting to see if UTA’s new gallery space will lift Southern talents — or focus on big names outside the region.
ATLANTA — On a recent weekday evening in this city’s Midtown neighborhood, hundreds of people, including Stacey Abrams, the former nominee for governor of Georgia, and Andre Dickens, the city’s mayor, came together for a celebration. They weren’t there to campaign, but to commemorate the opening of an artist’s gallery created by United Talent Agency, the global entertainment company better known for representing musicians and actors.
UTA’s expansion into visual art isn’t new — the agency based in Beverly Hills opened a similar space in Los Angeles a few years ago to show and sell artists’ work — but its decision to plant itself in the South is just the latest signal that Atlanta’s art scene is bustling and should be a destination for art lovers.
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