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Alabama-based artist Thornton Dial died Monday. He was 87 years old.

For Paul Arnett, Thornton Dial wasn’t just an artist, he was a personal hero.

Arnett is acting director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which is dedicated to documenting the work of self-taught African-American artists. His father, William Arnett, is known for bringing the works of these artists, notably the quilters of Gee’s Bend, to the wider art world. William Arnett was introduced to Dial and his work in 1987.

Visitors take photographs of an exhibit at the High Museum of Art
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If you’re thinking about bringing a selfie stick with you on your next trip to the High Museum of Art, think again.

Better yet, leave it at home, according to Atlanta arts writer and critic Felicia Feaster, because you won’t be able to get it past the entrance.

She said the High has placed an outright ban on those ubiquitous digital camera devices as museums are being deluged with visitors who prefer to capture an image instead of a solemn moment of contemplation with art.

A Never-Ending Legacy: Gordon Parks' Photography Permeates Atlanta

Mar 2, 2015
Gordon Parks, Untitled, Miami, Florida, 1966.  Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks / Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

He died in 2006, but Renaissance man Gordon Parks is still making his mark on Atlanta.

In collaboration with each other and in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Foundation, two Atlanta galleries and the High Museum of Art have been featuring Parks' photographs for the past few months.

Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

This week the New York Times published an article about a photograph by Gordon Parks, the first African-American staff photographer for Life magazine in the early 1950s.

The High Museum

The director of the High Museum of Art has announced his retirement.  Michael Shapiro has been working with the High's leadership team for the past 20 years, and as the High's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director for the past 15 years.

His official last day will be July 31, 2015. He sat down with WABE's Lois Reitzes to talk about his departure.  She began by asking him, "Why now?"