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oakley gascan Lonnie Holley, "Our Journey," 2014, softground, aquatint, and drypoint; 40.5 by 34 inches, edition of 30. Courtesy Paulson Bott Press, Berkeley, Cailf.

Birmingham native will hold a solo exhibition starting Thursday, April 3, at art gallery in Atlanta.

Titled It s Like Coming Home, the exhibition will have an opening reception and performance by Lonnie Holley and friends from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 650 North Ave. N.E., at the .

The exhibition will feature work produced at Holley s January residency at the in Captiva Isand, Fla., and prints produced at in Berkeley, Calif.

Also included are older works that appeared in the 1996 exhibition, Souls Grown Deep: African-American Vernacular Art of the South, which was held at the Centennial Olympic Games at what is now Ponce City Market. Newsweek critic Malcolm Jones, Jr., described that show in 1996:

"The show that best exemplifies the South s unique contribution to art has been relegated to a lesserspace in City Hall East, a venue that s harder to find but worth the trouble . . . Enter through a front yard re-created right down to the dirt floor, but a yard transformed, with brokentombstones, sprinkler heads, bedsprings, paintings, baby-doll parts and all of it rejiggered by artist Lonnie Holley into a phantasmagorical vision as surreptitiously coherent as a dream.

Holley was featured in the on Jan. 23, 2014, and his album, Keeping Record of It," made 2013 top 10 music lists in the Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post. He is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film by Atlanta filmmaker George King, and has recorded two albums with Atlanta s label. He performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2013 as part of its programming for the Blues for Smoke exhibition. In 2004, the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted a 25-year survey of his work. His works are part of the collections of BMA, the High Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art and several others.

The exhibition will be on display through April 30. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


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