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Doyennes on Display

All hail Harriet Leibowitz’s Southern Season, the art exhibit of, well, the season—opening Sept. 6.

Whether ogling a pool boy-turned-afternoon delight over a game of poker or indulging a post-symphony luncheon reprieve at a dive bar, these women are seeking—and satisfying—a most primal yearning for excitement and escape.

What is and what appears to be has always been an interest of mine,” explains the celebrated Atlanta artist, whose work has appeared in the private collection of Sir Elton John and the pages of Vanity Fair.“In a society where appearance is so important and everything looks perfect, it isn’t,” she says. Rich in references to classic Greek mythology, Leibowitz’s crisp, colorful and tightly controlled images tackle the dichotomy between the polished public persona and the unbridled private self. Each of her 14 photographs—which feature familiar faces of Atlanta’s socialite scene, among others—dissects the tensions inherent in the lives of empowered female figures, illustrated largely by the men at their mercy. $1,800-$4,000, Alan Avery Art Company, 315 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, alanaveryartcompany.com