Visitors take in the Vik Muniz retrospective at The High Museum of Art in February 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Big-name artists, local talent delivered memorable work in 2016

If 2016 proved anything, it is that Atlanta is a great city for art at every level. Embracing an exciting new era under the tutelage of incoming director Randall Suffolk, the High Museum of Art delivered a remarkable roster of shows this year. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia continued to offer regional artists a prestigious, important berth in its Working Artist Project. And the Swan Coach House gallery continued to feature a surprising array of snark and off-the-leash experimentation. But there were signs of a renegade energy afoot on a far smaller scale, apparent in the opening of the postage-stamp sized Paper Plane Gallery in College Park and the Westside’s Hathaway gallery. Here’s a look at notable shows from this year.

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