Art Gaze

MMoCA, Chazen offer gift of art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:11

Narayan Mahon’s Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. — Photo: Courtesy

If the weather outside is frightful, the art inside is delightful. So if you’ve no place to go, two of Madison’s best art venues have a show, and a show, and another show.

Drink pink at The Pitch Project in Walker’s Point

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 22:08

LIT UP at The Pitch Project. — Photo: courtesy Kat Murrell

The neutral white of The Pitch Project’s main gallery space is bathed in a wash of pink light. A couple of camping tents are pitched in the corners, kitted out with sleeping bags and other sundry outdoor necessities. Off to one side, a pedestal holds a monument of Busch Light beer cans. On the walls, photographs show 20-somethings frolicking outdoors in the summer, guzzling beer and cuddling a scruffy cat. 

Of heaven, earth and Italy

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:39

The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli.

Italy. Glasgow. Milwaukee. Together, the cities make for an interesting diversity of geographic points, and they all come together via Milwaukee Art Museum’s current exhibition: Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums. Included are a variety of stylistic periods, from the Renaissance to Realism, explored with an inherently Mediterranean sensibility. 

Artists explore Lynden’s gardens, inside and out

Written by Kat Murrell ,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:09

The trees are starting to change, trading their lush summer green for the sparking colors of autumn. While the sun still provides warmth, it is an opportune time to enjoy nature and art during the waning weeks of the latest incarnation of the Inside/Outside project at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. 

Take art home for the holidays

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 22:08

Tiny Art at Tiny Prices at Art Bar. — Photo: Kat Murrell

Shopping for the people who are special in our lives can be a pleasure. When you’re shopping for the person who seems to have everything, it can also be excruciatingly difficult. 

Redline exposes Cuban handicrafts

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:19

A portrait of poet José Martí. — Photo: UWM Special Collections Library

Out of small seeds come great and unexpected things. In 1985, artist Rolando Estévez Jordán and poet Alfredo Zaldívar established a workshop in Matanzas, Cuba, about 70 miles west of Havana. Their first visual works were fliers promoting meetings for writers and artists interested in sharing their work and ideas. This modest initiative developed into a publishing house for handmade artists books, produced under the name Ediciones Vigía.

Stitching history from the Holocaust

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:24

— Photo: Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Alec Soth finds the extraordinary in the ordinary

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:01

Charles, Vasa, Minnesota. — PHOTO: Courtesy Alec Soth

Alec Soth has a rare gift for transforming glimpses of ordinary life into extraordinary images — and now we have a chance to see some of his finest work.

Brands capitalize on Art Basel in Miami Beach

Written by KELLI KENNEDY,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:11

Would you like a designer tie with that painting, a collage on your new Mercedes?

Or how about an art iPad app to complement your stock tips?

The Getty is revealed as the buyer of Manet's 'Spring'

Written by The AP Friday, 07 November 2014 07:54

The J. Paul Getty Museum was revealed on Nov. 6 as the buyer that paid a record $65.1 million for Edouard Manet's "Spring," a celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress as an embodiment of the season.

The painting will join several other Manet works on display by the end of the year, the Los Angeles museum said.

At Devil’s Lake, vintage rustic architecture adds to the autumn landscape

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:12

Members of the CCC, who built Devil’s Lake’s “parkitecture” in the 1930s. — Photo: Courtesy Devil’s Lake

This time of year, there’s no better public art than our autumn leaves, and one of the best places to see them in Wisconsin is Devil’s Lake State Park. That park’s packed with other sorts of art, too, albeit art that’s a little out of the ordinary. And some of it is at risk. 

Milwaukee Rep keeps mum about its ‘unforgivable’ world premiere

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:52

A. Rey Pamatmat. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A. Rey Pamatmat doesn’t want to tell me anything about his new play, after all the terrible things I do.