Art Gaze

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. 

Meditation on time, existence at Haggerty Museum of Art

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:32

Nadav Kander's “Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic).

Three exhibitions at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art offer a powerful meditation on time and existence. Works by Alfred Leslie are built upon multiple layers of perception, and the echoes of memory in the present. The photographs of Nadav Kander ask if the cosmetics of new bridges and buildings are capable of destroying history. Collectively, the work of these artists draws up the edges of personal and cultural history with aesthetic persuasion. 

Madison joins Any Given Child youth arts program

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:10

— Photo: Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison students will find more art in the schools this year — lots of it, in all forms.

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.

Major ceramics exhibit at Madison’s Chazen Museum

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:29
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Michael Lucero’s “Untitled (Devil),”1977. — PHOTO: Courtesy Stephen and Pamela Hootkin

Jason Yi goes BIG with installation in Madison’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:32

Artist Jason S. Yi. — PHOTO: Courtesy Jason S. Yi

Pedestrians passing by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s State Street Gallery last month saw what might have looked like a construction zone. Instead, they were witnessing the birth of art.

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.

Art Gaze: Milwaukee — Argentinian collective Artistas en Cooperativa

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:16

Noella Farias, ”A la espra (Waiting),“ 2012. — PHOTO: Courtesy Dean Jensen Gallery

‘Lejos’

Public art project gives voice to historic Mitchell Street

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:41

Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street. — Photo: Kat Murrell

A few years ago, visual artist Sonja Thomson and storyteller Adam Carr teamed up for a temporary public art piece called Here, Mothers Are, which relayed in words and installations the stories of families in the neighborhood around 24th and Locust streets. The project was a precursor to their latest endeavor, Listening to Mitchell. This time, they recount the memories and testimonials of historic Mitchell Street.