Exhibit to focus on 'Van Gogh and Nature'

Written by WiG Monday, 30 March 2015 07:49

An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June.

"Van Gogh and Nature" is the first exhibit devoted to the artist's exploration of nature.

Detroit exhibit explores art, interplay of Kahlo, Rivera

Written by JEFF KAROUB,
Associated Press writer
Sunday, 15 March 2015 11:32

The work of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo often seems a study in contrasts — he opts for the big and global, she the smaller and personal.

Yet the two were sharing ideas and “responding to each other artistically,” said Mark Rosenthal, curator of “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

‘The Wet Archive,’ at Chazen, leaves viewers limp

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:40

Despite what Andy Warhol might have thought, not everything an artist does is brilliant or groundbreaking. In Warhol’s case, trivial and self-indulgent are also descriptors that come to mind.

For evidence, look no further than his Polaroid photo “studies” of male genitalia, an example of what’s in store in the largely disappointing exhibit The Wet Archive: History, Desire, and the Photographer’s Liquid Intelligence, now on display at the Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison campus. 

MOWA sends Lois Bielefeld on a European adventure

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 05:14

Artist Lois Bielefeld. — Photo: Courtesy

Milwaukee native Lois Bielefeld has always been interested in portraits. Ever since she took up photography as a MIAD student and moved to New York to pursue it as a career, her artistic works have been what she calls “conceptual portraits” — works assembled in a series, centered around the habits and traits all people share.

‘Crossroads of Civilization’: Ancient artifacts get a modern presentation at Milwaukee Public Museum

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:36

There is no doubt that the Middle East is a pivotal, mutable place. We hear about current events in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and other countries in the region daily. 

MOWA captures a state’s love for the polka

Written by Barry Adams,
Wisconsin State Journal
Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:33

Dick Blau’s photographs capture modern polka lovers across Wisconsin.
— Photo: Dick Blau

Photographs of accordions, tubas and Pabst Blue Ribbon signs may not be the norm for an $11.2 million art museum that features nationally recognized sculptors, painters and other media artists.

Understanding the ‘Realm of Innocents’ at WPCA

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:29

Gina Litherland’s “The Good Luck Painting.”
— PHOTO: Courtesy Kat Murrell

There are the fairy tales and fantasies we read in storybooks, and there are the narratives we craft in our lives. As different as they may seem, our personal follies and fables may have kindred spirits in larger sweeps of cultural narrative and archetype. In the Realm of Innocents, on view at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, brings together six painters whose art explores those potential intersections of fantasy and reality. 

‘Bubbler’ brings hands-on art-making experiences to Madison Public Library

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 15:11

Artist-in-residence and “head bubblerarian” Craig Grabhorn.
— Photo: MPL

Thanks to a $457,627 grant, Madison Public Library now houses a program that fosters creativity in visitors of all ages through hands-on art, design and technology workshops.

‘Justified Art!’ strikes an all-too-relevant chord

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:18

The "Justified Art!" exhibit now on display at Madison’s Overture Center is perhaps too timely. One of its most gripping works, Nafis White’s “Can I Get a Witness?,” consists of a bright neon sign with the same words, near a list of people killed by police: Trayvon Martin; Eric Garner; Michael Brown. 

At the top of the list is Tony Robinson, the biracial Madison teen shot and killed earlier this month by Madison police officer Matt Kenny.

Fifty years of fascination: JoAnna Poehlmann at RedLine

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:29

JoAnna Poehlmann. — Photo: Courtesy Kat Murrell

How do you keep wonder alive over the course of decades? 

State advocates gear up for Wisconsin Arts Day

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:56

The most important day of the year is coming up for many Wisconsin artists and arts groups. The 18th annual Arts Day will be held in Madison on March 11, a day for arts advocates to unite and educate lawmakers on the importance of the arts in their home districts.

The event annually draws around 250 arts supporters from across the state, including business leaders and public officials, to share ideas, network and speak to state lawmakers about various arts issues, including the potential financial impact of the arts.

‘Inspiring Beauty’ a powerful tribute to Ebony Fashion Fair

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:01

From Inspiring Beauty. — PHOTO: MAM

A plaid suit in red, yellow and purple sequins, worn over a black turtleneck and capped by a dapper, thin-brimmed fedora — from the hands of designer Guy Laroche, it is extraordinary. A voluminous silver silk and raffia gown, its tight diagonal texture softened by a spray of fringe cascading from the high neck, is the creation of Alexander McQueen.