Olbrich gardens set to 'gleam'

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:23

Call it Art Nouveau for the high-tech age: landscape, light and sculpture merge in a cutting-edge exhibit at Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens this fall.

“The projects are diverse and very exciting,” says David Wells, artistic director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light, which opens Sept. 2. “They’ll invigorate viewing. They will provide counterpoints to nature yet be engaged with the nature of the gardens themselves.”

Secrets seen: John Wilde’s private collection at MOWA

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:27

John Wilde’s “Eventide at the Duchess’s” is considered by MOWA director Laurie Winters to be the last great painting of Wilde’s career, and is a highlight of Wilde’s Wildes.
—Photo: Museum of Wisconsin Art

The night is coming on in “Eventide at the Duchess’s.” The sky glows orange with an apocalyptic burn, familiar in the paintings of artist John Wilde (1919–2006). The sunset bathes a wild bunch of cavorting bodies. Some couples embrace and others face off, while in other vignettes single figures dot the improbable landscape. A woman lounges on a gigantic leaf as another balances on a beach ball floating in water, or on a head sticking up from the ground. In the distance, with striking nonchalance, is the painter who busies himself working at his easel. 

‘Hidden Treasures’ reveal themselves at Villa Terrace

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:37

Alphonse Mucha’s lithograph for magazine La Plume embodies Art Nouveau.
— Photo: Kat Minerath

In her description of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum’s latest show, curator Annemarie Sawkins invokes the highly influential English artist William Morris: “true art (is) the expression of man’s pleasure in his work and therefore the arts, when honest, (can be) simultaneously beautiful and useful.” 

Summer Art Starts

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:06

Along with the simultaneous opening of these exhibitions at the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Lakefront Festival of Art is taking place June 19-21 on the MAM grounds. This annual event was established in 1963 and this year’s roster of 170 artists promises for a rich array of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, wearable art and much more. 

Natasha Nicholson’s studio, recreated at MMoCA, is a work of art in itself

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:05

The Artist in Her Museum recreates Natasha Nicholson’s studio with various eclectic rooms.
— Photo: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Natasha Nicholson stands in the middle of “Studiolo,” an immense room filled with hundreds of arranged artifacts and found objects that replicates part of the Madison artist’s home studio. She looks around to make sure every piece of her collection is where it needs to be — to foster the artistic environment she considers critical to her work.

Madison art examines war, climate change and teapots

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:23

The Flowers are Burning features a series of incandescent watercolors to imply fields of wildflowers ablaze in a world whose climate is rapidly changing.
— Photo: Courtesy

Art often reflects the most deeply held feelings and beliefs in the minds and hearts of artists — and, by extension, the audiences who view the work. Several new exhibits at Madison-area galleries speak to a variety of emotions, with many works even cathartic for their creators.

‘Print Tsunami’ illustrates Japanese influences on European art movements

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 09:23

Japanese prints like Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Two Horse Mackerel and Two Shrimp” inspired European prints like Charles-Louis-M. Houdard’s “Shrimp.”
— PHOTO: Chazen Museum of art

Life imitates art, as Oscar Wilde so famously said.

Rebels with a cause
Summer art exhibitions feature innovators past and present

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:59

Let the movie theaters have their big-name actors and action movies filled with explosions. This summer, two of the major Milwaukee museums are hosting what could be described as blockbusters of their own. 

RedLine Milwaukee’s diverse ‘Timeline’

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:01

Miles Buss’ deliberately naive paintings are charming fun and just one of the 11 collections of work in Timeline.
— Photo: Kat Minerath

From across the room, Jody Emery’s “Universe” catches light like a cosmos of stars twinkling in the night. Enamel paint glistens in a cloudy crush of three-dimensional texture that builds from the artwork’s surface. Approach more closely and see that this murky constellation is built from metal detritus of various chains, tool bits and other tough implements. 

Tory Folliard showcases a strong roster Salon-style

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 08:49

T.L. Solien’s acrylic and collage piece “Thirst.”

To be completely enveloped in art, simply visit the Tory Folliard Gallery. The Salon Show is a powerful presentation of the gallery’s roster, presenting 40 artists and more than 100 pieces. More importantly, it’s a perfect opportunity to appraise some of the Milwaukee and regional scene’s more prolific artists.

Milwaukee, Portland artists unite at Inova

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:40

Pacific Midwest 2.0 showcases works by photographers from Portland and Milwaukee, including locals Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman’s “Processed Views” series.

There’s a museum inside UW-Milwaukee’s Inova museum, temporarily. The “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum” celebrates both the largest city in Wisconsin and a suburb of Portland, Oregon, which share similar names. The space, organized by the photographic collective Milwaukee Comma, achieved mini-fame even before the main exhibition opened, with Mayor Tom Barrett issuing a proclamation marking June 26 as “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum Day.”

In the garden: Show explores Frida Kahlo's work from new angle

Associated Press writer
Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:52

In a sprawling, multi-disciplinary show, The New York Botanical Garden focuses on a long-overlooked side of artist Frida Kahlo: her deep connection to Mexico’s plants and flowers, and how they inspired her art.