‘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. 

RedLine examines the life of artist Paul Mandracchia

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 06 June 2015 10:07

“Because I’ve talked to so many parents since I’ve been putting this together, I’m asking the question, ‘Do you keep your kid’s work?’ That is incredibly important because you don’t know when people are going to find their artistic expression,” explains Gary Hollander. 

Rhinelander arts workshops build community

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:11

The Rhinelander School of the Arts has been teaching students for half a century.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

One of Wisconsin’s oldest arts education programs, the Rhinelander School of the Arts, soon will begin its 52nd year. The July 17-19 weekend will feature workshops in visual, culinary, writing and performing arts.

‘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. 

Framing the conversation
Milwaukee’s gallery owners build an art community

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:36

“Everyone has to do their own bit. Not sit back and wait for other people to do it. Get up off your ass and do it yourself, you’re an artist for f**k’s sake. Get creative.” 

So says Clive Promhows, owner of Milwaukee’s Live Artists Studio, one of several galleries in the city’s artist community. It’s advice that illuminates the energy of that community, unified by tenacity and passion. 

‘Wisconsin Pastorale’ depicts a regional artist’s earliest successes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:04

Lois Ireland’s “The Homestead” is a prime example of her regional art style, with its detailed yet simplistic depiction of life in the American countryside.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Even standing at the back of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the viewer can’t help but be drawn to “The Homestead,” an oil painting by Wisconsin regional artist Lois Ireland. The work lacks the inner luminescence of Ireland’s other works, but the clarity of the objects against the pallid landscape draws the eye for that exact reason.

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.

Fantastic fandoms get the museum treatment at RAM

Written by Larry Zamba,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:30


Most art exhibitions show works from a movement or artist of the past, or perhaps a contemporary portrait of what’s going on in the world of art today. In comparison, the Racine Art Museum’s new exhibit is literally out of this world.

Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art.

Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)'' sold for $46.4 million. The 8-foot-tall abstract painting of large yellow and blue planes hung at the National Gallery in Washington for 10 years while it was owned by the late Rachel "Bunny'' Mellon. She acquired it directly from Rothko's estate shortly after his death in 1970.