Life imitates art, as Oscar Wilde so famously said.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on May 11, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.
Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" and Giacometti's life-size "Pointing Man" were among dozens of masterpieces from the 20th century Christie's offered in a curated sale titled "Looking Forward to the Past."