Art Gaze

MAM’s ‘Uncommon Folk’ showcases vast holding of folk art and works by self-taught artists

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:30

Young Girl With A Cat, oil on canvas by Drossos P. Skyllas (ca. 1955). –Photo: MAM

You don’t have to wander far into the Milwaukee Art Museum to realize it’s not merely a world-class architectural gem, but it also houses a spectacular trove of art of all genres.

Japanese artist puts himself into iconic images

Written by MARY THOMAS,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:36

Yasumasa Morimura’s art may enter your subliminal space before you begin to consciously question what’s disturbing about it. That’s because he starts with visual imagery already burned into the viewer’s psyche and tweaks it in a way that challenges comfortable norms.

University of Wisconsin-Madison to display photos of Chinese landscapes

Written by The AP Friday, 01 November 2013 06:28

The University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to display a collection of photographs chronicling a century of changes in China’s landscapes next month.

The exhibit, entitled “Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China,” will be on display in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at Nancy Nicholas Hall Nov. 3-Nov. 27.

Hepburn's wardrobe shows off her 'rebel chic'

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 October 2013 15:28

A story from Katharine Hepburn’s days as a 25-year-old ingénue speaks to her rebel spirit and her impact on haute couture.

‘Vaginal Knitting’ raises a number of feminist issues

Written by By Brandon Miller ,
Contributing writer
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:09

KNIT YOUR REVOLT: “Craftivist” Casey Jenkins is the founder and director of femiNEST and the radical craft group Craft Cartel, which aims to subvert and honor art techniques often dismissed as women’s crafts. -PHOTO: YouTube

Melbourne-based feminist artist Casey Jenkins says she had no idea that a video clip showing her “vaginal knitting” performance art project would go viral, attracting more than 4 million viewers after it was featured on SBS, an Australian news publication. 

Thomas Sully painted with a dramatic flair

Written by Stephanie S. Beecher,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:41

Credit: Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art/Pauline Allen Gill Foundation.

If you think that you’re not familiar with the work of 19th century portrait artist Thomas Sully, just open your wallet: A reproduction of Sully’s 1845 portrait of President Andrew Jackson adorns the $20 bill.

iPad art gains recognition in new Hockney exhibit

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 11 November 2013 12:23

Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touch screen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests and richly layered scenes.

“It’s a very new medium,” said Hockney. So new, in fact, he wasn’t sure what he was creating until he began printing his digital images a few years ago. “I was pretty amazed by them actually,” he said, laughing. “I’m still amazed.”

Signs of the times
Billboards to display work by Milwaukee artists

Written by Pegi Christiansen,
Special to WiG
Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:43

A work by Francisco Mora, submitted by Latino Arts, Inc., that will be shown as part of Digital Billboard Art Month. - Photo: Courtesy

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 10, original work by Milwaukee artists will rotate on 18 digital billboards in the metro area to raise the visibility of the local public art scene.

Public art project enriches Milwaukee’s inner-city landscape

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:47

An Arrangement.

It’s only 10 a.m. on a chilly Saturday morning in early November, but about 50 mostly 20-somethings are gathered in the basement of Shiloh Tabernacle in northwest Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Just hours earlier they were clubbing the night away, but now, joined by a handful of older hipsters, they’re organizing a media tour of a project they hope will help to change perceptions about neighborhoods tainted with the label of “urban blight.”

Bansky ends monthlong residency in New York City

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 04 November 2013 09:39

The secretive street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius?

Banksy, who created a new picture, video or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens.

Madison art project stretches the boundaries of performance

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:41

Photo: Courtesy PERFORMING TABLETOP: Artists create original tabletop performances for individuals or groups -Photo: Courtesy

Fifty artists to participate in Shorewood’s first plein art festival

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 06 September 2013 11:28

Shorewood artist Shelby Keefe works on a canvas in Frederick, Md. She took top prize at that festival and was profiled in Plein Air Magazine. -PHOTO: Courtesy

Just like creating a beautiful garden, bringing a new art festival to life requires a lot of patience and nurturing, according to the organizers of Plein Air Shorewood, a three-day event that will bring more than 50 professional artists to the village beginning Sept. 19.