Art Gaze

Art Gaze Madison: Botanical displays take over State Street

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:47

There’s plenty of outdoor art to enjoy in Madison during the summer — for example, the botanical displays on State Street.

“Many of the same principles of creating artwork go into creating a composition with plants,” says Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which provides the labor as well as many of the decorative streetscape plants. Olbrich staff designs the displays, which include colorful assortments of such seasonal favorites as zinnias, petunias, canna, sweet potato vines and lantana. Interns help maintain them.

This summer, enjoy Milwaukee’s flourishing art scene

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:34

Leo Saul Berk, “Clinkers,” 2011, courtesy of the artist. — PHOTO: Haggerty Museum of Art

During the summer, Milwaukee spills out onto the streets, filling sidewalks with bistro tables and hanging flowerpots, bringing biergartens and outdoor concerts to parks. But there’s plenty of activity in the area’s art scene to pull you indoors for a break from the sun’s rays. 

Dine’s skull art heads Chazen’s summer schedule and more…

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:23

“Ancient Fishing” by Jim Dine, 1989, bronze with patina and pigment. — Photo: Courtesy of the artist

New ways of seeing art through Milwaukee's current exhibitions

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:24

“Yellow-Red-Blue” by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925. Oil on canvas. 

This week’s Art Gaze selections prompt new ways of seeing through an extraordinary array of paintings, prints and photographs, and whimsical sculptural installations.

Madison Art Gaze: Madison art fairs on, and off, the Square

Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:08

The scene at Madison’s Art Fair on the Square, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Madison’s Capitol Square and its environs play host the weekend of July 12 to the city’s two largest annual arts events. Both provide great opportunities for purchasing original art and supporting Wisconsin artists.

Watrous Gallery highlights local artists

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:32

The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.

Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.

Interesting current art exhibits in Madison

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:38

Don Baum, “The Apparition,” 1988. Canvas board and wood.. -Photo: MMOCA

Summer weather usually means a seasonal slowdown for indoor activities, but the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art continues to offer new exhibits, even as it gears up for Art Fair on the Square July 12–13.

Folk artist captured 19th-century Wisconsin rural life

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:31

Farmscape by Paul Seifert. - Photo: Courtesy

The color palette is bright or muted, depending on the type of paper used. The perspective isn’t always accurate. The bird’s-eye landscape views are better imagined than observed.

Milwaukee Art Gaze: Art Shay: Working, Jews Who Rock, Gesture

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:02

Jody dePew McLeane’s “Chorus Dancers,” on view at Katie Gingrass Gallery. - PHOTO: Courtesy

‘Art Shay: Working’ 

Latino, Latina artists sought

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:27

For the second consecutive year, Latino and Latina artists are being sought to participate in a special exhibit at the Madison Public Library designed to launch Hispanic Heritage Month.

The exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 10, will launch the month celebrating Hispanic heritage, which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the richness of Dane County’s Hispanic culture, is sponsored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Public Library, Centro Hispano and the Latino Professional Association.

Madison's State Street to get new work of public art

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:31

Madison's Library Mall

The campus end of Madison’s State Street looks like the scene of an explosion right now, due to roadwork. But by the time autumn leaves fall, it will feature a new sculptural work of public art.

Let’s skip the drama and build the MAM addition

Written by Tom Strini,
Special to WiG
Friday, 16 May 2014 09:16

Jim Shields’ current design. Photo: Public

The Milwaukee Art Museum brass and architect Jim Shields have resolved their differences, and Shields is back as lead architect on the museum’s renovation/addition plans. On May 6, the museum released Shields’ revised plan, which would extend the 1975 Kahler annex eastward toward Lake Michigan.