Art Gaze, January 29, 2015

Written by Kat Murrell
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:59

‘In the Realm of Innocents: An Exhibition of Mysticism and Lore’ 

Walkers Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. Fifth St.

Gallery Night and Day guide

Written by Kat Murrell ,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:55

From Lois Bielefeld: Androgyny. — PHOTO: Courtesy

It’s time to brave the winter chill and check out exciting new exhibitions around town. Here are a few highlights to see on this Gallery Night and Day, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. 

Brands capitalize on Art Basel in Miami Beach

Associated Press writer
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:11

Would you like a designer tie with that painting, a collage on your new Mercedes?

Or how about an art iPad app to complement your stock tips?

The Getty is revealed as the buyer of Manet's 'Spring'

Written by The AP Friday, 07 November 2014 07:54

The J. Paul Getty Museum was revealed on Nov. 6 as the buyer that paid a record $65.1 million for Edouard Manet's "Spring," a celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress as an embodiment of the season.

The painting will join several other Manet works on display by the end of the year, the Los Angeles museum said.

Art at a bug’s eye view

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 02:55

Bugs are worldly critters in Jennifer Angus’ Tell Me A Story.
Photo: Kat Murrell

We are all just creatures here — you, me, and the art in Tell Me A Story at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. 

MMoCA, Chazen offer gift of art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:11

Narayan Mahon’s Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. — Photo: Courtesy

If the weather outside is frightful, the art inside is delightful. So if you’ve no place to go, two of Madison’s best art venues have a show, and a show, and another show.

Drink pink at The Pitch Project in Walker’s Point

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 22:08

LIT UP at The Pitch Project. — Photo: courtesy Kat Murrell

The neutral white of The Pitch Project’s main gallery space is bathed in a wash of pink light. A couple of camping tents are pitched in the corners, kitted out with sleeping bags and other sundry outdoor necessities. Off to one side, a pedestal holds a monument of Busch Light beer cans. On the walls, photographs show 20-somethings frolicking outdoors in the summer, guzzling beer and cuddling a scruffy cat. 

Of heaven, earth and Italy

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:39

The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli.

Italy. Glasgow. Milwaukee. Together, the cities make for an interesting diversity of geographic points, and they all come together via Milwaukee Art Museum’s current exhibition: Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums. Included are a variety of stylistic periods, from the Renaissance to Realism, explored with an inherently Mediterranean sensibility. 

Urban wood becomes an aesthetic treasure at Lynden

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 12:23

Dan Barsch’s Tea Ceremony.

City dwellers may not be lucky enough to have a full forest in their backyard, but it’s likely they don’t have to wander far from their front door to encounter a tree. Trees beautify the urban landscape, lending a soft organic grace to the concrete, angular environment surrounding them even as they serve as crucial parts of the ecosystem.

Take art home for the holidays

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 22:08

Tiny Art at Tiny Prices at Art Bar. — Photo: Kat Murrell

Shopping for the people who are special in our lives can be a pleasure. When you’re shopping for the person who seems to have everything, it can also be excruciatingly difficult. 

Redline exposes Cuban handicrafts

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:19

A portrait of poet José Martí. — Photo: UWM Special Collections Library

Out of small seeds come great and unexpected things. In 1985, artist Rolando Estévez Jordán and poet Alfredo Zaldívar established a workshop in Matanzas, Cuba, about 70 miles west of Havana. Their first visual works were fliers promoting meetings for writers and artists interested in sharing their work and ideas. This modest initiative developed into a publishing house for handmade artists books, produced under the name Ediciones Vigía.

Stitching history from the Holocaust

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:24

— Photo: Jewish Museum Milwaukee