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Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Gallery Night and Fine Art for Sale

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Winter Gallery Night and Day will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, with dozens of galleries in the East Town, Walker’s Point and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods showcasing new work.

In conjunction with the night, and in what has quickly become a “can’t-miss” for arts patrons, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s “After Dark” series will present the “Wearable Sculpture Fashion Show” at 9 p.m. Friday. Directed by George L. Sheppard, the show features 20 wearable sculptures by 15 artists with video and sound by Brooke Maroldi and choreography by Simon Andreas Eichinger. It’s sure to be an evening of outrageous fun.

The whole night will be full of attractions. Especially interesting should be “Disintegration,” a group presentation examining the decline of history, memory and intelligence at Merge Gallery (207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 204). Gallery Director Valerie J. Christell, along with Tori Tasch and Kathy Moss-Reeves, will present books, photo collages and paintings depicting the loss of identity when memories fade or are forgotten.

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (273 E. Erie St.) will see the return of its popular “Culture in Transition” series with “Transitional/Transcultural: New Paradigms for a New Century,” described by MIAD as “an exhibition by eight artists whose work explores the changing character of world culture and the complexity of their multicultural identities.”

"A product not only of their past but of their current culture, the artists actively negotiate these boundaries in their work,” explains Mark Lawson, MIAD director of galleries. “In doing so, they redefine viewers' perspectives both of Western, American culture as seen by others less immersed in it, and of the interconnectedness of the larger culture of humanity that develops through such interactions.”

Finally, “Sculptures on Ice” involves local artists using the cold to their advantage between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday. Teams will carve 5-foot blocks of ice into creative pieces of art in Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward and in Cathedral Squarein East Town.

For a complete list of participating galleries, visit www.historicthirdward.org.

Other art events are taking place this weekend as well. Argentina’s Jamie Paterno is among 60 painters whose work will be on sale in the “Winter Trunk Show” at Landmarks Gallery (231 N. 76th St.). The vibrant colors of Latin America are her specialty, delicately spread across canvases in figurative works and still lifes. The annual Landmarks “Trunk Show” is not another starving-artist-in-the-hotel-lobby sale, but a collection of fine contemporary work assembled by international art dealer Hans Peeters. The show takes place from noon-5 p.m., Jan. 15-17.

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