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Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Victorian art-house

Compared to the neighboring vestiges of high Victorian splendor the Button Mansion which houses the David Barnett Gallery is a model of stylistic restraint. Modestly screened by a cluster of tall trees, the only device that betrays the diverse horde of artwork contained within its...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Eclectic mix

When asked to describe the kind of artwork he’s displayed his gallery for almost four decades, William De Lind describes it as “artwork I personally like.” His personal tastes are eclectic to say the least, including impressionist portraits by Childe Hassam...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Representing local talent

Since early on in her career Elaine Erickson has been drawn to African art. A collection of masks, beadwork, sculpture and other everyday items find a permanent home in the gallery she’s run for 17 years. But that’s not all you’ll find at her Third Ward exhibit space...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

A love of labor

Owned and operated by the Milwaukee School of Engineering the Grohmann Museum attests to its namesake’s avid interest in the evolving practices and mixed fruits of human toil, ranging from quarrying and ship building...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Contemporary art and fine craft

When Katie Gingrass moved her gallery from downtown to its current location in the Third Ward more than 20 years ago she was among the first to do so. Since then, many have followed her lead, helping to transform the former warehouse district into a vibrant cultural, artistic and entertainment hub...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Contemporary art in a warehouse setting

Located in the Third Ward near the corner of North Milwaukee and East Buffalo Street, Tory Folliard is an essential stop along the Gallery Night and Day circuit...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fresh perspectives on portraiture

Despite the fact they’ve helped immortalize countless historic figures we want to remember (and many we’d rather forget) and have furnished art history with some of its most iconic works, one can’t help feeling portrait artists have had a bit of a rough deal...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Architect Renzo Piano values something old, something new

Situated directly across the street from Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago's recently completed Modern Wing is as shiny and new as a freshly minted coin. Yet for all its glacial sparkle and liquid lightness, the building's most resounding quality is its firm footing in the past. The new $294 million extension, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, adds an additional 264,000 square feet to the existing museum...
Books
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book Preview

At the risk of sounding like a brainwashed acolyte of social networking sites, I recommend scrolling through the three pages' worth of Facebook groups devoted to Chuck Klosterman. Only then can you truly gauge the vehement emotions that the pop-culture critic is capable of arousing-which luckily for him veer mostly toward the positive, if slightly disturbing. For every one that dismisses him as an "overrated moron," five more want...
Books
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Also: Wade Rouse brings his rustic tales to Milwaukee

We've all come across them, in the headlines or in person: activists whose passion for a cause borders on obsession. In Below Zero, C.J.Box's new thriller in the popular Joe Pickett series, the author ventures into the provocative territory of activism gone awry. When a large man bearing a warm and reassuring disposition lumbers into a couple's RV, little do they suspect he's being...

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