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Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
It is not only because the Shepherd Express’ own Rachel Buth (graphic designer and photographer) has a large painting in the show that an event tonight (Saturday, December 13) celebrating the reopening of the Cocoon Room is worth mention. Leaving aside organizational nepotism, not only will the walls be decked with the works of fourteen other Milwaukee artists, but musical accompaniment will beg...
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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Driving home from an emergency trip to the grocery store (the thermostat was hungry for new batteries), I noticed a chalkboard sign at the intersection of Humboldt and Center St. advertising a short-lived exhibition-cum-sale of vintage art. A quick jerk of the wheel landed me outside 825 E. Center St (across from Fuel Café). Inside the usually unoccupied space are three walls covered with striki...
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Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
It's always gratifying to see a local boy make good. So much the better when this success takes the form “local boy becomes an internationally recognized artist.” Such is the case with Roy Staab. Over the course long career, Staab has dabbled in many different mediums, but since 1983 he has devoted himself to and established himself w...
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Exhibit by one of America’s foremost landscape artists

Tom Uttech hails from Merrill, Wis. (population approximately 9,500), where the Wisconsin River joins with the Prairie River. One suspects that being surrounded from birth by the picturesque cycle of seasons in Merrill has something to do with Uttech’s ascendance to being one of America’s foremost
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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Poster art is an underappreciated category - perhaps because the conveyance of information trumps and restricts the autonomy of the artist. Nevertheless, the works of Toulouse-Lautrec and the concert posters of the 1960s demonstrate the aesthetic heights to which the poster artist can ascend. You too, dear reader, can join the grand tradition of poster artists. The Wisconsin State Fair has just se...
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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The term "androgyny" derives from a portmanteau of the ancient Greek terms for "male" and "woman." In other words, an androgynous individual embodies both traditionally masculine and feminine characteristics and qualities - they refuse to toe the line of predetermined gender norms. Glam rock, to name one cultural phenomenon, placed a premium on androgyny. Think David Bowie, Marc B...
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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
These days, sustaining an arts institution is a superhuman feat that requires superhuman support. This is especially the case for a niche institution like the Museum of Wisconsin Art, which, by design, excludes the crowd-magnets of art history in order to hip Wisconsinites to the great art native to their state.This Friday, November 21, from 5:00–9:00 p.m., MOWA is paying tribute to its members,...