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Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
When it comes to visual arts, Milwaukee’s cup runneth over. MKEart is here to wipe up the overflow. These recently opened shows are all well worth a visit. “Certificates of Presence: Vivian Maier, Livija Patikne, J. Lindemann” Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo Street, Fifth Floor, Marshall Building Photography fans are in for a rare treat. There’s simply t...
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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
 Besides dreaming of streets paved with gold, the American consciousness dreams equally of exploring the places where those streets lead. From its “discovery” by the intrepid Columbus through the Lewis and Clark expedition, Mark Twain
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MKE art
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
“Ars longa, vita brevis,” was a commonplace among the Romans and the Greeks before them. “Art is lasting, life short.” Seems reasonable, but then again, the ancients probably never saw an ice sculpture. What, after all, is the appeal of the ice sculpture? So much time, energy, and creativity spent on an undertaking that is sure to conclude with an inconvenient mess that leaves...
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MKE art
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Just because most of us are bound to abandon our New Years resolutions round about Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean they are not worth making. The proverbial ‘they’ says that it takes about three weeks to form a habit. Supposing that is true, one doesn’t need to be resolved to her resolutions for long before they become second nature. But things may be a bit easier if, instead of your re...
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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
 Teachers deserve more recognition. Financial recognition, to be sure, but more than that. Peering through horn-rimmed glasses, clad in tweed, covered in chalk dust, they teach us everything from the kindergarten lesson of how to share to, years later, how to understand Kant’s categorical imperative as a philosophical
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MKE art
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
First things first: I love jazz. We’re talking an if-you-love-jazz-so-much-why-don’t-you-marry-it kind of love. Don’t think I haven’t tried… At any rate, my charge with the Shepherd Express concerns the visual arts, and despite the theatrical brashness of a jazz musician such as Sun Ra, jazz remains undeniably an auditory art. Perhaps my position is for the best. Otherwise...
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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

‘Express Talk’ at Milwaukee Art Museum

 The Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibition on American painter Thomas Sully is drawing its last breath on Jan. 5. Not sold? Perhaps the Thursday, Dec. 19, 30-minute, “Express Talk,” on some subjects of Sully’s celebrated portraits
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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Tyler Friedman: “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” by Andy Warhol is not the gathering of assorted portraits; rather, it was conceived of as a sort of suite. It was commissioned as a body of works. I thought we should begin with a bit of background about the canvases.  Molly Dubin: It’s really rather interesting doing research about...
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Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Exhibit opens at Jewish Museum

 Pop Art ennobled pop culture. This is its enduring legacy. No one could turn Campbell’s Soup Cans into icons of modern art like Andy Warhol. Much of Warhol’s work plays with the theme of the mass media’s mass production