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Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Celebratory paintings of Ecuador’s Antuco Chicaiza

 ¡Que Vida! Or, for those who don’t speak Spanish: “What a life!” Indeed, the vivid paintings of Ecuadorian artist Antuco Chicaiza give the impression of being both autobiographical and celebratory. La Familia, Mi Ecuador and Our Land all tell subtle stories by incorporating text
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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

New show at Tory Folliard Gallery

 Mondrian on a bad acid trip? Kandinsky fed on comic books? Pollock flinging shapes upon the canvas instead of paint drops? Jason Rohlf’s paintings evoke multiple reference points in 20th-century art and yet resist reduction to any one. A new exhibition for the Milwaukee native and Brooklyn expat, “Navigational
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Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Part Two

Tyler Friedman: You’ve referred to yourself a number of times as a member of Fluxus. Many artists reject these labels, classifications, and –isms, feeling that they’re unnecessarily restrictive or just marketing tools. Of course the word ’Fluxus’ comes from the Latin ‘to flow,’ from where we get the phrase ‘to be in flux.’ This leads me ...
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Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
It is trivially true that a painter is a painter by virtue of painting paintings. The same holds for a craftsperson in any domain. Perhaps Aristotle was the first to notice this: “we become builders, for instance, by building, and we become harpists by playing the harp.” (Nicomachean Ethics 1103a2-3).But it is an impoverished account that reduces the work of art to being a mere physical object...
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Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Four Galleries, One Day

 Even more than its impressive array of art, UW-Milwaukee Gallery Day exhibits the vitality of Milwaukee’s visual art community. On Thursday, Nov. 21, the free event will utilize all four of UWM’s art spaces—INOVA, Arts Center Gallery, UWM Student Union Art Gallery and UWM Art History Gallery—to
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Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Part One: Early History of Fluxus, John Cage, Humor in Art

            Conventionally, the interviewer is supposed to be as absent from the process and product as possible. The event is regarded as a sort of verbal homerun derby. The interviewer’s task is to lob a poem of a pitch over the heart of the plate for the interviewee to cream. Then, the miraculous crack of the bat and triumphant arc of the...
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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Milwaukee master on display at Charles Allis

 By the 1930s, the slow erosion of racial barriers had reached such a degree in America’s larger cities that a new cultural type emerged. This individual, classified as a “hipster” by Norman Mailer in his essay “The White Negro,” rejected the staid safety of white society for the untapped possibilities he or she saw in African
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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
 The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design knows a thing or two about creativity—and they are eager to share. To promote the imaginative vitality of our fair city, the MIAD Creativity Series invites artists from near and far to visit, speak and inspire
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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Readership!

This post marks the maiden voyage of Express Milwaukee’s new MKEart blog. As tradition dictates, be sure to break a bottle of champagne over the bow of your computer.

A few words about what to expect are in order. As presently conceived, MKEart is to be the more loquacious sibling of the weekly Art Happenings column in the Shepherd Express. Whereas the Art Haps merely s...
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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Performance artist Alison Knowles marks Woodland Pattern’s birthday

Fluxus won’t sit still and behave itself. Consequently, it is difficult to define what exactly Fluxus was, is, and will be. But, true to the term, it’s an art movement that keeps moving. The like-minded international community of subversive creators was named in the 1960s and embraces such