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...
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
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...
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
¡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
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
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 ...
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...
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