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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Art Preview

The unknown artist who labors in obscurity unto death, only to be discovered afterward, has long been a cliche. In the case of Richard Mouw (1910-2001), the cliché inched toward reality last winter when the director of Milwaukee’s Landmarks Gallery, Mary Manion, stood in the shivering cold of an unheated shed where the artist’s family had stored his life’s work. It was as if the contents of Mouw’s basement had been gathered up and deposited in stacks against the shed’s cement walls.