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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Art Review

At the start of the period in which the work in "Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979" was shot, America remained entrenched in the Vietnam War; the tumult of 1968, its assassinations and aftershocks preoccupied the country's consciousness. None of this political upheaval, however, is apparent on the main streets of small towns across the United States that populate the core of the exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art, on display through Sept. 28. Shore'sUncommon Places is a series of vernacular images geographically distinguishable only by the titles describing their coordinates in an intersection of time and place.
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Art Preview

The belief that "everybody can create something" embodies the artwork in "DIY: Do It Yourself Series," currently on display in the Community Gallery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The "DIY" exhibit presents the work of eight national artists who define the do-it-yourself spirit. The artists use their crafts as a means of personal expression, demonstrating sustainability, individuality, simplicity and appreciation for a community that creates unique material goods. These characteristics . . .
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Art Preview

If the human body is a canvas, then tattooing and piercing deserves the status of art. Fittingly, then, human canvases and body art are the focus of a new exhibition called “Flesh. Metal. Ink.” that opens Aug. 1 at Walkers Point Center for the Arts. Curated by Gene Evans of Milwaukee’s Luckystar Studio, the exhibit features 12 artists revealing their visions of this art form. . .
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today @ the Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery

Today is the final day that the Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery hosts the wall-based art of San Francisco artist/photographer/filmmaker Bill Daniel. Included in this closing exhibition, “Sunset Scavenger,” are murals, photos and installation pieces documenting Daniel’s newfound interest in houseboats. In an era of rising . . .
Monday, July 28, 2008

Today @ the Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery

Through the July 30, the Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery hosts the wall-based art of San Francisco Artist/photographer/filmmaker Bill Daniel. Included in this exhibition, “Sunset Scavenger,” are murals, photos and installation pieces documenting Daniel’s newfound interest in houseboats. In an era of rising . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Art Museum - 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Milwaukee Art Museum goes all out tonight with an extravagant soiree in conjunction with their exhibit on British multi-media artists Gilbert and George from 5:30 to 9 p.m. There will be a handful of Express Talks on the exhibit, but the event will also be fittingly flamboyant: There will be male belly dancers, a program . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Art Preview

On a typical Gallery Night & Day, it’s the artwork inside the frame that captures attention. But this summer’s Gallery Night & Day will relate the stories behind the artwork, presenting an unseen but important facet of visual art. Reginald Baylor Studio recently moved to the lower level of the Marshall Building in the Third Ward, which is where Baylor now creates his canvases that portray bright interiors. For Gallery Night, Reginald Baylor Studio collaborates with ArtMail Milwaukee for the benefit of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) and the Catch . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Art Review

Every now and then an artist sparks controversy through no design of his own. It’s a scenario especially endemic to public art, and one with which Milwaukee is uncomfortably familiar. The city is rife with examples of public art that have provoked impassioned outcries from one party or another, whether they’re proposed projects that never got off the ground or ones single-mindedly propelled forward by a will unmatched by that of their most ardent foes. Each occasion yields the potential for an enriching discussion on the significance of public art. Whether or not it has been sufficiently taken up is another matter . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Milwaukee’s small galleries

When Mike Brenner threatened last winter to close Hotcakes Gallery and leave town if funds were raised to erect a bronze statue of The Fonz, a lot of people accused him of being whiny, or worse. But at the heart of his complaint was the fact that, despite easily raising $85,000 for the Bronze Fonz, people just aren’t walking into local galleries and purchasing art, which makes it hard for those galleries to stay in business. Milwaukee loves art, though, right? Gallery Night is heavily attended, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to actually enjoy the art on the walls through the cheese-nibbling crowds. But galleries, particularly those showing emerging artists, come and go . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Today @ the Katie Gingrass Gallery

Sculptor Joel Hunnicutt and fellow artist Jody dePew McLeane are both obsessive and meticulous builders; the former with bits of wood, the latter through staccato strokes and layers of pastel. It is the relationship between form and material where the artists' bodies of work differ, and where the tension . . .

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