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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Art Review

"Are you angry or are you boring?" asks one of the pieces included in the new “Gilbert & George” exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). The idea that nothing worthwhile exists outside these two states might explain why the work of the artistic duo has become progressively larger and louder over time, often resorting to such malodorous mediums as feces, sperm and spit. Is this preponderance of bodily fluids meant as an avowal of the artists' own mortality or simply a desperate attempt to counter the stultifying effects of old age and withered rebellion? The answer, like the meaning of their work, remains elusive . . .
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Art Museum - 1:30 p.m.

British artists Gilbert and George met at St. Martins College of Art in London, 1967, and have remained creative partners ever since. Their names are never separated, they coordinate their clothes and they speak in a dialogue that appears to be scripted. And now Gilbert and George have brought their provocative . . .
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Art Review

When photography's advent eclipsed pen and ink as a means of reproduction, the city—representations of which dotted the landscape of art history for centuries—became a symbol of modernity, most famously with Atget's photographs of fin-de-siècle Paris. In Gingrass Gallery's “Urban Perspectives” show, a group of artists use the city, its essence and architecture, as a point of departure for myriad ways of interpreting the natural habitat of industry and contemporary Western culture. The harsh angularity of the modern city attests to a human mastery of engineering; of man's struggle to impose civilized geometry upon nature's organic sinuosity.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Art Museum

History and art collide in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit, Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945, an expansive collection that documents the emergence of photography in both art and popular media throughout those years. The exhibit charts not only the technological innovations in the medium, but also . . .
Monday, April 21, 2008

Bringing history to life

Housed in the P.H. Dye House in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, VP Gallery specializes in the extensive works of esteemed photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Alfred Eisenstaedt. Look in any direction and you’ll likely spot a flawless print of an indelible image made famous by LIFE Magazine.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Art Review

In 1839, photography as an art form was born. Since then, photographs have captured countless memories and unique moments in time. Nearly 170 years later, however, programs such as Photoshop and iPhoto produce retouched pictures instantaneously. Even cell phones can transfer images at the click of a button. This technological revolution has reinvented the art of photography. In the exhibit “Stretching the Truth,” the John Michael Kohler Arts Center showcases this transformation as a complement to its “Constructed Realities” series.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Tonight @ Marquette University's Haggerty Museum - 6:00 PM

Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum debuts its latest exhibit, “The Granduer of God,” tonight with a 6 p.m. opening lecture. The exhibit compiles images from photo-journalist Don Doll, an Omaha professor who gained notoriety for his insightful pictures of Native American culture . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008

Art Preview

In discovering a stack of 50 3-by-5-inch glass negatives in her basement, Christine LaJoice uncovered a collection of photographs taken by Wisconsin panorama painter Bernhard Schneider.

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