May 3, 2012
The View from Crystal Bridges
Writer Camille LeFevre offers a dispatch from her recent trip down South to Bentonville, Arkansas, reporting back on the recently opened and oft critically dismissed "Walmart art museum," Crystal Bridges.
Apr 30, 2012
The Eternal Moment
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson digs into the film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" - screening for the MIA's "The Sports Show" through May 13 - and unearths death-defying creativity in the soccer-player's game and in the power of the right shared moment in time.
Apr 27, 2012
'Four Aces' at Franconia in the City
Stephanie Xenos reviews "Los Cuatro Ases" - an exhibition kicking off Franconia In the City@Casket's second season in its NE Mpls gallery space, featuring work by Douglas Padilla, Peter Martin Morales, Xavier Tavera and Alonso Sierralta.
Apr 27, 2012
What Surplus Should Taste Like
Writer Jay Orff wanders the aisles of Ax-Man Surplus, musing on aesthetic evolutions, beautiful ugliness, creative ironies and the irresistible invitation to put old things to new use.
Apr 5, 2012
Inverting the Male Gaze
Sheila Regan assesses the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' multimedia exhibition, "The Sports Show," calling sports a surprisingly valuable lens through which to see the larger culture's changing norms and mores, particularly about race and gender.
Mar 5, 2012
Art You Don't See
Writer Jay Orff says his collection of incidental art - upcycled industrial castoffs, flattened machinery bits left on the roadside - started with a stray 'E' and an open mind, in this essay questioning, what really constitutes art?
Mar 2, 2012
THE FAMILY BUSINESS: A conversation on art, work and motherhood
The first of three installments in an exchange between acclaimed artists, all mothers with children of varying ages, talking about their experiences juggling parenthood and their careers, with all the guilt and epiphany, joy and fatigue that entails.
Feb 17, 2012
Beauty with the Charm of a Razor
Twin Cities-based painter Ruben Nusz offers a close reading of haunting new work by Belgian painter Michaël Borremans, whose paintings were on view in a recent exhibition, "The Devil’s Dress", at David Zwirner in New York.
Feb 10, 2012
Letter to a 'Wary Feminist'
Ann Klefstad responds to Miranda Trimmier's recent essay on feminist art and its rhetorical and aesthetic extremes. Klefstad offers an accounting of her own ambivalence about the cultural foment of those times, when she herself came of age as an artist.
Jan 24, 2012
Writer and designer Matt Konrad reviews Paper Darts' first foray into book publishing, John Jodzio's collection GET IN IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, calling its marriage of art, fiction and smart layout a "terrific model of a print project for the electronic age."
Jan 12, 2012
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Living Dangerously"
Writer Stephanie Xenos profiles Chinese artist Meng Tang, who currently lives in the Twin CIties and for whom the personal is very political. Pick up a hard copy in the Winter 2011/12 issue of RAIN TAXI, on stands now.
Dec 29, 2011
Putting on the Ritz
This time of year, our dance writer Lightsey Darst yearns for glamor, for rhinestones and luxe fabrics, vamp and shimmer -- and so, she brings us along on a whirlwind tour of the Ballet of the Dolls' outrageously fabulous costume closet.
Dec 21, 2011
Making Nowhere Into Somewhere
Writer Stephanie Ash profiles the artists of the Rural America Contemporary Art (RACA) group, who are reinventing art made by “country folk” -- and there's not a hay bale-painted saw in sight.
Dec 15, 2011
The Wary Feminist
We recently screened !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION for a panel discussion on feminist art with local artists. Miranda Trimmier offers a contrarian's view, making the case for critical ambivalence in lieu of tidy political messages or cathartic storytelling.
Dec 1, 2011
The Living End
Writer Sheila Regan profiles two visual artists, Sean Connaughty and Kate Casanova, who use living material as their medium and embrace the natural life cycle of their organic artworks as an integral part of their creative process.
Oct 20, 2011
In the Heart of Darkness
Sheila Regan went through the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement this year and lived to tell about it. She says it's definitely dark down there, and more than a little creepy - an ingenious, wildly successful gimmick to get folks to come by the gallery.
Oct 14, 2011
Slouching Towards Pre-Occupied Wall St.
Or, "I Was a Governor's Island Art Fair Exhibitor" - mnartists.org's resident travel writer, Sean Smuda, weighs his experience in the artist-run art fair off the tip of Manhattan during one hurricane-crazed, pre-Occupied week in New York City.
Oct 7, 2011
The Things We Don't Talk About
Miranda Trimmier offers a fearlessly candid critical response to Nathalie Djurberg's violent, libidinally charged stop-motion animated shorts and installation - on view in the Walker's exhibition of her new work, "The Parade," through December 31.
Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Sep 8, 2011
A Citizen Artist in a Country at War
Camille Gage on "choosing the street rather than the studio" and making an artistic life built around "working in support of the common joy and public good." Her new project, "No Glory: 10 Years and Counting," opens today at Form + Content in Minneapolis.
Sep 1, 2011
McQueen's Delicious Delirium
Camille LeFevre reflects on the "delicious delirium" of seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent NYC exhibition of the fashion, performance art, and fetish objects created by the late "hero-artist" Alexander McQueen, 'Savage Beauty."
Aug 24, 2011
A Pop-Up Space for Dance
Lightsey Darst took in some dance at Soo VAC recently, featuring work by Kristin Van Loon, Katherine Hawthorne and Chris Schlichting. The pop-up show offered its own rewards, and she articulates them - but it also made her really miss the Southern.
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.