Dec 16, 2010
Living the Dance
Lightsey Darst reflects on the phenomenon of performance as museum piece, in particular this fall's dance/visual art installation by Eiko and Koma at the Walker, with a brief notation on Laurie Van Wieren's retrospective, "Who Made These Videotapes?"
Dec 10, 2010
Vasili Nechitailo - Russia's Mid-Century Master Craftsman
Andy Sturdevant muses on the extensive retrospective of paintings by mid-20th century master Vasili Nechitailo, on view at the Museum of Russian Art, and on an alien art historical track running parallel to that with which we're familiar in the West.
Dec 8, 2010
Reconsidering the MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition
Diane Mullin, associate curator at the Weisman and former MCAD/Jerome Fellowship director, makes the case for rethinking how fellows' work is presented, calling into question the continued relevance of the traditional model of annual exhibitions.
Dec 2, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: Northeast Minneapolis
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries and alternative art exhibition venues in Minnesota with this tour of notable hotspots in the arts-rich neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.
Nov 10, 2010
Will Dinski Takes On Tinseltown
Will Dinski's debut graphic novel, "Fingerprints," just released from Top Shelf Productions, offers a biting, perceptive satire on the seedy side of Hollywood - from "perfection" gone haywire to the public fascination with celebrity culture.
Oct 27, 2010
Alec Soth: The Loneliest Man in Minnesota?
Writer Frank Bures reflects on the Walker's new retrospective of work by Twin Cities-based photographer Alec Soth, and on the artist's resonant depiction of a "pervasive, long in coming, and widespread" emptiness at the heart of our culture.
Oct 13, 2010
Finding Joe Smith
Writer Alison Morse sets out to unpack Joe Smith's beguiling, mysterious objects to get a sense for the elusive artist himself, whose work is on view in the Soap Factory's biannual survey of Minnesota artists, "A Theory of Values," through October 24.
Sep 30, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: Downtown/Lowertown St. Paul
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to coffee house galleries and various and sundry other alternative art exhibition spaces in MN with this artists' guide to venues in St. Paul's Lowertown/Downtown area.
Sep 23, 2010
Ann Klefstad has spent hours pondering Julie Buffalohead's paintings, on view now at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis; read on for her take on the artist's new work, whose playful charm disguises a keen, sometimes dark eye for cultural observation.
Sep 2, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: A Guide to Coffee House Galleries in MN
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford launches a neighborhood by neighborhood guide to alternative exhibition spaces--coffee shops, cafes, salons--with details helpful to both artists and arts lovers. First stop: Minneapolis' Stevens Square/Whittier neighborhood.
Sep 1, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Douglas R. Ewart
Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvising musicians with Douglas R. Ewart, a multi-talented and award-winning musician, composer, instrument builder, lecturer, educator, and visual artist who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago.
Aug 17, 2010
Seeking Reconciliation through Art
Sheila Regan profiles the new Tarnish and Gold exhibition, "The Art of Conflict," an ambitious project showing the work of Iraqi and American artists, and their personal responses to the ongoing conflict between the two countries, side by side.
Aug 17, 2010
A Talent for Seeing
Camille LeFevre reviews the intriguing photography exhibition on view now at the Mpls Photo Center, "Perceptual Opponents, Father and Son: Balthazar and Christian Korab."
Aug 4, 2010
All in the Family
Ann Klefstad ruminates on an intriguing new family-themed exhibition at the Tweed Museum in Duluth: "You and Yours," a curatorial project by Patricia Briggs, with work drawn from contemporary art in the Tweed's permanent collection.
Jul 28, 2010
This is the End
Andy Sturdevant offers a fond farewell to the spunky DIY arts 'zine, ARP!, with an essay tracing its short history, its influences and intentions, and the mag's central place in the Twin Cities contemporary art scene of the late 2000s.
Jul 15, 2010
Everything and More
Travel writer Frank Bures, with a perceptive essay on Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca's evocative, map-filled paintings and drawings, on view in a sprawling retrospective show, aptly titled "Everything," at the Walker Art Center through September 19.
Jul 7, 2010
Blue Sky Project's Truly Public Art
Jennifer Kohnhorst talks with Claire Witt (Blue Sky Project) about the community-driven public art installations she's overseen in Central Minnesota since Blue Sky's founding in 2001, including its latest work-in-progress, Harmony Park in Long Prairie.
Jun 16, 2010
Catching Up with the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows
mnartists.org's Scott Stulen catches up with last year's McKnight Visual Artist Fellows in Photography -- Monica Haller, Paul Shambroom, Carrie Thompson and Lex Thompson -- to talk about their new work and trends in contemporary photography in Minnesota.
Jun 8, 2010
Exchange: a conversation on painting with Ute Bertog
mnartists.org continues its series of artist-to-artist conversations, this time with artist Ruben Nusz and German-born, MN painter Ute Bertog, on the relationship between language and painting, the merits of Amy Sillman and the perks of miscommunication.
May 26, 2010
The View from 1964
Corinna Kirsch seeks out artists, curators, critics, and art historians to respond to the Walker's exhibition "1964" for views on the mid-'60s scene, understanding art as a product of its time and the thorny issues raised by chronologically framed shows.
May 19, 2010
Sheila Regan profiles Minneapolis artist Caitlin Karolczak, whose impeccably rendererd, "exquisite yet grotesque" paintings are on view in Rogue Buddha's "Science and Wonder" exhibition through June 12.
May 7, 2010
Andy Sturdevant reports back from the Twin Cities TASK party held in late April at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the most recent of Brooklyn-based artist Oliver Herring's traveling community art-making parties.
Apr 29, 2010
Sean Smuda, founder of the Shoebox Gallery in Minneapolis, with an engaging essay on the six storied years of performance, guerilla art and neighborhood roots that have sprung from his unorthodox exhibition space next to Roberts Shoe Store in Mpls.
Apr 16, 2010
Exchange: a conversation on painting with Cherith Lundin
In this installment of our artist-to-artist series of conversations on practice, Ruben Nusz and Cherith Lundin have a lively discussion about painting and illusion, mystery, and the artist's quixotic quest to stop time.
Apr 1, 2010
Envisioning an Art Ecology
Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson outlines a dynamic model for thinking about cultivation of the arts in Minnesota -- specifically, she makes the case for seeing the health of state's arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms.