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Oct 16, 2014
A Club at the End of the World
Christina Schmid

Christina Schmid reviews Alexa Horochowski's melancholic new work, "Club Disminucion," which she calls a playful but also dead-serious tribute to the decline of the human age.
Sep 10, 2014
The Warp and Weft of History
Craig Olson

Handmade Finnish ryijy rugs offer an alternative to tech-driven cultural futures, showcasing the fertile vein of aesthetic possibilities that are, coincidentally, rooted in the myth and artistic traditions of the deep past.
Aug 4, 2014
Almost Too Familiar
Nathan Young

Nathan Young looks closely at the new abstract paintings and installation by Shawn Kuruneru, parsing the tangle of novelty, theory and art historical homage that informs the work.
Aug 4, 2014
Paying it Forward in Pittsburgh
Sandra Teitge

Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Pittsburgh, PA, on the Transformazium and Conflict Kitchen and Carnegie's legacy, in the latest of her occasional dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.
Jul 24, 2014
Walking in Dyani White Hawk's Moccasins
Craig Olson

Iterated in a seemingly endless variety of colors and configurations, White Hawk’s “moccasin” paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.
Jun 20, 2014
A Spark in the Rain
Hannah Dentinger

Like an outdoor wedding rain forced into a church basement, the 2014 Northern Spark fulfilled its purpose, but between the torrential storms and project sprawl, the night-long festival wasn’t all it might have been either.
May 16, 2014
Meet the New Wave of Contemporary Artists Redefining 'Rural'
Hannah Dentinger

Rural America Contemporary Artists (RACA) aims to draw attention to artwork that goes well beyond bufflehead portraits and gentle landscapes in a playful, eclectic exhibition by Greater Minnesota artists on view now in Minneapolis.
May 9, 2014
Unsung Alchemist: Hollis MacDonald
Sean Smuda

In the '60s Hollis MacDonald enjoyed the recognition of critics and gallerists alike. On the verge of hitting it big he disappeared mysteriously from view--until Sean Smuda ran into the reclusive artist living in the apartment downstairs from him.
May 7, 2014
The Burden of Proof
Jay Orff

The Wisconsin Project looks into the myth and meaning of postcards (found, altered and invented) with questions about place, history and cultural identity: What is 'Middle America'? What really happened here, and how did we come to be this way?
May 7, 2014
Dance the Body Electric
Sheila Dickinson

Art historian Sheila Dickinson watched NYC-based choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's intimate, living room dance-and-spoken word performance in F.D. 13 and left not just moved by the dance but struck by the kinship of abstract movement and image.
Apr 18, 2014
Art at the Edges of Everything
Sandra Teitge

Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Marfa, Texas, in the first of an occasional series of dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.
Apr 9, 2014
JXTA Expands Its Reach
Sheila Regan

Juxtaposition Arts' innovative youth art and design lab is growing fast and getting national recognition for putting North Minneapolis young people to work for their community and lighting a path to sustainable careers in the arts.
Apr 1, 2014
Starry Night
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant revisits the long, strange career of Martin Woodrich with this story on the Minneapolis-based artist's surprising adventures in space.
Mar 19, 2014
Exit Interview
Nathaniel Smith and Scott Stulen

mnartists.org director Scott Stulen recently left to become a curator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the weeks before he packed up his family to move, we sat him down for a candid conversation on the state of Minnesota's arts scene.
Mar 5, 2014
Objectifying Time
Lex Thompson

Photographer Peter Happel Christian is as concerned with the material experience of his medium as he is its results: that fleeting moment of attention caught by his lens, the tangible effect of time's passage on image, print and paper.
Dec 3, 2013
Painting a Place Between Invention and Memory
Ann Klefstad

Scott Murphy's paintings are uncanny, resonant and utterly unconcerned with art world trends. For him, paint serves as a mode of communion, his own distinct way of seeing and showing the surrounding world and its almost-but-not-quite knowable inhabitants.
Nov 21, 2013
Lumber and Lutheran Grit
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant reflects on the peculiarly Minnesotan virtues of Chris Larson's work, marked both by "a plenitude of lumber" and old-fashioned Lutheran grit.
Nov 14, 2013
Deborah Keenan: Prompts, Poems and Pictures
Alison Morse

Both author and publisher simply call FROM TIGER TO PRAYER a writer's workbook, a volume small enough to fit in your palm, with 79 writing prompts by poet and teacher Deborah Keenan. We say, in that case, you'd have to call it a workbook on steroids.
Oct 17, 2013
Minnesota's Third Biennial: The Art Stands Alone
Sheila Regan

Individual pieces may stand out, but the hands-off, artists-first approach of ‘, , ,’ ends up making the show largely inaccessible to the audience.
Oct 8, 2013
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
Camille LeFevre

Seven established artists explore intersections of the human and animal worlds, the technological and organic spheres, and compress those stories into a harrowing, exhilarating archetypal narrative.
Oct 4, 2013
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Oct 4, 2013
Love is Where You Find It
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant offers a love story of sorts - about a Minneapolis bar, its many regulars, and a certain moody landscape painting with mystery and loads of apocryphal tales, which he argues may just be the most beloved artwork in the city.
Sep 19, 2013
The Silverwood Exception
Stephanie Xenos

After a trip to Three Rivers Park District's newest addition, writer Stephanie Xenos is convinced that even inveterate urbanites will find plenty of reasons to venture beyond the city limits to visit the arts-focused Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
Sep 17, 2013
Confessions of a Craft Show Organizer
Patricia Hoskins

Are you an artisan or craftster ready to dip a toe into the craft show waters? Trish Hoskins, owner of Crafty Planet, answers your burning questions and offers step-by-step advice for making a successful go of selling your work on the craft show scene.
Sep 13, 2013
Uncommon Environments
Nathan Young

Using the lens of scientific scrutiny and the emotional possibilities of re-scaling everyday waste for public view, two artists invite a reconsideration of "natural" adaptations in the contemporary world.

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