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.
Dec 17, 2009
In Heaven, Everything is Fine - Basel, '09
Sean Smuda returns to Art Basel-Miami for a second year to report on the fair for mnartists.org. Read on for his highly entertaining, trenchant take on this year's offerings and to see his extensive photo essay on the "carnage and triumph" of Basel '09.
Dec 22, 2008
Art and Loathing in Miami
Take a break from the snow and head to sunny Florida, by way of artist Sean Smuda's day-by-day diary of the recent goings-on at the must-see contemporary art festival of the year, Art Basel in Miami.
Mar 5, 2008
Deb Wallwork's interview introduces us to the work of longtime Western Minnesota printmaker Charles Beck; the film "Seeing Beck," by Wallwork and Mike Hazard, takes us further.
Sep 17, 2007
Mattias Faldbakken, whose work is at Midway Contemporary Art until October 27, presented his recent art-making at MCAD on September 7. Christina Schmid raises critical questions about Faldbakken’s art.
Aug 27, 2007
New York Minnesota: Do You Have to Leave to Succeed?
A survey of a few photographers from the extremely vivid photo scene in Minnesota who have ‘made it.’ Now that they’re a success, inquiring minds want to know: Are they going to move to New York? Alex Starace decides to ask...
Aug 6, 2007
Film at Home on the Range
Hannah Dentinger indulged in the Fourth Annual Free Range Film Festival in the waning days of last month. It goes down annually in Wrenshall, MN, near Duluth. As my grandmother would have said, it was gemischte pickles, but worth it, all in all.
Jul 23, 2007
Water Being Water: David Goldes
Mason Riddle writes on photographer/scientist David Goldes, whose “Water Being Water” is available at the Minnesota Center for Photography.
Jul 9, 2007
“This Is What Ya’ll Don’t See On TV”: B-Girl Be 2007
Justin Schell wraps up our hiphop series with this report from the 2007 incarnation of B-Girl Be, the international and fabulous convocation of B-Girls from Minnesota and the world.
Jun 11, 2007
The Alternate Version: Chicago
Sean Smuda went to Chicago to participate in Version Fest, an alternative arts festival that is in part a response to the big Art Chicago art fair. Read on for an account of the Fest; think about participating next year.
May 7, 2007
Try a Little Tenderness: The Tejupan Connection
Artists all belong to the same tribe, it often seems; here’s a story of how artists here are working with an artist in Oaxaca to build an art center there. Read on to discover how you can participate.
Mar 26, 2007
Pragmatic Art: The Postmaster Era
Aaron Lundstrom sends word from Baudette, a few miles from the border, about expanded ideas of art. Think Joseph Beuys’s social sculpture, or Hans Haake’s ideas of art as a lens for examining the official world.
Mar 19, 2007
Nostalgia for Something Not Yet Lost: Zhang Yan
Chinese photographer Zhang Yan was raised in Beijing and lived in Minneapolis and other parts of the USA before eventually returning to Beijing, where he works as a commercial photographer. Carmen Tomfohrde spoke with him there.
Mar 11, 2007
Boxing Makes You Smart
Suzanne Szucs saw “The Boxers” (directed, written and produced by Joanna Kohler at the Women with Vision Film Festival) at the Uppercut Gym. It connected.
Mar 11, 2007
Will Work for Food: Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands
Head to “Will Work for Food” this weekend, March 16, 17, and 18, in the old Theater Antiques building at 2934 Lyndale Ave. S. It’s a show and sale of a couple of dozen young artists you should know about.