In the Galleries
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.
Mar 23, 2010
Critic Corinna Kirsch looks closely at Aaron Van Dyke's new works, photograms and abstract paintings that "function as documents of the artist's studio practice" -- on view in Bethel University's Olson Gallery through March 28.
Mar 10, 2010
Landland's Balancing Act
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Writer Maggie Ryan Sandford profiles the artists behind Landland, Jessica Seamans and Dan Black, up-and-comers whose intricately detailed design work mixes the fantastic and mundane, and does so with sly wit and thoughtful craftsmanship.
Feb 24, 2010
Inside the Weisman's $14 Million Expansion
Britt Aamodt talks with museum staffers and curators about the ambitious expansion (spearheaded by famed architect Frank Gehry) underway at the Weisman -- look for five new galleries and a revival of artist/community collaborations in the new space.
Feb 16, 2010
Too Much is Enough
Critic and curator Corinna Kirsch muses on Andrea Stanislav's new exhibition at the Burnet Gallery in Chambers Hotel - at once "seductive and repulsive" in its campy glam, filled with tricky plays on word, meaning, and post-'60s pop culture touchstones.
Dec 29, 2009
Looking through Binoculars
Andy Sturdevant weighs in on the Walker's salon-style show, "Benches and Binoculars," with an incisive essay about both the frustrations and pleasures of this splashy, wide-ranging exhibition of paintings from the museum's permanent collection.
Dec 4, 2009
Master and Commander
Artist Ruben Nusz grapples with the "masterpieces" from the Louvre, now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and with the slippery, troublesome nature of the term itself.
Nov 23, 2009
Dan Graham's Postmodern Dreams, Come to Life
Camille LeFevre ruminates on Dan Graham's retrospective at the Walker, and on the "peripatetic, insouciant, and incisive" ways in which his work has foreseen the highly mediated world we now live in.
Oct 22, 2009
Everything and Nothing, All at Once
Ruben Nusz weighs in the ongoing Rob Fischer exhibition, at Franklin Artworks through October 30, calling the artwork "challenging, but wholly worthy" of your attention.
Sep 16, 2009
Healing the Wounds of War: "Combat Paper Project"
Alison Morse looks into the "Combat Paper Project," at the MCBA Sept 21 - 28, with a profile of the artists who transform their uniforms and raw wartime experiences into work that offers a rare and personal window into the human toll of modern combat.
Sep 15, 2009
Inside the Cabinet of Wonders
An engaging essay by Andy Sturdevant on the perennial lure of strange and beautiful objects, written in honor of mnartists.org's inaugural ARTmn exhibition, "The Precious Object", which opens September 18 at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis.
Sep 10, 2009
More than Words: The Re-purposed Book
Britt Aamodt reviews the new Traffic Zone exhibition, "X-Libris: The Re-purposed Book," with a wide-ranging essay on the strange and wonderful terrain of contemporary book art.
Sep 3, 2009
Celebrating 10 Years of the Northern Printmakers Alliance
Ann Klefstad marks the 10th anniversary of the Northern Printmakers Alliance with a tribute to the distinctive, contemplative sensibility and quirky wit that drives the varied work made by this tight-knit community of accomplished Northland artists.
Aug 10, 2009
Space Exploration: MCAD/McKnight Visual Arts Fellows 2008-09
Mason Riddle reflects on the fruits of a year of practice by the 2008-09 McKnight Visual Arts Fellows -- Jennifer Danos, Janet Lobberecht, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, and Megan Rye -- on view in the MCAD Gallery through August 12.
Aug 5, 2009
The Ghost of the Grid
Artist Ruben Nusz offers an incisive, far-ranging deconstruction of the conceptual art on view in this year's "Summer Invitational" group show at Thomas Barry Fine Arts, organized in part by a promising if challenging artist, Justin Schlepp.
Jul 6, 2009
Eyes Wide Shut -- Karel Funk
Artist and occasional critic Ruben Nusz took in the exhibition of paintings by Karel Funk at the Rochester Art Center -- read on for his incisive thoughts on the virtuosic technique and formal intelligence behind the work on view.
Jun 9, 2009
Seeing "Six McKnight Artists" at the Northern Clay Center
Mason Riddle calls this show of 2008 McKnight fellows' new work in ceramics "one of the most compelling of its kind in recent memory." Read on to find out what she found so striking about the exhibition (on view at Northern Clay Center through July 5).
Jun 8, 2009
Saraceno's Floating Worlds
Camille LeFevre reflects on the airy, utopian constructions of architect Tomás Saraceno, a number of whose creations are on view this summer at the Walker Art Center.
Jun 4, 2009
Life in Tom Arndt's Minnesota
Mason Riddle offers a thoughtful critique on the retrospective of Tom Arndt's extensive body of work in light of the ongoing exhibition, "Home: Tom Arndt's Minnesota," on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through August 23.
May 18, 2009
Improvisations on Some Very Big Themes
Ruben Nusz weighs in on two high-minded exhibitions currently on view, focusing on work by two philosophically inclined artists: Isa Newby Gagarin ("Beru," now at Midway) and Kris Martin (part of the Walker's "The Quick and the Dead" group show).
May 13, 2009
Of Transgenic Petunias and Glow-in-the-Dark Bunnies
Camille LeFevre offers some historical context for the "Edunia" and breaks down the thorny issues raised by the eagerly anticipated unveiling of bio-artist Eduardo Kac's latest creation, a "plantimal" hybrid combining his own DNA with that of a petunia.
May 6, 2009
Hannah Dentinger reflects on Robb Quisling's new show, "(ISP) Individual Service Plan," on view at the DAI. She finds it to be an incisive exploration of modern domesticity, by turns lyrical and lurid, and evidence of a playful, sometimes dirty mind.
Apr 29, 2009
How to Make a Conceptual Art Show
A five-way interview done via IM with the artists behind the high-concept show, CAPRICE, opening at Art Of This Gallery on May 9. Ruben's question -- so, what the heck are you planning to do? -- is straightforward. It turns out the answer is anything but.
Mar 25, 2009
Territories Real and Imagined
Mason Riddle offers a round-up of three gallery exhibitions: "LandEscape" at Thomas Barry Fine Arts, "Corridor Views: Industrial Landscapes of Minneapolis and Saint Paul" at Groveland Gallery, and Dietrich Sieling's "Giraffe-man" at Bockley Gallery.
Mar 4, 2009
Unsung Alchemist: Hollis MacDonald
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.