Apr 22, 2013
Contemporary life blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy - we're accustomed, even numb to that fact. "More Real?" at the MIA takes a direct dive into this murky territory, where such questions and conundrums abound.
Mar 29, 2013
The Grocery Store as Gallery
Jay Orff asks, "Is food packaging art?" From Warhol's famous soup cans to the minimalist design of the boxes of tea for sale at his neighborhood co-op, he considers the confluence of aesthetics, commerce and creativity in our grocery aisles.
Mar 27, 2013
Lies Like Truth
Nathaniel Smith explores the illusions and play on perspective in the two shows up in the MIA's MAEP Galleries through March 31: Brett Smith's cinephilic "Superimpostor" and David Bowen's trippy simulation of Lake Superior waves, "underwater."
Mar 22, 2013
Warhol and the Art of Making Money
Inspired by 'Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,' with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art's take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words.
Mar 14, 2013
Exchange: A Conversation on Painting with Joe Smith
Painters Joe Smith and Ruben Nusz sit down for a far-ranging conversation, about self-help and primal gestures, blankets and childhood, making and seeing things in the unfixed, unnamed moment before language.
Mar 6, 2013
Currents of Memory
Writer Sheila Regan reviews Nina Canell's exhibition, "Stray Warmings," at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis through April 6.
Mar 1, 2013
To Dream of a New Kind of Making
Cecilia Ramon and Carla Stetson set out to create a work together, collaborating on every detail from conception to installation. Ann Klefstad writes on the results, on view at the Duluth Art Institute's "Confluence/Confluencia" show.
Feb 13, 2013
Please Touch the Art (As Directed)
Usually the rules of going to a gallery are simple: Don’t touch anything, don’t even get particularly close. But at the Walker Art Center's "The Living Years: Art after 1989," ways of seeing the art quickly get more complicated.
Feb 6, 2013
Why is the College of Visual Arts Closing, and What Comes Next?
Camille LeFevre digs behind the official talking points, speaking to CVA's interim president, faculty and alumni about the college's money troubles, sinking enrollment, and community concerns about management, plus grassroots efforts to save CVA.
Jan 31, 2013
Why Is Cindy Sherman Making Faces?
Lightsey Darst says the Cindy Sherman show is one of the most important bodies of feminist art today, but not for any of the reasons cited on the wall in didactics accompanying the artist's retrospective (at the Walker through Feb. 17).
Jan 25, 2013
Dress Meets Dancing Body
Rei Kawakubo’s costumes for Merce Cunningham’s company created a best-case scenario: a classic in the annals of modern dance, artistic collaboration and fashion history.
Dec 28, 2012
At a Coffee Shop in 'City of Seals'
Jay Orff aims to find a fresh path through "City of Seals" (at David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis through January 12), to see the work by Kristopher Benedict and Fabienne Lasserre on its own terms, in this poetic little dispatch from the gallery.
Dec 14, 2012
The State of the Arts
Nathaniel Smith tweaks the usual year-end list by assessing the state of the arts here in MN, beginning with the pros and cons of pop-up galleries, art and craft fairs and the financial domination of the MCAD Art Sale in the Twin Cities scene.
Nov 15, 2012
What Do You See When You Turn Out the Lights?
Poet, professor and art historian Stephen Tapscott gives a close reading of the bold new photographic work by Tucker Hollingsworth, situating it in the larger context of Modernist "self-consciousness" about creative process, technique and materials.
Nov 9, 2012
A Cat Lady Walks Into a Bar
Katie Czarniecki Hill
Katie Czarniecki Hill - art historian, mnartists.org staffer and an organizer of this year's Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker -- seriously considers Jaime Carrera's recent "Dummies" exhibition of cat prints at Palmer's Bar in Minneapolis.
Nov 5, 2012
Art of the Steal
Sheila Regan considers two shows: recent unauthorized performances of famous choreographers' dance solos and Broc Blegen's conceptual art recreations, now at the MIA. She asks: Is this sort of appropriation plagiarism or homage? Fair use or naked theft?
Oct 24, 2012
The Art of Play
Art historian Sheila Dickinson reviews Andy DuCett's sprawling funhouse of an exhibition, "Why We Do This," on view at the Soap Factory through November 11.
Oct 12, 2012
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Oct 5, 2012
The Password Effect
Writer Jay Orff parses the spoken word and visual arts experience of Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins' current exhibition at Midway, "Its chiming in Normaltown," on view through October 20.
Sep 13, 2012
My Little Town: Reflections on art and commerce
Jay Orff is still thinking about what he saw at the Minnesota State Fair this year - about life and art, commodity and value, about plastic bags knitted into fish and all that money just can't buy.
Aug 24, 2012
Becoming an Artist All Over Again
Ann Klefstad profiles Duluth-based artist Marian Lansky, a graphic designer who, after 22 years, becomes her own client - and conceives an alter ego, Shy Nimitta.
Jul 18, 2012
Building a Place of Attention
Matt Konrad profiles rosenlof/lucas (ROLU, for short), an art and design studio who've become known for the "superhybridity" of their practice, including landscape design and furniture creations, conceptual art projects and an internationally read blog.
Jul 5, 2012
Reanimating 'Dance Works'
Camille LeFevre wanders through the Walker's "Dance Works" exhibitions of Merce Cunningham's artist-created props and costumes, musing on the post-performance life of these set pieces, and the power of the 'kinetic imagination'.
Jun 29, 2012
Big Box Art
Jay Orff looks at the mass-produced decorative art at Target, and in the process at the larger cultural and commercial aesthetic sensibility that sells knock-offs of 19th and 20th century fine art side by side with socks, cheap chinos and toothpaste.
Jun 22, 2012
Joel Hagen responds to a group exhibition at the U of M's Nash Gallery which explores the irresistible but impossible task of recasting the timeless, inchoate wildness of natural landscapes into the mortal confines of human storytelling.