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ART

Jasper Johns: Status symbols

Art is a tricky thing; just because something is almost universally accepted as great and canonical is no guarantee that any one of us, individually, will love it. Such is my struggle with Jasper Johns. While he's acclaimed as one of the leading American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, there's something about much of his work that leaves me a little ambivalent. >More
 Object lessons

The new show at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art doesn't really have a name, other than the merely functional "Art Department Faculty Exhibition." This recurring show was once called the Quadrennial, a name that didn't exactly roll off the tongue either, and is no longer accurate since the museum is not adhering to a strict every-four-years schedule. >More
 Madison's Jim Huberty shares his Vietnam-era collection

When Jim Huberty was a UW student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he socked away a dozen crates' worth of materials related to the era's Vietnam protests: posters, handouts, underground newspapers. He can't quite explain why he saved the stuff, much less why he kept it for 40 years. But he is revealing on the point when he notes: "I still haven't forgiven my mom for throwing out my baseball card collection." >More
 The Scientist's Eye and the art of technology at the UW

Curated by art history graduate students Amy Noell and Beth Zinsli, the small exhibit groups antique books on science -- astronomy, anatomy, entomology -- with recent artists' books that playfully interact with those splendid old volumes. The Scientist's Eye has many pleasures, and it is a useful primer on the artist's book, a relatively new genre whose practitioners design volumes that are, intrinsically, works of art. >More
 Paradise Lost? exhibit on climate change opens at Olbrich

"I was terrified," says professor David Mladenoff while speaking at the opening for Paradise Lost? Artists on Climate Change in the Northwoods exhibit at Olbrich Gardens on Saturday. The forest and wildlife ecology scientist at UW-Madison says that it wasn't fear of paper birch blight in the Northwoods that had him scared; it was fear of meeting with a group of artists. The scary topic: climate change. >More
 'Depression Bread Line' by George Segal coming to MMoCA

This is huge: In conjunction with its exhibition of works by George Segal this fall, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has commissioned a bronze casting of the George Segal sculpture "Depression Bread Line" for its permanent collection. It is difficult to overstate the significance of this morning's announcement. >More
 The Firecracker Traveling Sideshow pops into Overture this winter

After making its home on the east and south sides since its founding two-and-a-half years ago, Firecracker Studios is now stopping for a spell in downtown Madison. Nearly a dozen underground and pop artists have joined up with The Firecracker Traveling Sideshow to share their work in the first floor gallery at the Overture Center over the next couple of months. >More
 Don't believe your eyes

As exhibition titles go, "The Beautiful Lie" is a pretty seductive one. It's the name of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's show of work by British artist Stephen Hilyard, who is now associate professor of digital arts in the UW art department. >More
 Otis Redding at The Factory: One night only in Madison

Otis Redding and his band The Bar-Kays were scheduled to play a concert in downtown Madison on a cold and foggy Sunday evening -- December 10, 1967 -- but their twin engine Beechcraft crashed into the waters of Lake Monona, killing all occupants except for trumpeter Ben Cauley. One of the most tangible relics today of this tragedy is the gig poster created for concert. >More
 The world as it was

While the past is something we often think of as wearing a shroud of mist, a patina of nonreality, it is worthwhile to be vividly reminded that the past was as real to those who lived it as our own era is to us. >More
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