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Back to the Basics

As we all know, education is a valuable, powerful, and an often overlooked tool for artists to wield these days.  With the cost of higher education sky rocketing at the same time funding and grants for local schools are being cut it is getting increasingly difficult to keep art education in the curriculum.  However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as a group of art advocates and professionals in Milwaukee are doing their part to keep the Passion lit in the eyes of their students and others.   Leading by example, the Milwaukee Art and Teachers Association (MATA) held their...

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A Spectrum of Beauty

Navigating the cross streets and summer heat as an influx of people flooded the city to celebrate another festive weekend here in Milwaukee I was able to take a few minutes out to view and absorb some of the new exhibitions currently on display.  Surprisingly there are a variety of common traits and similarities between many of the shows, which helps create a unified feeling and represents a broad spectrum of beauty that one shouldn’t miss out on.   Starting off at the Peck School of Arts Inova Gallery the Fire was lit right from the beginning.   Walking through the door...

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In the Job Description

I just read the well written article, "Ryan McGinley Sued” by Rachel Corbett in which the argument was made by artist Janine Gordon that Ryan McGinley stole her concept years ago for a series of photographs he is now exhibiting and selling.   As an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the theory of appropriation and the notion that a large part of Arts duty is the passing on of an idea from one person to the next, from generation to generation, I am both worried and infuriated.   With a legal system primed for this kind of debate it seems a little to suspect that this...

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In Honor Of Cy Twombly

After hearing the sad news of the recent death of renowned artist Cy Twombly at the age 83, who according to reports had been battling cancer, I felt the need to react.   Richard Serra said it best in a book I read years ago that, “the Twombly’s I find interesting are the ones in which he tackles a giant canvas with a hard pencil and crayon, in which like Pollock he tries to make a grand statement.”   I couldn’t agree more.   I first saw one of Twombly’s large scale paintings when I was in high school at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.  I didn’t...

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