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The Elevation of Craft: Michiko Itatani, Beth Lipman, Clare Malloy, and Betsy Youngquist at the Tory Folliard Gallery

Powerful art is always comprised of many layers.  These layers illuminate what is literal and then through intelligent and witty ways, elevate the audiences understanding of an artwork to a deeper level.   I was reminded of this lesson while recently viewing the current exhibition, The Object Transcended:  Michiko Itatani, Beth Lipman, Clare Malloy and Betsy Youngquist, at the Tory Folliard Gallery.  This group show is comprised of delicate and ornate sculptures along with a collection of small paintings, works on paper, and large scale photographs.  Each artist featured brings a unique...

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From Charles Saatchi to Milwaukee’s Avant-garde in 5 paragraphs

Sometime its best to take a step back, take a deep breath, refocus, trust your instincts, and then jump back in.   At least that’s my advice to Charles Saatchi, a steady man and international art advocate who doesn’t need to hear my two cents.  He’s been investing and reinvesting in art since long before I was old enough to become conscious and aware of his importance, and I must agree with some of his sentiments about the current state of the art community in his recent article, CHARLES SAATCHI: THE HIDEOUSNESS OF THE ART WORLD written for the Guardian.   I too have...

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