Archive for June, 2008


We posted an image from Jane Barrow’s exhibit Air to Air in January.  Earlier this month, the artist left a comment here stating that while the exhibit was a real turning point for her, it has also been  a cause for frustration.  Barrow had been making decent-sized abstract oil on canvas paintings, but, disturbed by the continuing war in Iraq, decided to experiment with forms, scale and materials in  way that would allow direct address of the situation in Iraq.  Here’s a link to the earlier post.


I know that a lot of you reading this are deeply aware and engaged with these same things.  And, I know that those of you who make art, who write, curate, etc. make decisions regarding how directly or indirectly you approach your concerns about current events in your own work.  So, after the cut, more images of Jane Barrow’s work and a chance to, please, share your thoughts. (more…)

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I’m sure you cable TV watchers have seen this already.  But anyway…


Melanie and I are moving to Kansas City on Monday.  So I haven’t had time to get ready the next major post I’ve been wanting to do.  Just for fun then, here’s some random stuff I’ve been liking online lately. 


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Dialogue No. 4 of the Dialogue series, 2003.

From norbertmarszalek.com:

Norbert Marszalek’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Holter Art Museum in Helena, Montana; the South Bend Regional Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida; the Texas Artist Museum in Port Arthur, Texas; the International Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas; the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago; and the Bowery Gallery in New York City.

Mr. Marszalek’s work will be shown at the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford Midwestern, July 11-October 5, 2008), at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles ((Neo) Realism, a group show, July 14 – August 30, 2008), and in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Biennal (Contemporary American Realism, September 13 – November 2, 2008).

He is a familiar voice in the MWC blog comments. We’re opening up the floor for him to discuss his own work.


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Art Race!

Art Race, that’s right.  Read this.

More on Art Race.  More on Kenny Harris, the racing artist.

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David Hockney’s Looking at Woldgate Woods, a series of 10 paintings, is up for viewing at the Arts Club of Chicago, a nearly century-old private club where many world famous 20th c. avant-garde artists made midwest debuts (which means it doesn’t have to have a web presence).

Relevant linkage:

New City Chicago

Time Out Chicago



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Peter Dobill

Don’t watch this if you have a weak stomach.

I met Peter last fall, and got to see some of his performances in person. All of his pieces are one-shots, never repeated except in documented form. His website has several of these. He’s Brooklyn-based now, but grew up in the midwest.

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Julia Schwadron

Be sure to check out the Other Projects section of her website.  I’m into the “Signs For Myself” project, like There’s Always the Next One (after the cut).


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Aging Artists in NYC

I’m sure most of you have heard this NPR story “Perfecting the Art of Frugal Living”, about a study on aging artists living and working in NYC, but here is the link for those who may not.  Hear more from WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show.  Any thoughts?

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Carrie Gundersdorf

Carrie Gundersdorf

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design by Tom Huck

The Missouri Billboard Project plans to display pro-voting billboards designed by contemporary artists on highways and byways around the state, September 1-November 4, 2008.  Tom Huck, Peregrine Honig and May Tveit are the Missouri-based artists who have already designed billboards. 

Read more in Alice Thorson’s article form the KC Star (via Modern Art Notes).


-Also at Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green writes about floods currently affecting much of the midwest. 

-Reports this morning say that the McClatchy Newspaper Corp., which owns the Kansas City Star, is doing some major downsizing.  This includes writers and journalists covering specialized areas.  I haven’t heard anything indicating that  our local arts writer’s position is one of those being cut but we all know that dedicated arts columnists are pretty rare nowadays.  Having someone like Thorson doing the writing she’s doing is unique, and I would really hate to lose her.  So anyone who wants to google-bomb that link above, or contact the Star (readerrep@kcstar.com) please feel free.

-Two Indiana University alum are currently showing at The Painting Center in NYC, Sangram Majumdar and Ryan Cobourn. 

Matt Ballou has an exhibit of Dodecahedron paintings at the Gillock Gallery in Chicago.

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