Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

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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Julie Farstad

Julie Farstad


I see that Carla Knopp has put up a post on Nathan Boyer over at her blog, Rocktown,IN.

Jessie Fisher is the winner of the 2008 Miami University Young Painters Prize.

Shorttage has some photos and a review of Marcie Miller Gross‘s new show at Review Studios in KC.

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Evil Prints

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 Deb Sokolow

I think that I’m finally going to make it out to see the Deb Sokolow exhibit that’s been up for a few weeks now at the Kemper Museum.  Here’s how the museum describes it:

 “For the Kemper Museum, Sokolow will work directly on the gallery walls to construct a new storyline based on an amateur detective’s attempts to unravel a mystery involving barbecue sauce, food critics, condiment espionage, and Kansas City’s SubTropolis. Written in the second-person and following the narrative structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure-a popular series of children’s books-viewers will assume the role of the central character and determine the fate of the inquisitive detective.”

I’m really and truly, completely unsure of how I’m going to feel about the show–or even how I’m going to determine how I feel about the show.  I feel a little like I’m not sure what criteria I’ll need to pull out of the magician’s hat in my mind if I want to decide whether it’s a good show; if  I’m having a good time or if I’m learning anything from it. 


So I’d like to ask you, our readers to talk, not about this artist or the exhibit, but about what criteria do you bring to seeing a show?  What do you look for?  Are these criteria consistent, do they vary, and how universal do you think they are?  The larger question here is, of course: how do you define quality?  how do you place value on an artist’s work (aesthetic, not monetary value)?


I want to hear from a lot of people here.  I want 200 comments. This is the one that everyone ought to be able to jump in on–students, starving artists, art stars, non-artists, curators, bloggers, etc. etc.  I have some ideas about who reads this thing, and who never leaves any comments.  I’ll be frowning at you until you jump in…



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Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson


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David Ngirailemesang

David Ngirailemesang, an artist based in Houston, TX, is showing his Disguise Series drawings at the University of Central Missouri’s Art Center Gallery, January 14-February 22, 2008.  Artist talk February 4th at 3 PM in the gallery.

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Dan Gratz

Kansas City-based artist Dan Gratz is showing his Etch A Sketch drawings at KC’s Syringe Gallery.  You can watch a movie of Dan making these drawings on his website (look at that: he works general to specific!).  Here is a link.

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