The small yet potent exhibition, A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago, features the work of eight artists from the 1930s through the 1950s. The title does double duty, referring broadly to the city’s embrace, by collectors and institutions, of European Surrealism, and specifically to a group of artists who shared the same aesthetic sensibilities, often using the home as subject matter —Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Eldzier Cortor, Harold Noecker, Julio de Diego, Dorothea Tanning, Julia Thecla, and John Wilde.
MAKING WAVES, HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART: June 14, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019 "Making Waves is the first of two exhibitions highlighting the important role of women artists in the Museum's contemporary collection. In this show, the works by international and Hawai'i based artists all have a relationship to water."
The impact colors have on the psyche has been well-documented. Different colors can evoke emotions and affect moods: Reds incite excitement (and appetite, which is why many restaurants are painted that color); greens convey peace and tranquility; certain shades of blue are calming and invite introspection.
Artist Mark Mulhern uses a wide and vibrant color palate to move his audience and enliven his paintings in his latest exhibit, “Mostly People,” on display through November 24 at the Tory Folliard Gallery in the Third Ward.
Door County artist Craig Blietz, who has chosen the beloved bovine as the focus for his latest exhibit, “Herd,” on display now through January 13, 2019 at West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (the works are on loan from Milwaukee’s Tory Folliard Gallery).
Herd, the artist’s first solo exhibition at MOWA, features a new body of work of twenty-three paintings that depict his beloved cows. Created specifically for MOWA’s white cube gallery, Blietz’s heroic cow parade is the perfect marriage between barnyard chic and SoHo hip. As seen in Helianthus, Blietz places his impeccably drawn cows front and center, allowing them to float in a depthless background of muted agrarian symbols, such as sunflowers, corn stalks, and barns.
"He helped us see the beauty in the agrarian Midwest," said Blinderman, former director of Illinois State University's University Galleries, upon learning of Gregor's death on Monday. "He was one of those individuals who exemplified aging with grace, working each day, carrying paintings up and down his steep studio stairway two steps at a time.
Janica Yoder’s photograph, Rompecabezas, was recently acquired by the Honolulu Art Museum and will also be featured in an upcoming exhibition there entitled Making Waves - Works on paper from the collection and will be on view from 11/2018 to 3/2019.
There’s a lot of Fred Stonehouse in Fred Stonehouse’s latest show, “Night Vision,” at Tory Folliard Gallery (through Saturday, Oct. 13). Many of his recognizable artistic alter egos—the pop-surrealist, punk-folk, and generally irreverent figures—are clearly on view, but there’s also a lot of Fred Stonehouse the individual lurking inside them, too.
As you sit in artist Craig Blietz’s sunlit studio in Sister Bay and are surrounded by the large canvasses that will cover the museum’s walls, it’s hard to imagine that Blietz had been inspired by anything else than a short drive through rural Wisconsin, but that isn’t exactly the case.
The Wisconsin painter Craig Blietz is the toast of his native state, thanks to two exhibitions on view this season. His solo show at the Museum of Wisconsin Art features a new body of 30 works that depict the cows so beloved in this dairy-minded state.
A panel of of Iowa arts professionals selected visual artists Noah Doely of Cedar Falls, Mary Jones of Indianola and Julia Franklin of West Des Moines along with writer and illustrator Lauren Haldeman of Iowa City and photographer Molly Wood of Des Moines as this year's fellows from a pool of 66 applicants. The five new fellows were honored Wednesday during a ceremony with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg at the State Capitol.
Viewing Musolff’s work, one is struck by the detail and accuracy that she achieves, reminiscent of masterful artists of the past. Like them she has been practicing water color and gouache, her mediums of choice, for most of her life, giving her a virtuoso’s fluidity and control that can inspire wonder for its trump l’eau effects and well-choreographed compositions.
Often encompassing religious or surreal contexts, his paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with the artist's own delicate balance of humor, beauty and derangement. The artist, a Milwaukee native, has enjoyed over fifteen museum exhibitions across the country including a retrospective at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has been featured in Blab and other magazines.
While the artists share an interest in nature, they’re stylistically distinct in almost every way possible.
Musolff paints animals and plants that she finds on the Mississippi River directly onto paper, using watercolor and gouache paints. She chooses to paint from direct observation, meaning she just paints what she sees. One of her latest collections, “River Journal,” will be unveiled at the exhibition’s opening.
Fletcher, meanwhile, focuses on traditional Midwestern landscapes, often painting farmhouses standing starkly against moody skyscapes. He uses color to draw sensations of nostalgia from viewers as the works try to emulate an old-fashioned lifestyle on a family farm.
Wisconsin-native Breehan James has spent the past 10 years depicting her home state and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. A professor at Boston University, James says the works of 19th-century Nordic landscape painters have greatly influenced her own compositions. Here, she discusses how painting from life is liberating, the benefits of immersing oneself in nature, and why the wilds of Wisconsin always refresh her spirit.
Many fairy tales begin on an ordinary day. Then, something extraordinary happens.
That’s what occurred in the art studio of ceramicist Gerit Grimm in 2010. Grimm, who had long created ceramics with light colored clay and bedazzling glazes, came across some raw, dark clay that somebody had left behind.
Grimm, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a meticulous and accomplished ceramicist. Her work reflects an accumulation of influences and interests that date back to her childhood in the former German Democratic Republic, her years as a production potter, and her early fascination with the California Funk ceramic movement. She is a voracious consumer of art history and a determined boundary-pusher at the potter’s wheel.
Our Gallery was fortunate enough to have another one of our artists' works on the cover of Chicago Life magazine - this time it was Jan Serr. The painting has since sold, but please click HERE to see more of her fantastic work.
Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday.
Jason Rohlf’s paintings are abstract, yet conjure ideas of maps or stories. In the exhibition “Kismet,” on view at Tory Folliard Gallery, endless rings of circles, rows of arches, hanging diamonds and more play out in bright acrylic colors, sometimes painted on the relatively modest materials of shop rags or tarps.
New sculptures by Jeremy Popelka in his exhibition “Gravity” are also on view, and it is a good pairing as his figurative pieces share this type of synthesis. Inspired by his recent time in Thailand, Popelka fashions masks out of glass, incorporating textured surfaces that reference symbolic concepts.
An iron casting ladle, steel blowpipes, and oversize shears rest just steps away from the work stations where Sturgeon Bay artists Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard transform molten glass into sometimes practical, sometimes whimsical works of art.
Gerit Grimm claims no kinship to the brothers Grimm, but it’s fair to say her unglazed stoneware figures, fashioned on a potter’s wheel, are amazing tales each and every one. Cunningly crafted part by part, then assembled with elegance and grace, the seven distinct groupings curated by Graeme Reid populate the Hyde Gallery in the white wedge Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), crowning a hill in West Bend, Wis.