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Jason S. Yi examines order, chaos and change in A Fragile Permanence at MMoCA

The lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was packed the night of Aug. 23, when Milwaukee-based artist Jason S. Yi debuted his site-specific installation A Fragile Permanence. From the top of MMoCA's main staircase, the crowd looked like a swarm of dots moving about at random, but up close it was clear that much of the movement had a purpose. >More
 Two exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery explore summer's pleasures with whimsical objects

I've spent the summer searching for an inexpensive grill, and by now I've grown mighty tired. Perhaps that's why I was drawn to the latest pair of shows at the James Watrous Gallery. >More
 New mural by José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba will illustrate Madison's human-rights milestones

What does Madison's soul look like? Mexican muralist José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba has been asking himself this question since arriving in town last month from Madison's Mexican sister city, Tepatitlán. As part of an international artist exchange, he will soon begin working on a mural for the Madison Municipal Building. >More
 Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More
 Art meets anthropology at Gallery 99

It was a wintry January night, and Lakeview Bakery & Deli was packed. People were there for bread, but not the kind traditionally sold at the Wilson Street shop. They came for an art show called Baked: Bread Sculptures on the Rise, produced and presented by Gallery 99, a pop-up gallery that organizes art shows around town. >More
 20th-century art stars are the subjects and creators of the Chazen Museum portrait exhibition A Passion for Photography

Artists, like writers, often work in solitude. Sure, there are larger-than-life, highly public personalities (think Andy Warhol), but there are also plenty who are happy to hunker down in the solace of their studios and let their work do the talking. That's why it's all the more fascinating to see famous artists in their studios or living spaces, a subject that occupies much of the newest Chazen Museum exhibition, A Passion for Photography: The John W. and Carol L.H. Green Collection. >More
 Goodbye Absolutely Art, hello MadCity Bazaar

Madison will lose Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave., at the end of the month when the show "A Discourse on Love" concludes. But it will gain another creative project: a pop-up flea market called MadCity Bazaar. It's a new venture helmed by Absolutely Art owner Meghan Blake-Horst and collaborator Joe Mingle. >More
 Fat City Emporium offers Madison artists a new place to show their work

Fat City Emporium, a new gallery and retail space at 2716 Atwood Ave., opened its doors last Friday, giving local art lovers another place to admire, display and purchase pieces they love. Artist Ryan Robinson, who creates work under the name Rirostro, conceived of gallery after realizing that the near east-side building is unlike any other in town. >More
 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the American collage tradition with A Tumultuous Assembly

One man's trash is another man's treasure, as the saying goes. Artists have been working with cast-off materials and found objects for about a century now, beginning with pieces like Marcel Duchamp's inverted bicycle wheel mounted on a wooden stool and Cubist collages incorporating everyday items like newspaper clippings. Collage and found-object art-making became major trends in 20th-century art. >More
 Jim Dine's skull-themed art makes a bold statement at the Chazen Museum

Skulls have become such a commonplace motif these days that they seem drained of their meaning. From garish Ed Hardy T-shirts to faux-badass toddler clothes, they're everywhere, neither sinister nor edgy. Artist Jim Dine, known for his extensive reworking of a limited set of motifs (tools, hearts, bathrobes), can be exempted from this insipid trend. >More
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