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Dennis Nechvatal's landscapes are too good to be true

Madison artist Dennis Nechvatal may paint landscapes, but you'd never accuse him of being a slave to botanical reality. Instead, he paints what you might call "magical hyper-nature." These landscapes are so lush, so green, they're too good to be true, but also a little creepy. They suggest the presence of humans, but no one is to be found. >More
 Animal Canon celebrates a year of creative gig posters in Madison

When John Soat and Mike Williams began their own screen-printing business in 2008, during their junior year at the UW-Madison, they didn't have a clue what they were doing. Guided by little more than Internet tutorials and an idea, the two cleaned out a room in Williams' basement, built a light table from a rotten picnic table, and set about trying to make their first poster. After a whole summer, they managed only to produce just one print. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: 2010 Art Fair on the Square (video)

For the umpteenth year, artists took over the Capitol Square over the weekend in an event benefiting the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. >More
 Wisconsin Vets Museum showcases soldiers' portraits in The Rise of the Fallen

A new exhibit commemorating soldiers who have died in the Afghan and Iraq wars opened Tuesday evening at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Aptly named The Rise of the Fallen, the exhibit contains 101 surreal, almost ghost-like portraits of the service people from Wisconsin who have died in these arenas since 2001. >More
 Arts Beat: Vintage posters offer window on UW-Madison history

A charming exhibit of the Memorial Union's historic silk-screened posters is on display this summer. The elegant hand-made posters, dating at least as far back as 1950, were created in the Union's art lab, the Craftshop. >More
 Union Cab is a hotbed of artistic expression

While Commie Taxi Drivers sprang from Moore's imagination, there's plenty of creativity inside those yellow cabs. Schepartz is a great example. When he's not writing books, such as his 2007 novel Vampire Cabbie, he's taking photographs and editing Mobius, a journal dedicated to literature, poetry and social change. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Wisconsin Triennial exhibit at MMoCA (video)

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's curator of exhibitions, Jane Simon, provides an insider's tour of a few pieces at this ambitious exhibit. >More
 Sharon Kilfoy's murals unite their communities

It's drizzling on Gallery Night, but a crowd has gathered this May evening outside the Social Justice Center at 1202 Williamson St. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin speaks, then Ald. Marsha Rummel and the Madison Arts Commission's Karin Wolf. As the rain continues, the crowd listens to Michael Bonesteel, of the Art Institute of Chicago, and to Dan Yopack from Santa Fe, who later identifies himself as a poet and shaman. >More
 Disquieting themes, fine technique in Chazen Museum's The Magic of John Wilde

The late John Wilde (1919-2006) is a legend among Wisconsin artists, and rightfully so. He was a master of what has been dubbed "magic realism" (think surrealism's cousin), and his paintings and drawings are eerie, unsettling and dark. >More
 MMoCA's Wisconsin Triennial is all over the place, to its credit

While there's always a place for art shows with clever themes -- like the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's show last year on evil -- I'm a sucker for big, unruly, grab-bag shows that spin off in many directions. >More
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