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The art of spaces at Design MMoCA

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is making use of an innovative exhibit to help raise money and bring in a wider cross-section of visitors. With Design MMoCA, artwork that usually finds itself with only the white wall for company now mingles with specially designed entire rooms. >More
 Goats with erect human penises at the Chazen

Whew! Just when I thought an angry mob might form PANTS -- People Against Naughty, Terrible Sculptures -- it appears the flap over the Chazen Museum of Art's sculpture by Beth Cavener Stichter has wound down. >More
 The impossible buildings of Filip Dujardin in Imaginary Architecture at the Chazen

Although he hails from Ghent, Belgium, an old city filled with storybook canals and picturesque buildings, that's not the sort of world photographer Filip Dujardin conjures up in his show "Imaginary Architecture." Instead, the artist has taken photographs of nondescript, often depressing modern buildings and remixed them using Photoshop to create strange hybrids. >More
 Chazen goat sculpture by Beth Cavener Stichter is a true work of art

Let me be clear: I am not on any level revolted by the kissing-goats-with-boners sculpture at the UW-Madison's Chazen Museum. But I am shocked -- on both a visceral and intellectual level. >More
 Textile artists show some edge at a Watrous Gallery show

Embroidery and cutting-edge contemporary art may seem like strange bedfellows. Unless you do some form of needlework yourself, embroidery probably sounds old-fashioned, corny or kitschy. But just as knitting has undergone a popular revival in recent years -- spawning books for alt-crafters like Stitch 'N Bitch by BUST magazine founder Debbie Stoller -- needlework techniques are being adopted by fine artists looking to confront contemporary issues. >More
 Printmaker Warrington Colescott berates wittily at Grace Chosy Gallery

Warrington Colescott, the acclaimed artist who taught at the UW from 1949 to 1986, once called himself a "research printmaker and mad-dog attack artist." That description sums things up pretty well. Colescott is known for his prodigious, inventive approach to printmaking technique, but also his sharp satirical wit. >More
 MMoCA's Apple Pie looks at America, from earnest to bleak

There's something I love about a Paul Shambroom photo in the collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The 1999 image captures a city council meeting in tiny Dassel, Minn. (population 1,134). Four middle-aged women, including the mayor, sit in a modest meeting room surrounded by maps and flags. Though they're casually dressed -- and each has a can of Coke at the ready -- there's a seriousness to the proceedings. >More
 Chazen's Automata features whimsical, wonderful sculptures that move

While interactivity is the buzzword of the Internet age -- and some contemporary artists do exploit high technology -- Automata: Contemporary Mechanical Sculpture offers a different kind of thrill. With the turning of simple hand cranks, the works in Automata, on view at the Chazen Museum of Art through March 14, spring to life to delight viewers in witty ways. >More
 Djam Vivie raises art from the ashes

With his sculptures and carvings, Djam Vivie likes to imagine he's giving something a new life. With his latest project, a series of four African-themed chairs, Vivie is trying to give a second life to a piece of art that was destroyed by arsonists 23 years ago on Madison's south side. >More
 Revolution Cycles mounts 'Art Pedaler' show

Angela Richardson describes "Art Pedaler" as an artistic celebration of bicycles, lasting "one fabulous night only." The Dec. 12 event at Revolution Cycles features prints, photos, sculptural work and paintings -- along with jewelry, belts, cuffs and bracelets crafted from recycled bicycle parts -- by more than 20 local artists. DJ MoPetto will provide the music. >More
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