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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
 Will the Aaron Bohrod mural at the downtown Madison library survive?

Murals by two internationally famous artists-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin have recently been threatened. One, by John Steuart Curry, is being preserved by heroic measures. The fate of the other, by Aaron Bohrod, is unknown. >More
 SOLVE and his art live on at Madison East retrospective

The fate of artists is to be outlived by their creative legacies. The tragedy of Brendan Scanlon, the Chicago artist and Madison native known by his street-artist alias of SOLVE, is that he was murdered before he could leave a more complete artistic bequest. >More
 Harry Whitehorse leads Effigy Tree homecoming (video)

A neighborhood, a city and a nation welcomed a tree home to Hudson Park on Lake Monona's north shore during formal rededication ceremonies Saturday afternoon for "Let the Great Spirits Soar," the extraordinary sculpture by Ho-Chunk artist Harry Whitehorse. >More
 Robert Rauschenberg's closeup

You don't have to look hard to find uncanny parallels between the 1960s and our own decade: the election of a charismatic young president; a frayed social and political climate; and a prolonged war with seemingly no satisfying resolution. While some artists confront times like these head-on, others focus on personal or purely visual concerns. Some, like Robert Rauschenberg, do all three. >More
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