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Sex, drugs and R. Crumb

In the '80s, a much hipper high school friend showed me some issues of a magazine called Raw. Edited by Art Spiegelman and Franoise Mouly, Raw revealed a side of comics far from the Sunday funnies or DC and Marvel superheroes. At the time, Raw shook up my sense of what comics could be with its bold, edgy style. >More
 Celebration of form and function at UW-Madison Art Lofts grand opening

What was once a former university warehouse at 111 N. Frances Street now holds the UW-Madison Art Department glass lab, metal sculpture foundry, ceramics, graduate darkroom, digital facilities and papermaking areas. Studio spaces for over 60 faculty and graduate students, as well as display and exhibition spaces, are a welcome addition to the department's facilities. >More
 Pioneering comics, disturbing gender attitudes in 'Underground Classics' at Chazen

Before Raw in the '80s, and well before today's acclaimed graphic novelists like Marjane Satrapi, were the early pioneers of underground comics. The Chazen Museum documents their scene in a new exhibition, "Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix". >More
 Mess Hall Press teaches Madison kids the art of design

When the Overture Center needed a flyer for its program to offer students and teachers $10 tickets to selected performances, it knew just where to turn. >More
 Evil is going on at MMoCA exhibition 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'

"Evil is easy, and has infinite forms." So said Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century philosopher and scientist, in a quote now emblazoned on the gallery walls in the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. >More
 More than meets the eye

Even if we accept a photograph as truth - and that's a pretty murky proposition - it's never really the whole truth, just one piece of it. Each of us, and by extension, the camera's lens, sees things from our own viewpoint. Minor shifts in perspective can trigger large shifts in perception. In a new exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, German-born photographer Barbara Probst confronts these issues in ways that are not only visually appealing but also offer, at times, an understated humor. >More
 Photographic juxtapositions in Barbara Probst exhibit at MMoCA

Even if we accept a photograph as truth -- and that's a pretty murky proposition -- it's never really the whole truth, just one piece of it. Each of us, and by extension, the camera's lens, sees things from our own viewpoint. Minor shifts in perspective can trigger large shifts in perception. >More
 Firecracker Studios bids farewell with 'The End is Here'

After five years of successes and struggles, Sam Johnson is pulling the plug on Firecracker Studios, a onetime gallery and longtime gig poster factory that worked to build a bridge between art and music in Madison. "Firecracker has changed what it does and how it does it," he affirms in an announcement about the closing, "but has never strayed from it's goal of keeping the Madison art scene interesting and fresh." >More
 Bold colors, weirdness

The Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery closes out the year with another of its serendipitous pairings. While the gallery typically presents what are considered side-by-side solo shows by two different artists, there's almost always some congruence between the two. >More
 Creator and destroyer Mami Wata flows at the Chazen

The title of the Chazen Museum of Art's new exhibition, Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas, is telling. Note that it's not arts about water spirits; it's arts for water spirits, in the sense that the makers of these artworks are invested in Mami Wata's powers and possibilities, both good and bad. We're talking connection, not mere depiction. >More
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