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ART

George Segal in the city

When George Segal: Street Scenes opens next week at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Martin Friedman will be standing in two of the exhibition's works at once. The emeritus director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis was among friends of the artist who modeled for his figurative plaster sculptures. The customer in Hot Dog Stand (1978) is Friedman. So is the second figure in Depression Bread Line (1991). >More
 Ben Bauman creates a SOLVE tribute mural at Mother Fool's

The irony was sharp as a knife. Mother Fool's Coffeehouse provides a permission wall on the east side of its building, where artists for many years have painted murals at intervals of about one month. But its opposite wall, facing Ingersoll Street, was one of the places that got tagged in the outbreak of SOLVE and R.I.P. SOLVE graffiti in Madison after the June stabbing death of the celebrated street artist and East High School alumnus Brendan Scanlon in Chicago. >More
 A sense of place

Site-specific art installations are just what the name implies, pieces that have been designed for exhibition in a particular setting: a certain space, a certain audience, a certain moment in time. Through Nov. 16, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting "The Absent City," the work of Miami-based artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. The pair have taken over three of MMoCA's most prominent spaces, all visible from the street: the pointed glass "prow," the lobby and the State Street Gallery. >More
 Gifts that keep giving

Courting donors has long been a fact of museum life. Most institutions hope that, either in the short term or after their passing, art collectors will donate all or part of their treasures. While it's a delicate dance, when it comes together, the public stands to benefit. To wit, the UW's Chazen Museum of Art is currently showing two exhibitions based on the personal collections of donors. >More
 R.I.P. SOLVE: Murder of Madison East alum Brendan Scanlon spurs tributes

The outpouring of SOLVE and R.I.P. SOLVE graffiti in Madison is one measure of the esteem in which Madison East High School alumnus Brendan Scanlon was -- and still is -- held by his friends and admirers in the street-art community. The 24-year-old artist, known as SOLVE, was stabbed to death in Chicago in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 14. A suspect was arrested and has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. But you can't murder an artists legacy. >More
 Painter TL Solien creates deeply personal symbols

In Madison artist TL Solien's large, often busy paintings and prints, candy colors belie the pictures' melancholy undercurrents and allegories. Literary and pop-culture references - running the gamut from Melville's Moby Dick to Disney's Goofy - are used to investigate Solien's personal experiences, from fatherhood and marriage to life as an artist. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's new exhibition, "TL Solien: Myths & Monsters," is the first major local show of the artist's work since his arrival here in 1998 to teach in UW-Madison's art department. >More
 Wisconsin artists gather at the Building a Visual Arts Legacy exhibit

While there is really no such thing as "Wisconsin art" -- in terms of a specific style or movement -- we'd all be in a sorry state without Wisconsin artists and the museum professionals and donors who are also an important part of the cultural ecosystem. >More
 The Chazen Museum goes to the circus

I approached the Chazen Museum of Art's new circus-related exhibitions with a touch of hesitation. Could a non-circus-goer appreciate "Ringmaster: Judy Onofrio and the Art of the Circus" and "Harry A. Atwell, Circus Photographer"? While I have some mixed reactions to Onofrio's work, the answer is yes. >More
 The Madison Art Bikes Rally returns for Bike to Work Week

"Get out of your car, and get onto your bike" was the primary refrain at this year's Madison Art Bikes Rally, which returned once again to the Dane County Farmers' Market on Saturday morning. Dozens of participants brought modified bicycles both simple and fantastical for a parade around Capitol Square, both to share their creations and to advocate the oppotunities of self-propelled transportation. >More
 Madison Art Bikes Rally 2008: The bicycle as creative medium

Last weekend's Madison Art Bikes open house provided an opportunity to admire some of the bicycles that will be part of this coming Saturday's art bike rally around the Capitol. Scheduled to start at 11 a.m. from the Madison Children's Museum, the annual event promises to once again be quite a spectacle of creative imagination. >More
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