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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
 Harry Dumpty sits on a wall outside Madison Municipal Building

You've heard that story about Humpty Dumpty, who sat on the wall, had a great fall and so forth. This is not the story of Humpty Dumpty. This is a short tale about Harry Dumpty and how he came to be perched on a wall outside the Madison Municipal Building's west entrance overlooking Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. >More
 Madison Spring Gallery Night 2008 finds new venues on east side

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Gallery Night has grown to the extent that even the most avid art lover probably couldn't take in every venue without being able to teleport from spot to spot. >More
 Laura Dronzek & Katie Musolff: Faces and figures

Portraits and landscapes are two of art's most time-honored subjects, but these days they can also seem out of fashion in the world of contemporary art. The press is usually more consumed with, say, how much investors paid for British artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull ($100 million) than delving into the meaning of work that seems "traditional." >More
 Jasper Johns: Status symbols

Art is a tricky thing; just because something is almost universally accepted as great and canonical is no guarantee that any one of us, individually, will love it. Such is my struggle with Jasper Johns. While he's acclaimed as one of the leading American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, there's something about much of his work that leaves me a little ambivalent. >More
 Object lessons

The new show at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art doesn't really have a name, other than the merely functional "Art Department Faculty Exhibition." This recurring show was once called the Quadrennial, a name that didn't exactly roll off the tongue either, and is no longer accurate since the museum is not adhering to a strict every-four-years schedule. >More
 Madison's Jim Huberty shares his Vietnam-era collection

When Jim Huberty was a UW student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he socked away a dozen crates' worth of materials related to the era's Vietnam protests: posters, handouts, underground newspapers. He can't quite explain why he saved the stuff, much less why he kept it for 40 years. But he is revealing on the point when he notes: "I still haven't forgiven my mom for throwing out my baseball card collection." >More
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