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Alien invasion

Anyone who suffers from the misperception that all contemporary art is esoteric and impenetrable ought to get an eyeful of the new Karl Wirsum show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, "Karl Wirsum: Winsome Work(some)." >More
 True tales of a Dr. Sketchy's model in Madison

Let me start by saying this: wearing olive loaf pasties while encased in Saran Wrap is indeed as unglamorous as it sounds. The resulting response from an audience, however, makes it worthwhile. Ah, how we suffer for our art. Last Sunday was the big day -- the day we'd model for Dr. Sketchy's Back to School event. >More
 Why I'm modeling at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

With a tagline like "Drinking, Drawing, and Debauchery," we were pretty much already there. We also figured: How cool would it be to have members of one group happily hanging out at events put on by another group? And I suppose the exhibitionist in us did rear its head as we giggled, "Ooh! Ooh! Maybe one day we could be models!" It was bound to happen at some point. >More
 Sneakers as art

Like a lot of people from the hip-hop generation, Logan Nelson has always had a thing for sneakers. "It's been an obsession since I was a kid," says Nelson, 26, "but luckily for me, as I've grown up, so has the shoe game." Sneakers have transcended their origins as cheap sport shoes to become boutique fashion items and, for the true enthusiast, objects of art. >More
 Be a thousand-dollar dress model

Iowa City photographer Sonya Naumann's current work is a series of provocative, thoughtful portraits of individuals wearing her own $1,000 wedding dress. "Amidst my ongoing curiosity about the very nature of marriage, the business, the presence of the politics surrounding it, and my own connection to it, I knew I had to do something with that dress," she writes. >More
 Flower power

Earlier this year, the Chazen Museum of Art's "In Stabiano" exhibition transported us to southern Italy in the first centuries B.C. and A.D., before the terrible eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Now, with "Natura Morta: Still-Life Painting and the Medici Collections," the Chazen whisks us off to baroque Italy - in the 17th and early 18th centuries - farther north, in Florence. >More
 Aesthetic Apparatus talk posters and prints at Discovery World

Former Madisonians and Planet Propaganda designers Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra, better known as Aesthetic Apparatus, threw their hands up in one of the packed auditoriums of Discovery World on the lakefront of Milwaukee on Friday night. These guys don't stop. And word on the street is they won't stop. >More
 Khala Ghali: Art all at once on the Capitol Square

Exploring the arts community is a leisurely experience, usually. We take our time as we investigate this gallery, that studio, that performance group. But have you ever wanted to be fully immersed in Madison's arts scene, in all its diversity? >More
 The Effigy Tree departs overlook above Lake Monona

They came to rescue Harry Whitehorse's Effigy Tree this morning. The Ho-Chunk artist, his wife, Deb, Madison Arts Commission administrator Karin Wolf and other interested parties looked on as a city crew removed the work and placed it on a truck for conveyance to Whitehorse's studio in Monona. >More
 Bits and pieces

While some artists realize their internal visions out of whole cloth, others are like magpies, collecting visual fragments and putting them together in unpredictable ways. A brilliant example of the latter kind of artist is Jess (born Burgess Collins), who died in 2004 at 80. >More
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