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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
 The Harry Whitehorse 'Effigy Tree' is in peril

Harry Whitehorse's Effigy Tree is in trouble. Overlooking Lake Monona from Lakeland Avenue west of Olbrich Park, the sculpture has taken a beating from the elements since 1991, when Whitehorse carved it from the trunk of a hackberry tree that had been shattered by a lightning strike. Restoration in 1997 slowed but has not stopped its weathering. >More
 A world of their own

While the two new solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery make use of everyday objects and settings as their starting points, they wind up someplace quite different. In photographer Jessica Jacobs' "Inside Out" and painter Robert Atwell's "Today and Tomorrow," viewers encounter artists who have developed their own visual worlds. >More
 Paper trail

Since completing her MFA at UW-Madison in 1977, versatile artist Jane Hammond has risen to international acclaim, garnered endowments and grants, and seen her work displayed in many of the world's most prestigious museums. >More
 The Wisconsin Pop Explosion says farewell to Madison

Around five years ago, a new series of gig posters started appearing around town. Screenprinted on thick stocks of paper, these bills were a far cry from most of the photocopied flyers taped to kiosks and stapled to telephone poles around town. Advertising The Super Eights at the Catacombs, Charlemagne at the Crystal Corner, and The Paragraphs at the Anchor Inn, among others, they suggested an approach to live music that was both more focused and likewise more playful than your typical club shows. They also were a harbinger of one of Madison's more influential music scenes this decade. >More
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