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Fat City Emporium offers Madison artists a new place to show their work

Fat City Emporium, a new gallery and retail space at 2716 Atwood Ave., opened its doors last Friday, giving local art lovers another place to admire, display and purchase pieces they love. Artist Ryan Robinson, who creates work under the name Rirostro, conceived of gallery after realizing that the near east-side building is unlike any other in town. >More
 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the American collage tradition with A Tumultuous Assembly

One man's trash is another man's treasure, as the saying goes. Artists have been working with cast-off materials and found objects for about a century now, beginning with pieces like Marcel Duchamp's inverted bicycle wheel mounted on a wooden stool and Cubist collages incorporating everyday items like newspaper clippings. Collage and found-object art-making became major trends in 20th-century art. >More
 Jim Dine's skull-themed art makes a bold statement at the Chazen Museum

Skulls have become such a commonplace motif these days that they seem drained of their meaning. From garish Ed Hardy T-shirts to faux-badass toddler clothes, they're everywhere, neither sinister nor edgy. Artist Jim Dine, known for his extensive reworking of a limited set of motifs (tools, hearts, bathrobes), can be exempted from this insipid trend. >More
 Chazen Museum's Changing Hands displays modern takes on Native American traditions

The latest exhibition by the Chazen Museum is a mammoth one, with an equally mammoth title: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. The traveling show organized by New York's Museum of Arts and Design runs through April 27. That long, dry title is ultimately a little misleading; there are several artists from the Upper Midwest, including two Madisonians -- but that's no matter. >More
 Yellow Rose Gallery to take root at the top of State Street

The 100 block of State Street has been teeming with activity over the past two years. First came the Fountain in late 2011, which quickly added concerts, poetry readings and sing-alongs to its menu. Then came 100State, a place for entrepreneurs and creative types to brainstorm and collaborate. Now a visual-art venture -- Yellow Rose Gallery -- is preparing to join this mini-community. Its doors will open in late March, according to founder Miles Kristan. >More
 Victor Castro raids recycling bins to create 'social sculpture' in Madison

Victor Castro is proud to create art with "leftovers." Castro, who is known for his public art projects in Mexico and Peru, received a $10,000 grant from the Madison Arts Commission last year to create a site-specific mural at the new Meadowridge Library. >More
 MMoCA's Real/Surreal blurs the lines between two contrasting art movements

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art examines how surrealism and realism might not be total opposites in Real/Surreal, a traveling exhibition on loan from New York's Whitney Museum of American Art (through April 27). This is a terrific show that challenges us to see familiar artists -- and some lesser-known ones -- in a new light. >More
 Capturing Nature exhibition at the Chazen asks a menagerie of questions

The Chazen Museum is an excellent place to escape the elements this winter. The main exhibition spaces contain two wonderful shows at the moment, one of drawings and paintings by Japanese artists Ikeda Manabu and Tenmyouya Hisashi (through Feb. 16), and the other of kimono sculptures by Karen LaMonte (through Jan. 12). >More
 The Chazen offers a fascinating glimpse of contemporary Japanese art

One of the great things about art is how it can reflect not only an artist's own time and experiences, but also enter into a dialogue with the history of art itself. A single work can call to mind a whole web of images and allusions. >More
 Madison in Motion

How do people get around town? For the Isthmus photo contest "My Madison Ride," we asked you to send in pictures of your unique mode of transportation. We received a lot of creative images of bikes and boats, as we expected. But we have to admit, we didn't see the helicopter coming. >More
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