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Wisconsin Triennial project Café Allongé turns coffee-shop tables into miniature stages

Local performance-art pair Spatula&Barcode are taking their Wisconsin Triennial contribution, Café Allongé, beyond the walls of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through Jan. 4. For this "tabletop theater" project, they recruited local artists to perform at independent coffee shops across the city. Designed for one to five people, each performance is personalized, with topics ranging from death to seduction to breastfeeding. >More
 Tandem Press reopens with a visit from Irish street artist Maser

With economic recessions come higher levels of depression, the effects of which can last for years. Interventions such as psychotherapy and medication can help, but what about public art? Irish art star Maser is optimistic that it can. >More
 Inhabited Landscapes turns James Watrous Gallery into a force of nature

Works by seven Wisconsin artists turn the walls at James Watrous Gallery into the very thing the space's latest exhibition is titled: Inhabited Landscapes. The group show's contributors include artists represented by Milwaukee's Tory Folliard Gallery, such as Wisconsin Triennial exhibitor Charles Munch and Madison-based painter Dennis Nechvatal. >More
 Exquisite Uterus Project fosters expressions of reproductive rights

Last spring Helen Klebesadel, a local artist and educator, encountered a problem when trying to plan a women's studies conference with UW-Green Bay professor Alison Gates. Neither woman could get down to business because both were incensed. Attacks on reproductive rights were happening left and right, including laws requiring women seeking abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds. >More
 Installation art is a highlight of the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

Every three years, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art starts to resemble a menu item at the Old Fashioned: the Wisconsin tasting plate. The transformation happens during the Wisconsin Triennial, which is a great way to sample art being made around the state. >More
 James Watrous Gallery's Systems for Abstraction asks thorny questions about perception

The familiar shapes of people, buildings and plants help viewers form an instant connection with many figurative works of art. Abstract pieces often engage observers more slowly, helping them examine perceptions that lie beyond the realm of sight. Featuring works by Wisconsin artists Jill Olm, Beth Racette and Leslie Vansen, the Systems for Abstraction exhibit at James Watrous Gallery (through Aug. 25) dares visitors to ponder things they can't quite see or quantify, from physical experiences to ever-changing relationships. >More
 Upstart art: Several new groups want to strengthen Madison's creative economy

From the Capitol to North 6th Street, East Washington Avenue is transforming. There's a fresh crop of apartments, buzz about a new business incubator, and an onslaught of road construction. The most exciting addition, however, isn't a fresh layer of pavement. An art movement seems to be brewing, yet it's so far underground that many locals can't see it. >More
 Small spaces, big ideas: Little Galleries arrives on Monroe Street

Last Friday a new art gallery opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monroe Street. The building's sleek black lines and glass windows blend in with the surrounding architecture, and its first exhibit is attracting plenty of foot traffic. Pretty good for a gallery with less than three square feet of space. >More
 Promising visual artists work under the radar in Madison

At first glance, Madison seems like a fertile environment for visual artists. We have two quality museums: the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the UW's Chazen Museum of Art. We also have a smattering of galleries, a top-ranked printmaking program with award-winning alumni, and several residents who show and sell work in major cities. But do these elements add up to a flourishing scene for drawing, painting, photography or sculpture? >More
 Gifts of the Ebb Tide highlights some of the Chazen Museum's finest Japanese prints

Every museum collection has its particular strengths. Local lovers of Japanese prints " or elegant design in general " are lucky that the UW Chazen Museum of Art has significant holdings of high-quality prints. The museum is showing off a recent purchase and some long-held prints in the exquisite "Gifts of the Ebb Tide: The Sea in Japanese Prints," (through Sept. 1). >More
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