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Edgewood College Gallery's Art Lesson is a brave yet sensitive reflection on impermanence and desire

Don't let the name of Edgewood College Gallery's latest exhibition fool you. Art Lesson: The Boston School Considered (through Feb. 24) isn't really about Boston. Some would say these photos are about New York during the birth of punk and the emergence of AIDS, but that's not the whole story either. >More
 Trent Miller's Spindrift and Tether examines mystery's power to heal

"There's another new world at the top of the world for whoever can break through the ice," sings Josh Ritter in his 2010 song "Another New World." These words drifted through Trent Miller's mind as he created Spindrift and Tether, his new solo exhibition at the Wisconsin Academy's Watrous Gallery. It's displayed alongside Hidden States, an intriguing collection of video art by fellow Wisconsin artist Toby Kaufmann-Buhler. >More
 Chazen Museum's German and Austrian Prints examines European modernism

Print lovers owe themselves a visit to the UW's Chazen Museum of Art this winter. Two current shows, one showcasing work made at Tandem Press and the other highlighting a collection of prints donated by a UW alum, are essential viewing. >More
 Project Wisconsin creates 365 surprising logos for state towns

Wisconsin is famous for many things -- most notably beer, cheese curds and the Green Bay Packers -- but what makes the state's more than 1,200 individual towns special? Josh Cox and Doua Vue are exploring just that question. They are the team behind Project Wisconsin, a blog dedicated to branding one Wisconsin town for each day of 2012. >More
 Tandem Press: Twenty-Five Years exhibit at the Chazen is an ode to modern printmaking

The UW recently earned the number-two spot on U.S. News and World Report's list of top printmaking programs, but its reputation for papermaking, book binding, screenprinting and related endeavors has been growing since the founding of Tandem Press in 1987. >More
 What's new at the Chazen Museum

Last year's expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art, formerly the Elvehjem Museum of Art, didn't just double the square footage of the exhibition space. It shifted the focus of the permanent collection to modern and contemporary art, including works by artists born just a few decades ago. >More
 Greg Conniff's - 30 - examines branches, brambles and borders through a photographic lens

On display through Dec. 23, the new exhibition at the James Watrous Gallery has a curious title: - 30 -. A relic of the telegraph age, this symbol signifies the end of a document, typically a press release. But what might it mean for a collection of black-and-white photos, especially photos of weeds? >More
 Wisconsin candidates' campaign graphics provide clues to political strategy

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, flocks of political yard signs have once again descended upon the grasslands of Dane County. With five elections happening this year, the sheer number of placards dotting our landscape demands a review. >More
 Human and avian subjects merge in MMoCA's The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter

While many of Robert Lostutter's paintings are tense and inscrutable, the artist himself seems anything but. During a gallery talk last Friday to coincide with the opening of his solo exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago artist was affable and wore his emotions on his sleeve. >More
 MMoCA's Leo Villareal show showcases the light sculptor's highs and lows

Leo Villareal works with light -- LEDs, strobes, incandescent bulbs -- to create works that flash, glow and flicker. They're immediately absorbing as explorations of pure color, light and movement. Yet at times, there's something a bit superficial or gimmicky at play. Perhaps that tension is the sign of an artist who in on the right track but not fully mature. His solo show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art runs through Dec. 30. >More
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