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ART

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
 The Golden Age of British Watercolors fills the Chazen Museum with color and whimsy

Watercolor has sometimes suffered from a perception as a second-class medium, for a variety of reasons. Part of it is the association with casual "Sunday painters" and part of it is its delicacy compared to big, bold oil paintings. But the latest show at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art puts this often-underrated medium in the spotlight. The Golden Age of British Watercolors, 1790-1910, running through Dec. 2, showcases watercolor painting at the height of its popularity. >More
 PhotoMidwest's juried show highlights discussion-worthy pictures

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. Others merit an in-depth discussion, according to Bill Pielsticker, chair of PhotoMidwest, a biennial celebration of Midwestern photographers hosted by the Center for Photography at Madison. These pictures are the focus of a juried show that runs through Oct. 30 at Memorial Union's Porter Butts and Class of 1925 galleries. >More
 Offering of the Angels exhibit at Chazen highlights religious works by major Italian artists

The UW's Chazen Museum of Art is offering a glimpse into the past -- from 300 to 600-plus years ago -- through Nov. 25. Here, at Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery, visitors can admire rarely seen works from one of Europe's most famous museums: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Madison is this touring show's only Midwestern stop. >More
 Ernest Hüpeden exhibition launches a new gallery space at Edgewood College

With the completion of its new Visual and Theatre Arts Center, which includes a new gallery, Edgewood College can bring more artwork to the public. It's fitting that the inaugural exhibition in the gallery space is Ernest Hüpeden: Beyond the Forest. Curated by gallery director Paul Baker Prindle, this show features most of the mysterious itinerant painter's other known works. >More
 Art Fair on the Square brings thousands of wallets to downtown Madison

This weekend, an estimated 150,000-200,000 people will crowd Capitol Square to attend the 54th annual Art Fair on the Square. The overall economic impact of the fair on the local community is estimated at $25 million, according to a 2011 Chamberlain Research survey. >More
 Cecelia Condit wanders a harsh landscape in Within a Stone's Throw at MMoCA

"One, two, three, everywhere I go is me," intones Cecelia Condit at one point during her seven-minute video piece, Within a Stone's Throw. That circular, rhyming thought mirrors the circular structure of the piece itself. Poetic, haunting and starkly beautiful, the three-channel video is the centerpiece of a current Madison Museum of Contemporary Art show by the same name, on view through Sept. 23. >More
 MMoCA Art Cart puts creativity on wheels in 37th season

Hands-on art projects for young people have returned to area parks, beaches and playgrounds. The Art Cart kicked off its 37th season on June 18. >More
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