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After a first look, abstract Sean Scully paintings at Chazen don't resonate

Abstract art is a funny thing: Sometimes it can be transcendent, and sometimes it leaves me cold. In the transcendent camp, I'd include the Chazen Museum of Art's Helen Frankenthaler painting Pistachio (1971). There's something about the delicate washes of green, golden yellow, blue and pinky-red that I find both comforting and engaging. >More
 Chazen Museum's Hanga Traditions explores divergent approaches in Japanese printmaking

Among its many cultural contributions, Japan is known for its highly refined printmaking traditions. Luckily for Madisonians, the UW's Chazen Museum of Art has a strong collection of Japanese prints, some of which are on display in "The Hanga Traditions: Twentieth-Century Japanese Woodcuts" through Jan. 15. >More
 Downtown Madison bike rings pleasing to the eye

They weren't intended as public art, but downtown Madison's new bike rings are both functional and eye-catching. They're officially "parking meter pole bicycle parking rings," and they feature the silhouette of a bike and the city's name. They're clamped onto meter posts on the isthmus, especially in areas where multi-pay stations are being placed. >More
 Amid construction, UW-Madison protects 70-year-old works

Murals by celebrated regionalist John Steuart Curry are getting exceptional attention on campus, though the public can't tell so far. Collectively entitled The Social Benefits of Biochemical Research, the painter's 1941-43 works were encased in place, inside a special "jewel box," while the surrounding Biochemistry building, on Henry Mall, was gutted. >More
 Four can't-miss stops for 2011 Fall Gallery Night

With over 60 official events, and a handful of unofficial gatherings, Madison's autumn Gallery Night -- this Friday, Oct. 14 -- can be overwhelming. So to get you started, here are four interesting stops where you're encouraged to keep your ears open for subsequent can't-miss stops. >More
 MMoCA shows off its spectacular Chicago Imagism collection

Fans of contemporary art, pop culture and counterculture, take note: Madison is now home to one of the best collections of Chicago Imagism anywhere. From Ed Paschke's glowing, robotic-looking figures to the zany and grotesque images of Jim Nutt to the stylized social critiques of Roger Brown, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's collection is a treasure trove. >More
 Every overlooked public artwork in Madison has a story

Madison is a city of art. And some of it is often overlooked. Most of us take the public art of our landscape for granted. We walk or drive by it without a glimpse. We're busy, we're commuting; we leave it to tourists or children to really see where we live. That's too bad. As a result, the histories of some of the city's most iconic images have already vanished, their creators unknown. >More
 Multiple Americas are on display in MMoCA's E Pluribus Unum exhibition

As every schoolkid knows, the Great Seal of the United States bears the motto "E Pluribus Unum" ("Out of many, one."). That Latin phrase is also the title of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's newest exhibition. Drawn from work in MMoCA's permanent collection, the show probes different visions of America. >More
 Printmakers tackle the issues in Chazen Museum's The Loaded Image

You could say that the printmaker's art is the original mass medium. Centuries before the Internet, printmaking was a relatively quick and inexpensive way to share ideas and images, some of them quite provocative. >More
 Lewis Koch's Bomber photo installation recalls a wartime accident

"Coming upon the remains of war," says Lewis Koch. "In an incredibly remote and very pristine, stark landscape." This extraordinary experience inspired Bomber: A Chance Unwinding, the Madison photographer's new installation in the Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center. >More
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