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Madison's Statue of Liberty replicas need some TLC

Efforts are under way to restore both of Madison's liberties: the distressed Statue of Liberty replica that has stood for 40 years in Warner Park, and the more fanciful Statue of Liberty that has appeared on Lake Mendota's ice off the Memorial Union Terrace at irregular intervals since 1979. >More
 Wisconsin painters Charles Munch and Randall Berndt look at humans vs. nature

Charles Munch and Randall Berndt, two artists who have exhibited together before, make for a natural pairing in the current exhibition at Grace Chosy Gallery, which runs through May 28. Both are respected Wisconsin artists with decades-long careers. More important, both deal with nature-related themes and question the ways in which humans relate to the world around them. >More
 Check out these under-the-radar events for Madison's spring 2011 Gallery Night

Madison's spring Gallery Night takes place Friday, May 6, with art galleries of all shapes and sizes opening their doors for special exhibitions, showings and performances. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is organizing the event, and has compiled a list of Gallery Night happenings. But that listing, though extensive, doesn't include every art event happening Friday night. >More
 Holy Image, Sacred Presence at Chazen features a portable Jesus and other icons

Nowadays, we tend to think of art as a vehicle for self-expression, something an individual creates to convey his or her own feelings and ideas. We place a premium on the singular vision of the artist. Those 21st century values, however, did not always hold sway. >More
 Dane County marks 175th anniversary with Day in Dane photo project

Remember Madison's sesquicentennial back in 2006? Well, this year marks Dane County's 175th anniversary. As part of the observances, a series of four Day in Dane photo surveys are being organized. The first occurs this weekend. >More
 Shinique Smith uses our garbage to her own ends

It's no secret that American society is, to a large extent, obsessed with acquiring, using and throwing away stuff. We're a consumer culture. Says Brooklyn-based artist Shinique Smith, who deals with these themes in her work, "These things that we use and discard, it's akin to a cycle of life in a way. I became very aware of it when I moved to New York [in 2003]. The glut is more exposed there." >More
 From frozen Lake Mendota, Hongtao Zhou conjures up ice furniture

Hongtao Zhou requires temperatures below freezing through at least the end of this month. An MFA candidate at UW-Madison, he is accustomed to profound chill. He studied furniture design and wood science in Harbin, the northeast Chinese megalopolis renowned for its spectacular ice festival and brutal winters, with January high and low temperatures averaging nine degrees and -12. >More
 Rapture by Shirin Neshat puts viewers between women and men

Many of us in the West seem to consider Iran mostly through the viewpoints of talented exiles: graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and visual artist Shirin Neshat, both of whom have branched into that quintessentially global art form, film. Last Friday the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opened its exhibition of Neshat's acclaimed 1999 video installation, Rapture, with a one-night-only showing of her haunting 2009 feature film, Women Without Men. >More
 Arts Beat: Frederic March painting vandalized at Memorial Union

A large portrait and familiar icon is missing from the Fredric March Play Circle at the UW Memorial Union. The reason is that it's been vandalized. A conservator is studying the damage. It could be beyond repair. >More
 Madison galleries offer an art collector's paradise

Building up a collection of artful things -- whether craft or fine art -- doesn't have to be off-putting or even expensive. While Madison may not have the range of galleries found in larger cities, it does have an array of places where you can nab treasures to adorn yourself and your home. From jewelry and ceramics to paintings and sculpture, here's a look at just some of the places in town where you can scratch your aesthetic itch. >More
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