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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
 Clayton Brothers: Inside Out at MMoCA offers a strange, compelling take on the world

"More is enough" reads a cryptic motto painted on the wall of the Clayton Brothers' installation Wishy Washy, named after a Laundromat near their Los Angeles studio. That vague philosophy seems to sum up the brothers' jam-packed art. >More
 Cartoonists Across America, Phil Ortiz 'Simpsonize' Madison

Friday, Phil Ortiz and Phil Yeh painted a mural for the Henry Vilas Zoo that featured the State Capitol, the Madison skyline and Phil Yeh's signature zeppelins. >More
 Artists look at themselves in MMoCA's True Self

Identity is a notoriously slippery concept. What do we even mean when we talk about it? Some mixture, perhaps, of characteristics we can't change (like age or ethnicity) and things we can (how we dress). Other aspects of identity are not necessarily visible, like religious or political affiliation. Identity can be a reflection of the things we hold dearest about ourselves, or it can be a guise to cast off or change at will. >More
 Dennis Nechvatal's landscapes are too good to be true

Madison artist Dennis Nechvatal may paint landscapes, but you'd never accuse him of being a slave to botanical reality. Instead, he paints what you might call "magical hyper-nature." These landscapes are so lush, so green, they're too good to be true, but also a little creepy. They suggest the presence of humans, but no one is to be found. >More
 Animal Canon celebrates a year of creative gig posters in Madison

When John Soat and Mike Williams began their own screen-printing business in 2008, during their junior year at the UW-Madison, they didn't have a clue what they were doing. Guided by little more than Internet tutorials and an idea, the two cleaned out a room in Williams' basement, built a light table from a rotten picnic table, and set about trying to make their first poster. After a whole summer, they managed only to produce just one print. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: 2010 Art Fair on the Square (video)

For the umpteenth year, artists took over the Capitol Square over the weekend in an event benefiting the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. >More
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