2015 Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

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2015 Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

James Watrous Gallery, September 11-October 25
Brenda Baker, Kevin Giese and Mark Iwinski draw inspiration–and sometimes materials–from trees and wood to create sculpture, prints and other thought-provoking works of art that explore the concepts of forest health and environmental restoration.

Xu Bing, A Background Story: A New Approach to Landscape Painting
Chazen Museum of Art, October 16-January 10
Renowned contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing returns to the Chazen for his third exhibition, revealing a landscape created in situ using cardboard tubes, plastic bags, dried plants and hundreds of LED lights. A creative interplay of shadow and light forms mountains, rivers, trees and lakes in a large-scale light box.

Hair Apparent
Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, November 6-December 22
The bold, exuberant, often glitter-embellished, pop-culture-referencing paintings–and works on paper, clothing and even photographs of haircuts–of Romano Johnson line the walls of the main gallery space inside the Madison Public Library’s central branch. Romano, a Madison artist born with a cognitive disability, creates his work through the local nonprofit ArtWorking.

Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, February 6-May 15
MMoCA pulls from its own collection, as well as the expertise of curator Richard Axsom, who’s worked with Frank Stella for years, to showcase colorful abstract prints and paintings by the renowned minimalist artist.

Tyanna J. Buie
Edgewood College Gallery, February 26-April 3
A highlight of MMoCA’s major Wisconsin Triennial in 2013, Milwaukee artist Tyanna J. Buie is the focus of a solo show, which highlights her large paintings and prints that reflect emotions, memories and experiences from
her turbulent childhood in the
foster care system.

– Katie Vaughn

2015 Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

A long tradition of showcasing sculpture and a compelling exhibition of contemporary ceramics last fall has led the Chazen Museum of Art to put a collection of three-dimensional works on permanent display. The museum’s revamped fourth floor, revealed late this summer, features roughly fifty works in glass, ceramics, metal, wood and other media and includes pieces by Harvey Littleton, Karen LaMonte, Michael Lucero and Beth Cavener, artists who have been the focus of popular shows at the UW-Madison museum. – Katie Vaughn

If only there were a way to survey the local art scene–to find where art’s being shown and meet who’s making it. Oh, wait, that’s called Gallery Night, and the next one is October 2. Organized twice a year by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Night features artwork along with special extras like music, refreshments and artist receptions at more than sixty city galleries, museums and other venues. It’s a great way to get to know local galleries–like Fanny Garver Gallery, Hatch Art House, Gallery Marzen, Overture Galleries, Fat City Emporium, Yellow Rose Gallery, HYART Gallery and Janus Galleries–that showcase an exciting spectrum of art year-round. – Katie Vaughn

In a college town like Madison, it’s no wonder our local institutions of higher education host thought-provoking art exhibitions. On the UW-Madison campus, check out Gallery 7 in the Humanities Building and the newer Arts Lofts, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery in the School of Human Ecology and the School of Education Gallery; the Wisconsin Union offers shows at both the Memorial Union and Union South. And don’t miss the Edgewood College Gallery and Gallery 211 at Madison College. – Katie Vaughn

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