Visual Art Review

As the recently concluded Olympic Games have reminded us, the human body is a testament to capability, endurance and great beauty. Monuments to ancient Greek athletes were some of the earliest representations of physical splendor, its subje... more

Aug 31, 2016 11:27 AM Arts

With the terrarium-like swelter of recent weeks, you might assume the current show at Darger HQ — Hothouse — was commissioned just for this summer in Omaha. But don’t expect to find tropical plants or Bikram yoga classes here; it’s a diffe... more

Aug 3, 2016 6:30 PM Arts

Whatever else one takes away from Nebraska Rising, a current exhibition of 11 area artists at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, two things are remarkably clear. One, the region is not lacking in a diverse group of artists who, at wha... more

Aug 1, 2016 8:18 AM Arts

Multi-media artist Troy Muller creates objects that aspire to be something other than what they are — namely, works by an early-twenty-first-century American artist.  Each of the objects in Honey Mushroom Wonderfuls, the mysteriously named... more

Jun 29, 2016 10:39 AM Arts

Once home from travels to historic sites and architectural wonders, we struggle to capture and retain the color, light, texture and line, mood and emotion aroused by our experiences.  We patch together photo books and scribble travelogues ... more

Jun 22, 2016 7:24 PM Arts

Now considered a cornerstone of science-fiction writing, Philip K. Dick’s 1968 dystopian book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? presented a not-so-distant post-apocalyptic world inhabited by people, humanoid robots and very few animals. ... more

Jun 14, 2016 4:31 PM Arts

In 2011 pop star Rihanna released the international chart topper “S&M”. This sexually suggestive song about bondage informs the listener through a catchy beat and monotonous lyrics, that “chains and whips” are exciting. Fourteen years ... more

Jun 3, 2016 5:13 PM Arts

Institutional critique always appears more trenchant when contained within the confines of an establishment, where it can be dissected by the very language that defines it. The Omaha Public Library is our city repository of shareable knowl... more

May 25, 2016 5:28 PM Arts

Now in his seventy-fifth year, artist Keith Jacobshagen has been setting the terms in which Midwestern landscape painting is created and discussed for several decades now.  It is therefore appropriate that Terra Firma, the exhibition on vie... more

May 11, 2016 7:11 PM Arts

Anniversaries are an occasion for both looking back and ahead. Recapturing fond memories, learning from the past, planning for a future. In 2016, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts enjoys its 35th year as an organization, and has opene... more

Apr 26, 2016 12:19 PM Arts

Two art exhibits using a common theme opened in the Metro area for April; RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs with Once Upon a Time: A Twisted Fairy Tale and Hot Shops in Omaha, with a more traditional take called Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales an... more

Apr 16, 2016 3:53 PM Arts

There is a lot going on in the works of Omaha-based artist Erin Foley that are currently on display in the Moving Gallery’s Gallery of the Zodiac space in the Old Market.  In some of these minimal, geometric paintings, what’s going on is qu... more

Mar 29, 2016 8:55 PM Arts

Over time, each new wave of artists has searched for novel venues to pitch their innovative visions to the public. In mid-19th century France, the Acadamie des Beaux Arts held reign over art’s definition. When Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas... more

Mar 25, 2016 5:56 PM Arts

Open any fashion magazine and you’ll see them: models. Those beautiful glamazons who play a beguiling role in the shaping of our wants, desires and aspirations. In our quest for magnificent purses, perfect glossy hair or hot cars; for leane... more

Mar 17, 2016 3:34 PM Arts

Art is the communication of what a society thinks, experiences and feels. In our history we’ve had everything from religious figures to Campbell’s soup cans become iconography that explain our time and place. It’s no accident that our coll... more

Feb 28, 2016 6:21 PM Arts

Jan 31, 2016 6:59 PM Arts

Landscapes as an art genre in general are pretty boring. The green plants, the vastness, the clichés of Bob Ross, and the implied narratives associated in the “changing of the seasons.” Yet German photographer Frauke Bergemann’s exhibition... more

Dec 30, 2015 8:32 AM Arts