Irregular Art Beat

When looking at an artist’s work for the first time, it’s only natural to try to place it in the context of something familiar in order to connect with it. “It’s Rembrandtesque.” “How positively Picasso.” “It riffs on Warhol.” You get the idea. The study of art history is in […]

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‘Metamorphosis’

To say that our shores are awash in plastics is an understatement. In fact, oceans, lakes and waterways are choking with the stuff—bags, bottles, straws, you name it. And it probably comes as no surprise to learn that it’s not particularly a good thing for marine life, which is one […]

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Language Arts

To trot out the most hackneyed of clichés, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And what if that picture is words? If typography is a main feature? If message and image compete for attention? If they are complimentary? Contradictory? Do the words create meaning or make it […]

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Déjà New

There’s something hauntingly, achingly familiar in the noirish photographs of French photographer Nicolas Dhervillers. His landscapes scenes feel like someplace that you’ve been, a movie you’ve seen, an artwork you’ve viewed, a novel you’ve read. Yet they are new to audiences here in the Metro, and will debut at the […]

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Homecoming King

Every state loves claiming its native sons and daughters, especially those who went on to fame and fortune. In Nebraska, for instance, one can reel off a stunning cast of actors who are household names. In the visual arts, however, deeper thought is required to assemble a similarly deep list of notables. […]

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Resolve: Art

Ah, the New Year. Time to make good on resolutions and get an attitude adjustment. Make big plans, including treating yourself to the next round of offerings from the Metro’s visual arts venues. What follows are highlights from the exhibition programs of area galleries large and small. Not all schedules […]

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When Words Fail

We live in an age of written communication. It spans platforms from the traditional (books, newspapers, magazines) to the techno-modern (email, message boards, blogs, Tweets). Yet, it seems, we have a hard time getting the facts out or our message across. Is this the fault of language, often confined to […]

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Through a Lens Darkly

Though less familiar to western audiences than the Kabuki tradition, Butoh is Japan’s most modern and austere form of dance. In it, nude performers in full body paint attempt to express both the darkness as well as beauty, the grotesqueness as well as joy of human existence. Omaha artist James […]

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