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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Revival Meeting

Gallery 1516 celebrates the debut of its Nebraska Artists Biennial with an opening on November 3. This exhibition format, long a staple of 20th-century museum programming, had largely disappeared from the region, and director Patrick Drickey felt it was time for a reintroduction given the gallery’s mission to serve Nebraska artists. […]

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Couple of Cut-ups

Take a trip in your mind’s eye to an art museum. Works by which storied western landscape painters would you hope to see there? Some by the C’s: Cezanne, Constable, Courbet, Corot? Perhaps Monet’s impressionist sunscapes or Van Gogh’s expressionistic reveries? Or dig deeper into history—maybe Dürer’s naturalism, Titian’s pastorales […]

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Black Box Theater

Berlin artist Brigitte Waldach has long made art that was relational: making drawings in series and extending those connections to physical space of the gallery, exploiting the power of groupings, corners, sight lines. This approach has lent a compelling dimensionality to her work, which consists most frequently of spare, monochromatic […]

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Fall Forecast

Modern Arts Midtown kicks off its fall season on September 1 with a focus on two perennial favorites: painters Graceann Warn and Larry Roots. Each has been at work creating new paintings for this exhibition, stretching their personal explorations within the scales of abstraction. Warn, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will […]

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‘Summer Stock’

Summer is a time when galleries often provide a lighter visual buffet, offering tasty samplings in the form of group shows. Following in this tradition, Gallery 1516 opens its own Summer Stock 4-artist show on July 7, featuring current work by Omaha’s Angie Seykora, Brian Wetjen, David Patterson and Bridget O’Donnell. […]

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‘Interwoven’

Any exhibition featuring more than one artist challenges its audience to redraw connections that made the grouping attractive to the organizer. Those threads may be aesthetic, conceptual, geographical, process-oriented, topical; and this fabric may be loose or tight. Interwoven: Sarah Kolar and Brian Wetjen, the current exhibition at the Michael […]

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