‘Vertical Disintegration’

Vertical Disintegration, a moving installation by Lakota-born, Omaha artist Sarah Rowe, closed last weekend with a ritual burning of visitors’ notes of prayers and wishes that were part of the month-long exhibit. Vertical Disintegration highlighted critical and current dilemmas in today’s society—the growing economic divide between the rich and struggling people, as well as the […]

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Gonzo Comic Artist

Any metropolitan arts community loves a good outsider artist. With their outré viewpoints and influences, they entrance us with fresh ideas born in a seemingly mystical, distant land located about 43 miles outside the city limits. It comes out of the blue like a twenty in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  Now, what do you do […]

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Group Effort

You know what they say about summer gallery shows: summ-er worth seeing, summ-er not. They are frequently mashups featuring wide-ranging assortments of work by affiliated artists. These visual smorgasbords are the larger scale cousins of the gift-sized displays of December, with the expectation mostly to delight but not to expand on trenchant themes or heady […]

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More IN Than OUT

Featuring sixteen artists, Modern Arts Midtown presents Pop Meets Street, which is as far-reaching as the title implies (but is it reaching too far?). This large group exhibition extends many of the tropes we associate with both pop and street art: bright colors, spray paints, irony, a touch of whimsy, excessive banality, ready-mades, everyday objects, […]

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Photo Synthesis

In the world of fine art photography, some artists take or make photos, others create them. The “takers” are those such as Dorothy Lange who record and document reality in its many forms and with a minimum of manipulation to extraordinary effect. The “makers,” including portrait artist Diane Arbus, are notable for their staging, lighting […]

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New Horizons

Sorry, College World Series. You’ve captured the headlines and the heart of the Metro for two thrilling weeks in June, but the “Greatest Show on Dirt”? That belongs to Mother Nature. For centuries, artists have been compelled to interpret the vistas found in local lands and far-flung places. Coastlines, mountain ranges, open valleys, meandering paths—all […]

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Canine Caper

 The Dog Show is coming to RNG Gallery/ Dixie Quicks June 13-14 for a short two-day showing. Omaha “street art” collectors Laura Vranes and John McIntyre have dreamed up a new art concept to be launched in the Omaha area. Called Adopt Art Omaha, they’ve asked local artists to paint wooden dogs in any style […]

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‘Art in Motion’ at Odds

Omaha-based trio, the AniMutts, export thirteen animations and twelve digital prints for Art in Motion at Gallery 72, creating a tense experience between the physical and digital. The AniMutts – Rebecca Hermann, Peggy Reinecke, and Tom Sain – are artists and educators who have been collaborating since the 90’s. They self-identify as “traditional artists” yet […]

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‘Hair’ Today…

You don’t have to be a market analyst to know that we love us our hair. Worldwide, tens of billions of dollars are lavished annually on hair care products alone; add to that the amount then spent on the industry of stylists who keep us looking well groomed and handsomely coifed, and you have numbers […]

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‘Extravagant Fiction’

Artist Mary Murphy has an extensive exhibit of new work at Gallery 72 titled appropriately, Extravagant Fiction. Murphy’s show, which continues to May 22, is a mixture of large to medium-sized oil paintings, along with assemblages and an installation that rounds out this smashing solo show.  This exhibit is pure Murphy—large, meaty works full of […]

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