May 9, 2018

Focus on the Collection: “Hannah (Mood)”

  A woman in pin curls and a gauzy blouse sits before a landscape, gazing into the distance. Her expression is pensive. The black, cloud-like forms edging the scene suggest a gathering storm or impending misfortune. The scrawny tree on the right is stripped of its foliage, and it stands in an expanse of fields…

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February 7, 2018

Focus on the Collection: “Repellent Fence”

Postcommodity, Repellent Fence, 2015, photograph. Gift of Russell Cowles.

Swaying slowly in the wind, a line of bright yellow balloons extends in a diagonal line over the desert scrub. The concentric circles emblazoned on four sides of the inflatable surface resemble staring eyes, encouraging sustained eye contact with these objects that seem both alive and inanimate. The repeated patterns on the floating spheres contribute…

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February 14, 2017

Focus on the Collection – Tishan Hsu’s Liquid Circuit

It is garish. It is massive. It, at times, protrudes. It seduces its viewer into examining every pulsating, changing inch of its black and yellow acrylics and it generates a subconscious, encompassing buzzing not unlike a pervasive television static. No sound is literally produced. The canvas remains still. Thus is the power of Tishan Hsu’s…

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December 21, 2016

Artist Feature: Jim Denomie

Jim Denomie was a University of Minnesota art student when he began the work of re-claiming his tribal heritage and re-connecting with his Native identity. Nearly twenty years later, he is nationally known for his humorous, critical depictions of United States history and religion. His paintings address colonization, assimilation, white washing, and other violences that the Native population has…

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February 14, 2016

Focus on the Collection – Richard Barlow’s Pixelated Bromide

  Upon entering the Weisman Art Museum one immediately sees WAM’s iconic 1964 World’s Fair Mural by Roy Lichtenstein, greeting each visitor as she enters through the front doors. The mural portrays a young and radiant woman who (from a Minnesotan’s perspective) seems to be overcome with the joy of feeling winter melt away. Her…

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October 5, 2011

Focus on the Collection – Pedicord Apts.

Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz’s Pedicord Apts. appears as if it were crane-lifted directly out of the doomed, derelict Spokane building that gave it its name. The large-scale environmental artwork is in fact, a painstakingly built and precisely crafted art object that stages an immersive tableau vivant (living picture), using scale and sound to address…

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