Mary Abbe

Reporter | Visual Arts/Architecture
Phone: 612-673-4431
Mary Abbe has been writing art chat for the Star Tribune through the reigns of three Walker Art Center directors, five heads of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and too many gallery scenes to count. She still finds interviewing artists, collectors, curators and crew more fun than fireworks.

Recent content from Mary Abbe

MIA reinstalls slimmed-down African art collection

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has reinstalled its African art collection in dramatic, tech-rich galleries.

Updated: November 15, 2013, - 12:55 PM

Art spotlight: Furnishings painted by Mark Larson

Anyone can slap a coat of paint on a piece of furniture or a wooden bowl, but nobody adds the polish of Mark Larson to such projects.

Updated: November 14, 2013, - 02:18 PM

American Indian artists fuse tradition and modernity in two shows

REVIEW: Rummaging through modernist techniques and their own traditions, American Indian artists present distinctive work in two Minneapolis gallery shows.

Updated: November 07, 2013, - 04:10 PM

Art spotlight: Camille Gage

Artist Camille Gage is taking over the gallery as a showplace for readings, performances, installations and an exhibition exploring our dependence on water and its inspirational, ever-changing beauty.

Updated: November 07, 2013, - 04:08 PM

Walker Art Center's '9 Artists' explores the messy reality of modern life

The Walker’s “9 Artists” show challenges contemporary attitudes and ideas about pretty much everything.

Updated: October 31, 2013, - 09:49 PM

Art spotlight: Shawn McNulty and James Wrayge

At their best, abstract paintings follow an internal logic that’s subtly apparent in their design, colors, balance, texture and other artful nuances. McNulty and Wrayge are masters.

Updated: October 31, 2013, - 03:06 PM

World-class photography from a former grocery store

Martin Weinstein, whose populist eye built a reputation for his tiny Minneapolis gallery, is celebrated in a show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 10:45 PM

Art spotlight: 100 years for U of M architecture dept.

Traditionalists may want to bow-up for the party that the University of Minnesota’s architecture department is throwing to celebrate its centennial.

Updated: October 24, 2013, - 03:19 PM

September 2012: Honoring the humble, unheralded at south Minneapolis potter's field

Hundreds of people whose bodies were used in early 20th-century medical research were remembered at a potter's field on the northeast edge of the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in south Minneapolis.

Updated: October 19, 2013, - 10:41 PM

Art spotlight: Multimedia '9 Artists' at the Walker

The international artists in this Walker-organized show come from all over the world, live transnational lives and wrestle with the perennial question: How does my biography define my life?

Updated: October 18, 2013, - 03:10 PM

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