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

Pop goes Claes Oldenburg's 1960s work at the Walker

With his “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” New York-based artist Claes Oldenburg gave Minneapolis a photogenic icon with astonishing staying power. But there's more to the artist than that work.

Updated: September 19, 2013, - 03:10 PM

Minnesota Marine Art Museum brings world-class art to Winona

The museum unveiled seven new pictures by marquee names — including a $4.5 million painting by J.M.W. Turner and a rare Gauguin — plus a $1.1 million gallery in which to show them.

Updated: September 17, 2013, - 11:44 AM

Art: Claes Oldenburg, Japanese art and 'Prohibition'

Now most famous for “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” Claes Oldenburg will be celebrated with a show featuring other sculptures, notebooks, snapshots, home movies and slide projections that reveal the inner workings of one of the 20th century’s great creative minds. Plus more fall art.

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 03:15 PM

Minnesota Biennial features 38 state artists at Soap Factory

REVIEW: Aside from a few promising pieces, the exhibit part of the biennial is largely a shabby collection of apparently unfinished, unfocused and occasionally sullen detritus.

Updated: September 12, 2013, - 03:08 PM

Love and libraries are conjoined in a new painting by Jerry Ott

An unusual bequest has brought an artist, his ex-wife and her longtime love together in a big new painting at Minneapolis’ Central Library.

Updated: September 05, 2013, - 03:17 PM

Nature is nurtured in a mesmerizing show at MIA

Science and art mingle in shows by two Minnesota artists at the Minneapolis Institute of Art .

Updated: August 29, 2013, - 05:39 PM

Art spotlight: Sculpture party at the arboretum

Wayzata philanthropists Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison recently gave the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 22 bronze and stone sculptures by 14 significant 20th-century artists. The arboretum is celebrating throughout opening weekend.

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 12:54 PM

State Fair art show celebrates eclectic talent

This year’s fine arts competition is a highly polished sampling of Minnesota’s prolific and eclectic artistry.

Updated: August 22, 2013, - 07:25 PM

State Fair fine art prizes

State Fair fine art prizesWinners get cash awards ranging from $500 for first place to $100 for fourth.Oil, Acrylic and...

Updated: August 22, 2013, - 02:50 PM

St. Paul show provides a snapshot of the '70s art scene

A new exhibit at St. Paul’s MMAA Project Space pairs vintage portraits of Twin Cities artists with their art.

Updated: August 17, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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