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

Art spotlight: Multimedia show at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

This ambitious international show, featuring multimedia work by more than 70 artists, will serve as the centerpiece of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ 2013 Book Art Biennial.

Updated: May 16, 2013, - 03:30 PM

Yarn artist HOTTEA launches first solo show in Minneapolis

His yarn art adorns fences and poles from Los Angeles to Berlin, but it took Burnet Gallery two years to track down the St. Paul artist for his first solo show.

Updated: May 16, 2013, - 03:25 PM

What you don't see at museums

Only a fraction of collections are on view at any given time. How do curators decide what to show?

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 03:38 PM

Art spotlight: Sandra Dowd

Award-winning painter Sandra Dowd reflects on 35 years of self-portraits with a mixture of humor, resolve, insight and wry self-acceptance.

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 01:06 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Arts probes 60-year 'disappearance'

Minneapolis Institute of Arts curator Barton Kestle disappeared under strange circumstances 60 years ago. Or so it seems in a new installation.

Updated: May 09, 2013, - 03:44 PM

Spring and summer exhibits at Minnesota museums and attractions

From the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's 25th anniversary to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ "Truthiness" show, here's what's worth checking out this spring and summer.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:21 AM

May brings new app, discounts and special programs.

To encourage new and returning visitors, this month brings a new app, discounts and special programs.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:16 AM

Art doctors keep paintings healthy

Who are you going to call when good art goes bad? This is a case for the Midwest Art Conservation Center.

Interactive: Check out the before/after restoration of a classic painting.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:10 AM

10 top treasures in Minnesota museums

Minnesota’s 500-plus museums have lots of rare and pricey things. They also have homegrown items that speak to the state’s unique geography, visionary ambition and rich cultural heritage. Here’s a sample of their treasures.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:03 AM

Art spotlight: Artists with disabilities

Now in its 50th year, the Sister Kenny Institute’s annual event is rightly known as a source of good art for a very good cause.

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 03:32 PM

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