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: St. Paul Art Crawl

More than 300 artists in 24 buildings, mostly in St. Paul’s Lowertown, will open their studios for the semiannual ritual of display and divestment.

Updated: October 03, 2013, - 03:05 PM

Art spotlight: 'Audubon and the Art of Birds' at Bell Museum

Recently restored, hand-colored Audubon engravings from a later, almost equally rare, edition of “Birds of America" are featured in a new two-part exhibition opening this week at the Bell Museum.

Updated: September 27, 2013, - 03:31 PM

Will Steger's design for living, on display at MCAD

The polar explorer shows a little-known facet of his career in a show at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Updated: September 27, 2013, - 08:56 AM

Art spotlight: Tom Maakestad

Widely acclaimed for his lush landscapes of southern Minnesota, Marine on St. Croix painter Tom Maakestad made a dramatic turn in his current show, inspired by aerial views of rural topography.

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 02:21 PM

Art spotlight: John Dryden and Kenneth Steinbach

Minnesota painter Jim Dryden uses abstract gestures in various tones and shapes to honor Georg Cantor. Plus a new show of work by Kenneth Steinbach.

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

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

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