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

Winter blooms on the Minneapolis gallery scene

Two galleries try to revitalize the Minneapolis art scene with a biennial and youthful ideas.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 12:50 PM

Opening: Andreeva and Berkovski at the Museum of Russian Art

Born and raised in Russia when it was still the USSR, Katia ­Andreeva and Konstantin Berkovski moved, independently, to the United States in the 1990s.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 12:49 PM

Artists in Nash Gallery show are wonder women, indeed

Feminist artists from around the world join forces for an impressive show at the U's Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 08:19 AM

Art spotlight: 'Vibrant Matters' at Instinct Gallery

Always inventive, the seven Minnesota artists whose new work is featured in “Vibrant Matters” transform the most unlikely stuff into art.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 03:11 PM

Mpls. Institute of Arts unveils rare Vermeer painting for 100th birthday

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts had promised surprise masterpieces for its centennial celebration, and it delivered a big one Friday: one of only 34 known works by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 01:00 AM

A minimalist mystery at the Walker

An anniversary show by New York artist Liz Deschenes fails to rise to the occasion.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 02:57 PM

Visual arts spotlight: Group show at Bockley Gallery

The Twin Cities art scene is clearly having a geriatric moment. So, when better to launch a new Museum of Contemporary Art?

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 02:56 PM

Planned in secret, a major loan pumps up MIA's collection

The unannounced exhibit is an 80-piece sample of more than 550 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos on loan from the Kunin family, with the hope it will become a permanent part of the museum.

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 08:10 AM

MIA has some surprises in store as it turns 100

A century ago, when the Minneapolis Institute of Arts opened its doors, museums were a symbol of civic pride, much like stadiums are now. Making art available to everyone remains the MIA's mission.

Updated: January 12, 2015, - 02:10 PM

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