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: Last call for 'Italian Style' at the MIA

This ravishing show, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, tells how good design and smart marketing propelled the economic revival of a war-devastated country.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 11:13 AM

Tim Carl: Architect for the arts

Two projects this year added even more luster to the HGA designer’s reputation as the Twin Cities’ go-to architect for...

Updated: December 26, 2014, - 10:36 AM

Obituary: The Rev. Richard Hillstrom, minister and art collector

The Rev. Richard Hillstrom, a Lutheran minister who parlayed a modest salary, a discerning eye and a passion for American...

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:22 PM

Review: 'The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi,' edited by Gianfranco Malafarina

NONFICTION: A beautifully illustrated history of Italy’s Basilica of St. Francis.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 02:17 PM

Art spotlight: Julie Buffalohead at the Minnesota Museum of American Art

Wild critters, characters from myth and legend, and humans large and small populate Buffalohead’s poignant and often unsettling landscapes of the mind.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 02:59 PM

Art spotlight: Drew Peterson's 'Waterworks' at Burnet Gallery

Hints of life hover in the nearly abstract images in Minneapolis-based artist Drew Peterson’s colorful new show.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 03:37 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Arts given $8M to endow director's salary

Duncan and Nivin MacMillan are announcing Tuesday an $8 million gift from their foundation to endow the director position now held by Kaywin Feldman, who has led the MIA since 2008.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 07:54 AM

Bits and pieces of the zeitgeist in a new SooVAC show

A new show at SooVAC in Minneapolis surveys the contemporary scene through work by 18 artists.

Updated: December 08, 2014, - 12:56 PM

Holiday roundup: Art books

“Ciao, Carpaccio!” By Jan Morris (Liveright, 160 pages, $19.95)Travel writer and deep-dish Venice fan Jan Morris indulges a lifelong infatuation...

Updated: November 30, 2014, - 01:00 AM

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