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

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 23, 2015, - 03:18 PM

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

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

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