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Over there is Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers," (1980). And Johnny Depp in "Sleepy Hallow," 1999 and Nicole Kidman in "Australia," 2008.
The name dropping is inevitable in Mark's first solo show at Weinstein in more than a decade. The gallery persuaded the photographer to sift through 40 years of her behind-the-scenes shots taken on film sets over the decades. The photos are, for the most part, candid and casual snaps made during rehearsals or while the cameras are rolling --but taken from a different vantage and without a story line to drive a narrative. So we'll see Sean Penn in his New York dressing room and Woody Allen adrift on his Manhattan balcony, and even the "Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore) at home in Los Angeles.
Mark herself will be on hand for the opening party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, free. Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis. "Seen Behind the Scene/ Forty Years of Photographing on Set," runs through July 27, free. 612-822-1722 or .www.weinstein-gallery.com/
Gordon Locksley (left) and George Shea in front of their Mount Curve mansion in Minneapolis. (1969 photo from the Minneapolis Star Tribune files)
When it comes to Andy Warhol, Minneapolis was way ahead of the pack thanks to savvy art mavens Gordon Locksley and George Shea, who staged the first Minnesota show of the artist's work in 1975. Besides inspiring a legendary bacchanal, the show introduced Warhol to a lot of high-profile Midwesterners whose portraits he later painted in his signature silkscreen-on-canvas style.
Fans of that glamorous moment will want to shake out their wallets for "Andy Warhol in Minneapolis," a week-long show and sale of about 70 paintings, silkscreen prints, drawings, photos and Polaroid snapshots by the Pop superstar. The art is all from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which is selling it to benefit the foundation's grant-making programs.
Christie's is really emphasizing the Minneapolis connections for the event, said Amelia Manderscheid, a Warhol expert at the New York auction house.
Prices range from $4,000 for a Polaroid photo of a toy airplane to $250,000 for a silkscreen portrait of publishing executive Gardner Cowles, whose family formerly owned the Star Tribune. Other local celebrity subjects include Fred Weisman, namesake of the University of Minnesota's Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, his son Richard and former wife Marcia. Studies and/or drawings for Warhol's portraits of Locksley, Shea and Miles and Shirley Fiterman are also featured.
Other art includes drawings of a Fiestaware pig, a Polaroid snapshot of a toy frog, and a series of athletes including ice skater Dorothy Hamill. There will also be two sunset-themed silkscreens from a series Warhol did on commission for the Marquette Hotel, then a Minneapolis landmark.
In addition, Locksley and Shea are lending eight drawings and four paintings by Warhol that will not be for sale.
The event runs from March 16-23 at Aria, an event-space in the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune in the Minneapolis warehouse district at 105 N. 1st St. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., free.
Everyone loves photographer Cindy Sherman it seems, so much so that Walker Art Center is adding hours on the Sherman show's final weekend. (It ends Sunday, February 17).
Here's the deal: The popular show will open to Walker members one hour early, i.e. at 10 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17. And it will remain open for everyone two hours longer at the end of those days, i.e. until 7 p.m. General adult admission to the Walker is $12 and includes the Sherman show.
But, wait, there's more! Savvy art shopers know that the Walker is always free on Thursday evenings and that it always stays open 'til 9 p.m. Thursdays. Couple those fab facts with Valentine's Day, which just happens to fall on Thursday this year, and you've got a huge February 14 bonanza for your sweetie.
Other Valentine nite fun stuff:
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe menu at Gather by D'Amico, plus Love Potion cocktails.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Party People Pictures photo booth (dress up in Sherman drag, please)
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Social/Brief: The Love Version (share your own Hallmark-style love poems in 20 seconds or less)
8 p.m.: Take a "Love and Heartbreak" tour of Cindy's show.
Image from Free Arts Minnesota
More than 70 pieces of art by top Minnesota and national talent will be sold by silent auction for the benefit of Free Arts Minnesota, a non-profit organization that works with children who are impoverished, homeless, abused or have mental health issues. Founded in 1997, Free Arts has worked with more than 16,000 children to build self-esteem and foster healthy relationships through artistic activities.
Artists who have donated work include Miles Mendenhall, Terrence Payne, Amy Rice, Alec Soth, Carrie Thompson and Ed Lentsch as well as master printer Steven Anderson who has collaborated with Jasper Johns, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol among others. All art will be sold "INCOGNITO," that is without identification until after purchase, challenging buyers to test their taste and eyes.
Fresco painter Mark Balma and his partically complete "We the People." Image from Minnetonka Center for the Arts.
Minnesota-born fresco artist Mark Balma spent the past two months painting "We the People," a composite portrait of 10 international figures whose lives and work have sparked positive social change. The 9 ft. tall by 16 ft. wide fresco will be unveiled at October 6 at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts as part of a celebration marking the community organization's 60th anniversary.
Known primarily for frescoes with religious themes, Balma has divided his time for the past 30 years between Minnesota and Italy. He recently completed a ceiling mural in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, Italy, a project that spanned 15 years. Locally he has done frescoes for the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, St. Mary's College in Winona, and the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.
Teens affiliated with the Minnetonka organization helped Balma prepare the fresh-plaster surface on which the fresco is painted. Besides measuring and marking the grid within which the images were painted, the students helped grind pigments and mix paints. Though the imagery is contemporary, fresco is an ancient art form in which pigments are brushed onto wet plaster which bonds with them as it dries, producing a vivid and highly durable surface. An antiquarian by temperament, Balma consciously alludes to the medium's history in his designs, in this case referencing murals from the 1930s and '40s commissioned by the U.S. government through the Works Project Administration, a now defunct agency. The new fresco will be on view indefinitely.
A new show of work by Minnesota artists will open simultaneously featuring paintings, prints, photos and ceramic sculpture by Mark Balma, Alexa Horochowski, Maren Kloppmann, Chris Larson, S. Catrin Magnusson, Clarence Morgan, Todd Norsten, David Rathman, Elizabeth Simonson, Alec Soth, JoAnn Verburg and Megan Vossler. It was curated by architect James Dayton who designed the 10-year-old Minnetonka facility. The free show runs through Oct. 30.
Tickets for the 60th anniversary celebration and fund raiser are $150, of which $50 is tax deductible. (6:30 - 11 p.m. Saturday, October 6, $150. Minnetonka Center for the Arts, 2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata. 952-473-7361 or www.minnetonkaarts.org)