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As she retires, the Star Tribune's Mary Abbe reflects on changes during her three decades on the job.
Dissident Soviet-era paintings featured in provocative and history-rich show at the Museum of Russian Art
Dissident Soviet-era paintings featured in provocative and history-rich show at the Museum of Russian Art.
It appears we're a thoughtful bunch, with a soft spot for nature and nostalgia, and a bent for the surreal.
Nineteen frames show off "masterpiece" vistas from Fridley to Prescott, Wis.
From New York stages to vaudeville playhouses, to Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, to KUOM Radio and the Lake Harriet Pavilion, the mellifluous…
U.S. Bank Stadium is just the nation's latest sports facility to embrace artists as players.
A venerable art genre may focus on the natural world, but it reveals much about human nature, as well.
The Minneapolis museum welcomed 760,000 visitors during its fiscal year.
Political rifts are set aside to celebrate two Ukrainian artists in a "pop-up" show at Museum of Russian Art.
Mississippi River. Apostle Islands and more: Artists celebrate 'spectacular' beauty of national parks
Artists helped establish America's national parks. Now they are celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.
The baseball team will host the popular show Aug. 9, in partnership with radio station myTalk 107.1.
Even with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden closed for a year, sculpture and parks abound near Twin Cities.
Da Vinci, drones and hummingbirds collide in a new show by artist Vesna Kittelson.
In his three decades at the Walker Art Center, he founded the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and launched the careers of celebrated artists.
It's a bold move for the Museum of Russian Art in south Minneapolis to tout its current show of 60-some paintings as "Masterpieces of the 20th Century: Russian Realist Tradition."
Hundreds of Minnesota arts fans gathered at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis for an Arts Forum sponsored by the Star Tribune.
Artists in three Minneapolis gallery shows celebrate Earth's vast and intimate wonders even as they fret about its future.
Friday's kickoff marks the start of work on the $79.2 million complex and a move to near the State Fairgrounds.
How to enjoy a trip to the museum: Look with a 'child's mind,' and other tips from Minnesota art experts
Slow down. Look more deeply. Listen to your gut. It's all part of a new "slow art" movement.
Walker Art Center probes the American psyche in a bracing new show.
Soldier and artist Seth Eastman recorded the lives of Dakota and Ojibwe people in 1840s Minnesota.
The grim racial realities of 1950s Alabama come alive in a show of Gordon Parks photographs opening Friday at Weinstein Gallery.
Two art shows exhibit a more positive populism – one that celebrates the ordinary, embraces our differences and invites spirited dialogue.
The Walker is giving all of its festival memorabilia to the Minnesota Historical Society.
The Walker is giving all of its festival memorabilia to the Minnesota Historical Society.
At a time when building a wall to keep out Mexicans is a hot topic north of the border, it's refreshing to see what Mexicans themselves are thinking about.
A suspended sculpture hovering in a gallery of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota is part of a cloud-themed exhibition that includes 19th-century prints, 20th-century paintings and contemporary installations.
Dark, brooding and romantic, the watercolors of Swedish art star Lars Lerin have an unsettling, febrile beauty in his memorable new show at the American Swedish Institute.
The sculptures will be installed this summer as part of a renovation that will be finished by June 2017. The Walker is paying for the art, valued at $15 million, with private funds.
Consciousness-raising feminist group is taking over Minnesota galleries, museums and storefronts and reaching out to area teens.
Five Minnesota painters celebrate nature as the Arb tries to strengthen its art program.
Minnesota museums celebrate a bonanza year of important donations.
A Weinstein Gallery show affectionately reprises the 70-year career of photographer Elliott Erwitt.
During his 70-year career, Anoka artist Jon Arfstrom painted pretty much anything. But it was as a pioneering illustrator of fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories in the 1940s and '50s that he won his most lasting acclaim.
Inspired by his granddaughter, a Bemidji painter offers life lessons and lyrical observations of rural Minnesota in a beautiful volume.
It ended the fiscal year with a balanced budget, a 9 percent increase in attendance and more than 100 new gifts of art.
Art-book picks include "Florence: The Paintings and Frescoes" and The Art of Wonder: Inspiration, Creativity and the Minneapolis Institute of Art."
In a smart new Walker Art Center show, Andrea Büttner muses on art, science, religion and life in general.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum spends a record $5.9 million on a colorful 19th century American painting.
The late Bruce Dayton may have made his mark as a businessman, but art was closest to his heart.
Bruce Dayton, the father of Gov. Mark Dayton, was the bookish, numbers-oriented analyst among the five Dayton brothers who built a retail empire.
These days the word "hippie" has a stale vibe. Forget that faded aura and take in "Hippie Modernism," a fresh show of fascinating stuff — posters, furniture, films, installations, even an indoor garden of citrus trees — opening this weekend at Walker Art Center.
Was 19th-century painter Delacroix the forefather of modernism? So argues a Minneapolis Institute of Art show with a host of masterpieces.
"Faces of War: Russia in World War I (1914-1918)," a timely, albeit somber new exhibit at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in south Minneapolis, is the museum's first truly multimedia show.
When it opens in 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium will feature about 500 artworks including roughly 200 commissioned paintings, sculptures, digital and installation pieces.
Minneapolis Institute of Art showcases hundreds of masterworks from the multimillion-dollar Burke and Wells collections.
Walker Art Center celebrates the painter's 50-year career in a show opening Sunday.
▲ 'Delacroix's Influence: The Rise of Modern Art From Cézanne to Van Gogh'The most influential French artist of the Romantic era, Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) introduced…
Responding to concern about recent staff departures, leaders of the Minneapolis art center outline their ambitions.
As the Minneapolis gallery prepares for its 25th anniversary this fall, its director is drawing in fresh collaborators.
IFP Minnesota opens its cozy new digs in a revitalized St. Paul building that once housed a mattress company.
Minneapolis Institute of Art caps centennial surprises with famed 'Irises'
Minneapolis Institute of Art curator Eike Schmidt will be the first foreigner to lead Italy's famous Uffizi Gallery.
Minneapolis' Uptown, Powderhorn and Loring Park neighborhoods host art fairs this weekend.
Only the "Spoonbridge" and a few other works of art will remain during the project, which is expected to dramatically transform Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as a gateway to downtown.
On a sweaty afternoon this week, Kansas artist Stan Herd channeled the spirit of Vincent Van Gogh as he dug a shallow furrow in the loam of an Eagan field.
The museum set an all-time attendance record of more than 750,000 visitors in the last fiscal year.
Exhibit with rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook links this Renaissance man's methods to his 21st-century progeny.
Summer sizzles this year at local art galleries. Often a slow season when galleries dust off old stock and settle in for a sales siesta, summer is seldom as dynamic as this month.
Fashion sashays off the runway and into galleries like the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
In its fifth year, Northern Spark brings a dusk-to-dawn celebration of art and fun to Minneapolis.
This weekend four Twin Cities venues are showcasing an unusually large roster of local artists in fields ranging from poster design and furniture restoration to such stalwart formats as painting, sculpture and maybe even a bit of graffiti-on-canvas.
Bigger than ever, the 8th annual event is expected to draw thousands of cyclists to Fulton Brewing in Minneapolis.
The rock legends checked out vintage furniture after a bookstore visit by the Stones frontman.
Former Dayton Hudson charity leader Ben Cameron is taking over the St. Paul foundation.
Photos of 180 of the St. Paul neighborhood's artists are on display through September.
Ebony's style influence is celebrated in "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," a show featuring 40 stunning garments by top-name international designers, at the Minnesota History Center.
An out-of-state buyer bid $750,000 for house once valued at $4.5 million.
Raphael's "small but mighty" painting of Mary and Jesus, on loan as a 100th birthday treat, drew gasps at its unveiling.
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky explores troubling water issues in stunningly beautiful photos at Weinstein Gallery.
It took five years, hundreds of people and millions of dollars to pull off Walker Art Center's new exhibit "International Pop" — providing an object lesson in how museums work.
As the Minneapolis Institute of Arts unveils a $1 million "Eros" sculpture by Polish-born Igor Mitoraj in celebration of the museum's 100th birthday this year, it's asking the public to help pay for it.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts unveils a massive sculpture — and a fundraising plan to pay for it.
As he prepares to open the New York museum's riverfront home, director Adam Weinberg talks about his Minnesota roots.
A muddled show samples a century of photography from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts collection.
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