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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.
Exhibit with rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook links this Renaissance man’s methods to his 21st-century progeny.
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.
Once a star at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the 2,500-year-old vase was part of a treasure trove returned on Tuesday.
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.
Most of the Bell’s famed scenes will find a new home on the St. Paul campus.
Positioning itself as a neighborhood green space and cultural gateway, Walker Art Center will add a new glass-walled entrance pavilion, groves of trees and acres of new grass.
Walker Art Center takes a global view of an American favorite in “International Pop,” opening this weekend.
The Walker takes a global view of an American favorite in “International Pop,” opening this weekend.
The Minneapolis arts center plans a new entrance pavilion.
As gardens grow, the elegant one in downtown St. Paul came on fast. Two artists grow a conceptual garden in the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
After decades in D.C., the famous 1851 painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” leaves the White House for a new home.
At a time when tech-heavy techniques are ubiquitous, it’s refreshing to encounter shows at three Minneapolis galleries featuring terrific work in such old-fashioned made-by-hand media…
Mary Griggs Burke’s bequest will elevate its Japanese collection into the top tier of U.S. museums.
Mary Griggs Burke’s bequest will elevate its Japanese collection into the top tier of U.S. museums. It includes 700 pieces of rare Japanese and Korean art, spanning 5,000 years, along with a $12.5 million endowment.
In prints, drawings and photos, artists depict murder or its aftermath in a don’t-miss exhibit.
In prints, drawings and photos, artists depict murder or its aftermath in a don’t-miss exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
St. Paul artist Julie Buffalohead fuses American Indian motifs and beautifully drawn animal images in a new show at Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
Come spring the Winton guesthouse will be on the road again. And for $1 million or so, it could roll up your driveway.
Trips through the heartland yield a “Songbook” of new photographs, and a smashing show at Weinstein Gallery.
The career of Minnesota artist George Morrison is celebrated in a major retrospective at the History Center in St. Paul.
Dreamy works by Katia Andreeva and Konstantin Berkovski are featured at the Museum of Russian Art.
A fairy-tale treasury of Austrian art debuts at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in “The Habsburgs.”
The state had halted accepting the returns Thursday night after some taxpayers received a message saying their return had already been filed.
A dozen adults and juveniles were detained in downtown St. Paul on Saturday after residents of a condominium building reported being harassed by a group…
“75 Gifts for 75 Years” is a capstone moment for Walker Art Center, which celebrates this weekend.
The one-night event, which attracted more than 11,000 fans last year has outgrown the grassy hillside next to the Walker Arts Center. It's new home will be the $63 million CHS Field, which is scheduled to open in May near the Farmers’ Market in St. Paul’s Lowertown.
Two galleries try to revitalize the Minneapolis art scene with a biennial and youthful ideas.
Feminist artists from around the world join forces for an impressive show at the U's Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
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.
An anniversary show by New York artist Liz Deschenes fails to rise to the occasion.
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.
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.
A century ago, museums were a symbol of civic pride, much like stadiums are now. Making art available to everyone remains the MIA's mission.
Who are you going to call when good art goes bad? This is a case for the Midwest Art Conservation Center. Interactive: Check out the before/after restoration of a classic painting.
The Rev. Richard Hillstrom, a Lutheran minister who parlayed a modest salary, a discerning eye and a passion for American art into a museum-quality collection,…
NONFICTION: A beautifully illustrated history of Italy’s Basilica of St. Francis.
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.
A new show at SooVAC in Minneapolis surveys the contemporary scene through work by 18 artists.
“Ciao, Carpaccio!” By Jan Morris (Liveright, 160 pages, $19.95) Travel writer and deep-dish Venice fan Jan Morris indulges a lifelong infatuation with the…
Four Minnesota architecture firms take eight Honor Awards at AIA Minnesota’s annual convention.
Wild colors, bawdy humor and biting satire are Jim Denomie’s signature in his new paintings at Bockley Gallery through Dec. 13.
The sale brought in more than $12 million above the high estimate that Sotheby’s had set.
The Myron Kunin sale brought in more than $12 million above the high estimate that Sotheby’s had set before the sale. Of the 164 pieces in Kunin’s African art collection, all but 40 sold Tuesday morning.
In magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or Elle, women wear the clothes and men take the photos. So it seemed through much of the 20th century.
At least eight attention-worthy shows and events are in store, offering everything from high-fashion photography to American Indian satire.
An Atlanta muralist brings railroad history to the walls of St. Paul’s Union Depot.
Back from New York, Minnesota sculptor Aaron Spangler fuses city smarts with rustic imagery in a print show at Highpoint.
REVIEW: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts celebrates 70 years of Italian fashion in a splendid new show opening Sunday.
Twin Cities artist Nancy Randall takes on life, death and her Norse ancestry in an installation and show at St. John’s Abbey.
Walker Art Center celebrates its 75th anniversary with a weekend-long Walktoberfest and two handsome shows drawn from its collection.
Textile artist Nancy MacKenzie often found materials for her sculptures and wearable art in the woods and fields around her rural Stillwater home. She…
Museum’s schedule includes blockbuster shows, plus an exhibit by a former Devo musician.
The forests of Mother Russia nourished the soul as well as the body, as shown in a charming new exhibit at TMORA.
From a food-inspired opera to a Latino radio novella to “The Smallest Museum in St. Paul” in an old fire-hose cabinet, St. Paul will be inundated next year with arts activities after the announcement of Knight Foundation grants.
The world comes to Minneapolis in shows at Highpoint and the Soap Factory.
Three Minneapolis galleries showcase recent work by Twin Cities artists in noteworthy exhibits closing soon.
Pots, photos, paintings, parties. There’s plenty of arty stuff to do, see, buy and celebrate this weekend as the fall season kicks off in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here’s a sample of what’s on.
Innovative architecture and design curator Mildred Friedman, who helped launched Frank Gehry and many others, died Wednesday in New York at 85.
Andrea Carlson and 15 other American Indian artists are featured in two Minneapolis exhibitions.
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