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Alicia Eler

Critic / reporter | Visual art
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A sculpture based on “Chromie Squiggle,” an NFT created using generative code, stands on the front lawn of the Porch Gallery at 3306 Park Av. S. i

Pssst, there's an NFT art party this weekend at a house in south Minneapolis

Virtual art meets physical space at the experiment-minded Porch Gallery.
Art-a-Whirl revelers took in a concert outside the 331 Club.

10 ways to savor the return of Art-A-Whirl to northeast Minneapolis this weekend

The nation's largest studio crawl is back in full force starting Friday.
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The best way to start a world-class art collection? 'Listen to your mommy'

Mpls. Institute of Art puts the spotlight on two Twin Cities art lovers.
'Banksy' is here, but not everybody in the Minneapolis art community is happy about it

'Banksy' is here, but not everybody in the Minneapolis art community is happy about it

To some, it's a cash grab, but others see a benefit for NE. Minneapolis.
Emanuel Leutze, “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Iconic painting of George Washington expected to sell for $15 million or more

"Washington Crossing the Delaware," which hung for years in Winona's Minnesota Marine Art Museum, is being sold at auction.
Liz Larner’s “No M, No D, Only S & B,” is one of 30 works in the artist’s large survey exhibition now on view at the Walker Art Center.

Liz Larner's new sculpture show at Walker Art Center is literally smashing

The L.A. artist gets physical in works that defy categorization.
Kate Beane is the 10th executive director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul.

What's up next for the Minnesota Museum of American Art?

Kate Beane, who led Native initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society, outlines her ideas for the still-shuttered St. Paul institution.
Installation from Chris Larson’s exhibition “The Residue of Labor” at Engage Projects in Chicago

50,000 spools of thread inspire St. Paul artist Chris Larson's huge show in Chicago

The artist spent two years sifting through the remains of an abandoned garment factory in Tennessee.
Bruce Karstadt, president and CEO of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, led a 2012 expansion that added the modern-styled Nelson Cultural

Leader who grew Minnesota's American Swedish Institute to step down after three decades

With a fascination for all things Swedish, Bruce Karstadt expanded the organization's reach to a broader community.
L-R) Pao Houa Her and Dyani White Hawk pose for a photo in front of Dyani White Hawk’s work at the Whitney Museum of Art during its Biennial in New

Two Minnesotans shine at Whitney Biennial, one of art world's biggest events

Artists Pao Houa Her and Dyani White Hawk represent Minnesota — and their own communities — at New York's prestigious Whitney Biennial.
Photographer Amy Anderson’s portraits of people shot at the Bachelor Farmer Café before it closed down during the pandemic

Spring into spring at these four Twin Cities art exhibitions

Still life, portraits, shag rugs and some hope for the future.
Members of the ‘Gran Caravana,’ (Big Caravan), pass the Cuba-centric San Carlos Institute on Duval Street Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Key West, F

Take a trip through Cuban history and culture in tropical Key West

The sunny Florida island (and southernmost point of the continental U.S.) is full of Cuban-American connections, if you know where to look.
“Four Days and Four Nites: Orange River” by artist Jim Denomie.

Jim Denomie's presence endures at solo exhibition, even without him

The late artist's last exhibit, "Sweet Dreams," is on display at ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater.
The marble sculpture, “Doryphoros,” is well-known to museum goers.

Italian court demands Minneapolis Institute of Art return $2.5 million sculpture

Roman work long greeted visitors in museum's rotunda.
At the third stop on Marlena Myles’ “Dakota Spirit Walk” at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Íŋyaŋ, Grandfather Stone, appears in at the San

Walk with spirits and connect with Dakota history at St. Paul nature sanctuary

Animated creations are superimposed on the landscape in an augmented reality installation at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.
Sanjit Sethi, the president of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

Minneapolis College of Art & Design launches itself toward a 'campus of the future'

Minneapolis College of Art and Design will join with the award-winning MASS Design Group to create a "campus of the future," with an expanded…
Installation shot of artist Andrew Moore’s “The Promised Land: How Do We Change This” at NE Sculpture Gallery Factory.

5 winter art shows to catch in the Twin Cities before they melt away

As the snow melts, several art shows that stayed up through the blizzards will also come down. Here are five shows to catch before winter…
] MARK VANCLEAVE • Minnesota artist Jim Denomie works in his Shafer, Minn. studio Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Jim Denomie, beloved Ojibwe artist who tackled serious topics with humor, dies at 66

An "art dad" who championed emerging talents, he illuminated the uneasy relationship between Native cultures and mainstream society.
Carolyn S. Olson (b. 1958), Grocery Store Cashier and Bagger (Essential Worker Series #1), 2020. Pastel on paper.

Who's the biggest collector of Minnesota art? The answer may surprise you

It's the Minnesota Historical Society, which is presenting more than 100 artists in a rare exhibition.
A freshly repainted cherry returns from New York to Minneapolis after nearly three months away. It reunited with ‘Spoonbridge’ around 11 a.m. Frid

Minneapolis' iconic cherry returns from the Big Apple

Part of the "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture had been in New York for nearly three months for painting.
Macena Barton, “Untitled (Flying Saucers with Snakes),” 1961.

Ghosts descend on Minneapolis Institute of Art for big 'Supernatural America' show

Exhibition opening Saturday takes a serious look at the role that spiritualists have played in American art.
Installation shot from Gudrun Lock’s exhibition “The Nature of Shoreham Yards”

At an old Minneapolis railroad yard, this artist explores the nature of supposed 'dead zones'

"The Nature of Shoreham Yards" focuses on the borders of a train and trucking facility in northeast Mpls.
“Spoonbridge” was left without its “Cherry” last November when the 1,200-pound aluminum ball was unbolted and hoisted away for repainting.

Minneapolis' iconic cherry will return home from the Big Apple next week

The Sculpture Garden's "Spoonbridge" stood cherry-less for nearly three months while its topper got a makeover.
Leave the house and see some art: 4 Minneapolis gallery shows worth checking out

Leave the house and see some art: 4 Minneapolis gallery shows worth checking out

Paper bags, wood prints, coded paintings and more.
Vincent Van Gogh 1889 painting “Olive Trees” is part of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s permanent collection.

Mini-show of Van Gogh masterpieces is headed to Minneapolis Institute of Art

Coming June 25, the exhibit reunites five paintings of olive groves the artist painted in the south of France.
Minnesota photographer Alec Soth swam through a pile of 500,000 pictures to find himself

Minnesota photographer Alec Soth swam through a pile of 500,000 pictures to find himself

In a new book and exhibit, the famed artist goes meta, doing a photo project about photography.
St. Paul Winter Carnival Bar. Photo: Brandon Werth

10 reasons to check out Great Northern fest all around the Twin Cities

The wintry celebration begins Thursday.
Don't Miss: 'The Unchosen Ones,' by R.J. Kern

Don't Miss: 'The Unchosen Ones,' by R.J. Kern

Don't miss
The Fake Healing Art Shanty by Jacob Carrigan & Stephani Pescitelli

In need of 'fake healing'? New Age meets Ice Age at Lake Harriet's Art Shanty Projects

Minnesota's annual winter ritual resumes with a COVID-aware approach.
Terry McDaniel, of Minneapolis, spends time putting the finishing touches on her “Pollinator Flash Mob” installation for the Art Shanty Projects o

Art Shanty Projects returns to Lake Harriet this weekend with a COVID-proof plan

Opening Saturday, the annual outdoor winter art event is geared toward fresh-air experiences.
“Shifter IV” by Andréa Stanislav. Epoxy resin, dichroic and holographic film, digital prints.

Minneapolis art exhibit tells a different sort of Russian fairy tale

Andréa Stanislav's fascination with "Cosmism" guides her show at the Museum of Russian Art.
“Familia Con Lowrider,” artist unknown

University of Minnesota project offers an online portal to Mexican-American art

Website allows scholars and the public alike to search nearly 20,000 works of art.
Book by Black Minneapolis photographer shines a light on queer immigrants of color

Book by Black Minneapolis photographer shines a light on queer immigrants of color

N. Musinguzi, whose parents emigrated from Africa, explores themes of home and belonging in "The Letter Formally Known as Q."
Rube Goldberg drew this concept for a self-wiping napkin machine.

Pink, blue and Goldberg colored the year in visual art

1. "The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions." This year the Minneapolis Institute of Art purchased the complete archive of work from Highpoint…
Local fine arts photographer Bill Cottman pictured in 2004 at his basement studio.

Bill Cottman, photographer, poet, radio host and mentor to Twin Cities artists, dies at 77

He began hosting KFAI's "Mostly Jazz" in the mid-1990s.
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch and her band Fly or Die performed a hillside concert outside Walker Art Center on July 2 as the Walker adapted to the pandemic

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Art close the books on a year of learning

Cost-cutting helped both Twin Cities cultural institutions balance their budgets.
“Hollywood Hills House,” 1981-82, by David Hockney

David Hockney takes the stage again at the Walker

More than 200 works survey the protean Pop artist's long career.
The new Minneapolis Public Service Building features 17 new artworks, including narrative murals, illuminated ceilings, a suspended lobby sculpture an

City of Minneapolis shines spotlight on local artists in a 'once-in-a-lifetime' new building

Officials will introduce 17 artworks at a public celebration Friday evening.
Txong Pao Lee poses for a photo in the new addition to the Hmong Cultural Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in St. Paul, Minn. Pao is the director of t

Hmong Cultural Center celebrates expansion of its storefront museum in St. Paul

More than $150K worth of grants from organizations including Google made it possible.
Former curator Robert Jacobsen established the Minneapolis Institute of Art as one of the world’s leading repositories of Chinese art.

Former Mpls. Institute of Art curator and Asian art expert Robert Jacobsen dies

He helped expand the collection at Mia, including a 400-year-old Ming dynasty reception hall.
“Latitude” by Aaron Dysart at Minneapolis Institute of Art

St. Paul artist confronts environmental change by translating science into light and color

Dysart's data-driven but people-focused work is featured in a new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Highpoint co-founder Carla McGrath.

Co-founder of Minneapolis' Highpoint Center for Printmaking retires after 20 years

Carla McGrath steps down weeks after the opening of a Highpoint retrospective at Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Great Northern Festival taps local artists to build ice-enclosed greenhouse

Great Northern Festival taps local artists to build ice-enclosed greenhouse

The $250,000 project will celebrate Black life
Due to the typically harsh conditions of Minnesota winters, the iconic Minneapolis cherry requires a fresh coat of paint about every ten years to keep

Cherry from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is temporarily headed to the Big Apple

The "Spoonbridge" will stand alone for a couple of months as its topper travels to New York for a fresh coat of paint.
“BLAXIDERMY Pink,” 2021, by Pamela Council

Pink and gold become colors of liberation in an art show at St. Olaf College

Three artists of color explore the ways that women adorn themselves.
David Feinberg

His 50-year career at University of Minnesota gave voice to genocide survivors

An exhibition at the U celebrates longtime artist and teacher David Feinberg.
Surprising Minnesota connection inspires exhibit on famed cartoonist Rube Goldberg

Surprising Minnesota connection inspires exhibit on famed cartoonist Rube Goldberg

A grandson of the political satirist and wacky inventor lives in St. Paul.
Fig. 2.18: Lasansky working on the Nazi Drawings in his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine.

'Nazi Drawings' at Minneapolis Institute of Art reflect on Holocaust and nature of evil

A half-century after completion, Mauricio Lasansky's series feels as poignantly painful as ever.
1-David Feinberg Road to Burundi, 2006 Acrylic, collage on canvas, 52 x 44 in. Collaborative work with drawing contributions from Rwandan survivor Ali

4 Twin Cities art shows to help you keep that fall feeling

REVIEW: Indigenous futures, an inspiring U of M professor, Latinx identities and Middle East designers are all worth a look.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-born, Harlem-based Julie Mehretu's traveling mid-career survey has arrived at the Walker Art Center. Here, Mehretu was seen at t

Renowned artist Julie Mehretu circles back to Minneapolis, which helped launch her career

Retrospective opens at Walker Art Center after winning praise at stops in L.A., New York and Atlanta.
Matthew Cordell, left, and Cody Toutges, members of the Dakota Kit Fox Society, participated in the dedication of Angela Two Stars’ art piece, Okciy

After 'Scaffold' backlash, Dakota artwork leads healing efforts at Walker

Like the sculpture, the dedication honored Native language and culture.
Angela Two Stars’ new commission for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden celebrates Dakota language and culture. A fountain is at the center of Two Sta

'Healing' work celebrating Dakota culture takes place of 'Scaffold' in Sculpture Garden

Sculpture by Native American artist Angela Two Stars will be unveiled Saturday.
Teo Nguyen, “Untitled No. 8.”

Teo Nguyen's paintings at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum reflect serenity

An abandoned house — its siding falling off, revealing raw, worn wooden planks — stands in the middle of a grassy field. In the distance…
Seena Hodges. Photo: Desire� Benton of the Dash Collective

Walker Art Center elects Woke Coach founder as first woman of color to lead board

Longtime Twin Cities arts leader Seena Hodges will lead an all-female team as president.
Former Walker Art Center chief curator Dean Swanson with grandson George.

Dean Swanson, a curator of 'exquisite taste' who shaped Walker Art Center, dies at 86

Swanson was the Walker's chief curator, then director of Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez

Weisman Art Museum hires Mexican cultural leader as its new leader

Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez endured a hurricane as director of Puerto Rico's Museo de Arte de Ponce.
Cole Rogers, who founded Highpoint Center for Printmaking with Carla McGrath, worked on the proofing process for a screen print by artist Julie Mehret

A lifetime of work is acquired by Mpls. Institute of Art: 'It will be like a family reunion'

The complete archive of the nationally renowned Twin Cities printmaking center is now enshrined at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Julie Mehretu

10 must-see Twin Cities art exhibitions coming fall 2021

'Out My Window'Gail Albert Halaban travels the world looking into other people's windows. This photo project started in 2007 when she moved to New…
“Berfin, Istiklal Cad, Beyoglu, Istanbul” by Gail Albert Halaban Weinstein Hammons Gallery

Four Minneapolis shows to launch the fall season for art lovers

With chillier fall weather comes the opening of art exhibitions across the Twin Cities.These four Minneapolis shows — two of photographs, one of paintings and…
“Niagara” by Alec Soth. Provided

10 must-see art pieces from the 2021 Minnesota State Fair

The fair is back, and so is the annual art exhibition. Here are 10 pieces to look for.
Marley Kaul

Marley Kaul, Bemidji State art professor, dies at 82

When artist Marley Kaul wasn't in his garden, he was behind the easel, painting. But sometimes art and life would collide on the philosophical…
The “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit opened last week at Lighthouse Minneapolis.

Why our critic hated the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Minneapolis

REVIEW: Sunflowers and glimpses of the artist's life tremendously disappoint.
A detail of memorial unveiled July 16 for the 1931 fair housing stand of Arthur and Edith Lee.

Six ways memorials are used to grapple with Minnesota's troubled past

The struggle over George Floyd Square points to an ongoing debate:  What exactly is a memorial for?
Justin Vernon will perform at the Water Is Life Festival in Duluth.

Our Friday best: Water Is Life Festival, Bay Front Blues Festival

Water Is Life FestivalLanding the first Bon Iver show in Minnesota in over two years would be remarkable enough, but the Water Is Life Festival…
Employees of the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit watch the exhibit to provide scale for the media during a media walk-through of the exhibit at Light

Long-awaited 'Immersive Van Gogh' exhibition's Mpls. opening delayed again

Organizers await a city permit for the former Minneapolis warehouse.
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It's a cat's world in new kitty-filled exhibition at Walker Art Center

Kitty-filled exhibit by Candice Lin investigates legacies of colonialism.
Sandra Spieler’s “Shared Table” is part of the “Many Waters” exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Drought is a perfect moment for Minnesota museum's 'Many Waters'

The still-closed Minnesota Museum of American Art presents "Many Waters."
Melinda Wolff, a wood jewelry maker. ANTRANIK TAVITIAN • anto.tavitian@startribune.com

How art fair artists are making a comeback this summer

With art fairs mostly back in gear, artists who took a financial hit last summer are seeing people open their wallets once more.
The “tag wall” as part of the “Kindertransport” exhibit, now at ASI. C&G Partners

Minneapolis exhibit remembers the children saved from the Holocaust

A show about the effort to save Jewish children pulls into the American Swedish Institute.
Questlove on the Oscars red carpet in February. He served as host/DJ for the Academy Awards this year.

Questlove to DJ as Walker Art Center brings back its fall garden party

The hybrid event, which also can be viewed virtually for free, will feature Dessa, too.
The 2019 Uptown Art Fair. It was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

2021 Uptown Art Fair canceled, organizers cite safety worries

It's another blow for the Minneapolis neighborhood.
Art by Sherstin Schwartz, one of six Twin Cities artists competing in this Friday’s Tilt Brush Battle.

Virtual reality meets reality TV in a Twin Cities contest this week

VR meets reality TV in a boundary-stretching competition this week.
Leslie Barlow sat for a portrait with some of her paintings at her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.

With a focus on mixed-race families, Twin Cities artist Leslie Barlow imagines a new reality

The Minneapolis artist's latest works show her vision of family.
“Monument, General P.G.T. Beauregard, New Orleans, Louisiana” (2016) by An-My Lê   ORG XMIT: 136190

Photo show at Minneapolis Institute of Art puts the focus on women

Mpls. Institute of Art focuses on recent photos by women.
Visitors to “Immersive Van Gogh” can become part of the art rather than just experiencing it.

'Immersive Van Gogh' will turn a Minneapolis building into participatory art

The show "dives into Van Gogh's mind" with digital projections of his paintings.