Ed Burtynsky, Ölfusá River #1 Iceland (2012)

Easy to Swallow: Burtynsky’s Water at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Edward Burtynsky: Water is on-view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 26. The exhibit features sixty large-scale Cibachrome photographs divided into the themes of Distress, Control, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Source, and Waterfront. I had every intention of attending the opening of Water in February, but I was waylaid at the I AM reception that … Continue reading

For Sunday in the Circle with Eli and Edythe, the Broad Art Museum Offered Hyper-Local Art and Design

Sunday is a fine day to visit the Broad Art Museum, even to avoid the galleries. The Zaha Hadid designed museum might be the ultimate undergraduate hang out, with a Starbucks serving up lattes in a chamber with exceptional and outrageously cool views onto the Michigan State Circle district. I passed a thoughtful hour sipping … Continue reading

Henry Brown, Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery, March 17, 2015

Of Paper and Power: The Collages of Henry Arthur Brown

Henry Arthur Brown’s colorful and exuberant collages are currently featured at Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery in Grand Rapids. Brown has been working in the medium of collage for years, but has only recently started exhibiting his work. If you missed Henry Brown’s opening the weekend of July 4 at LINC this past summer, you’re not … Continue reading

Break it Down, Make it Better, UICA, February 28

The Essential Elijah Pierce is An Exhibition that Travels the Way Woodcarver Elijah Pierce Once Traveled, with a Bible and a Book of Wood.

First, before warbling like an overfed thrush the praises of the Muskegon Museum of Art, allow me to confess a deep connection to the regional museum three blocks from my home. The museum is my home museum, and I have attended scores of events since 2008, openings and lectures, and even have begun to produce … Continue reading

Becoming an Image, 2014
Photo Credit: Heather Cassils Alejandro Santiago

Facing Identity: I AM at Kendall College Fed Galleries

Currently on display at Kendall College Federal Building galleries are the second and third installments of I AM, curated by Michele Bosak. The first of the series I AM: Money Matters, was open as an ArtPrize venue, and rightfully received a lot of attention from the public and ArtPrize jurors. I AM: Assuming Positions, and … Continue reading

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Gaspard leaves its mark

In 2012, art critic Jerry Saltz, visited Gaspard while he was in town for ArtPrize. After offering some feedback regarding Spiritual Lake, Saltz asked Chris Cox some questions about the gallery and pronounced, “You will go to art heaven for this.” Friday August 1, marked opening of Free, the last exhibition at Gaspard, which has made … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Who You Think I Am” Is More Than You Think It Is: Salvador Jiménez Flores Revisited

by Michael DeMaagd Rodriguez Recently, Kevin Buist, artist, writer and ArtPrize Exhibition Director, posted a short essay of his initial impressions of the Kendall College of Art and Design 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition. In it, he gently lamented what he saw as an often overcrowded, over-polished, “capital M Meaning” art production. He asks the artists … Continue reading

Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park January 31– April 27, 2014 “Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors,” is curated from the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens‘ permanent collection of works on paper, which includes pieces by such modern masters as Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson, as well as notable contemporary artists including Kiki … Continue reading

Rock that Yields: “Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone”, at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Jason Quigno works exclusively in stone, but with a variety of types which is exceptional, because while the finished product may have superficial similarities, each stone has inherent properties that are nearly as different as wood is to metal.  Soapstone is waxy, alabaster is translucent and brittle, marble allows crisp detailed carving, limestone is soft, … Continue reading

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