The Aesthetics of Information: Norwood Viviano’s Global Cities at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

The collection and application of information and statistics may seem anomalous to artistic practices, but there’s a lot of room for creative interpretation.

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Interpretations of Space and Place

by March Kane The Grand Rapids Art Museum currently features a tripartite exhibit focusing on the subject of landscape by contemporary artists T. J. Wilcox, Yun-Fei Ji and Susanna Heller, as well highlighting a selection of lithographs by post-Impressionist Henri Rivière, from the GRAM’s permanent collection. Accompanying T.J. Wilcox’s,”In The Air”, is “Surroundings”, an exhibition of paintings by Yun-Fei Ji and Susanna … Continue reading

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

Break It Down, Make It Better Compares Curatorial Practices

Summary and key-points from “Break it Down, Make it Better”, Avenue for the Arts, at UICA February 28, 2015.

Quotable quotes from Critical Discourse of the ArtPrize Top 10

by Tori Pelz Witty, generous, and frank sum up the general tone of this year’s Critical Discourse following the announcement of the top 10 public voted ArtPrize pieces. Jerry Saltz, famed art critic of New York Magazine, Adonna Khare, artist and winner of the last year’s ArtPrize public vote, and Tamara Fox, Kendall College professor … Continue reading

ArtPrize: Overexposed

by Jennifer Steensma Hoag Professor, Calvin College During ArtPrize last year I visited the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens, one of the few venues that adhered to strict photography policies during the event.  In the gallery I overhead an interesting exchange between a museum guard and a visitor.  “Photography is not allowed, sir” the museum guard asserted.  “What … Continue reading

The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter

The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter, features twenty-two of the thirty-two quilts by Hunter, which are part of the permanent collection of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  Over the course of her life, Hunter produced quilts from salvaged fabric, but having limited supplies and minimal access to patterns or even conventional examples, improvisation … Continue reading

The Surrealism of Banality: Real/Surreal at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

I encourage everyone to see Real/Surreal at the GRAM regardless of how you feel about Surrealism, since it features works by Modernists who are not typically associated with the movement. Two of the most recognized Surrealists, Salvador Dali and René Magritte, are notably absent, however the GRAM has on display Dali’s 1973 series Twelve Tribes of … Continue reading