visual art

Arts and Humanities
2:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Philippe de Montebello's Rendez-vous With Art

Philippe de Montebello
Credit Wild Bill Melton

Philippe de Montebello is the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His retirement in 2008 wasn't only the end of his 31-year tenure, it was seen as an end of an era at the venerable institution, too. His new book, “Rendez-vous With Art,” co-written with art critic Martin Gayford, is a series of conversations between the curator and the critic inside museums around the world—part travel memoir, part art history reflection, part personal response. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:56 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Louisville Artists Not Sheepish About Joint 'Wool' Exhibit

Oil landscape by Catherine Bryant
Credit Submitted photo

Louisville artists Vallorie Henderson and Catherine Bryant have been friends for years. About five years ago, when they started talking about collaborating, the connection was fairly concrete—Henderson is a fiber artist who works with raw wool, and at the time, she raised her own sheep; Bryant, a landscape painter with an affinity for grazing animals, wanted to paint Henderson’s flock.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentucky Native Gina Phillips Brings Art Home in 21C Exhibit

"Benjamin Arthur Ellis" by Gina Phillips. 2011. Fabric, thread, paint.
Credit Gina Phillips

New Orleans-based artist Gina Phillips has a scavenger's heart. She plucked the name of her latest exhibit, "A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers For Me," from a childhood memory of her grandmother using divining rods to search for water underground. She uses a long-arm quilting machine to free-form stitch bits of synthetic hair and silk onto scraps of fabric to create textured objects that exist somewhere between the two- and three-dimensional art plane. She comes by the assemblage approach naturally, she said. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Second Life: New Exhibit Explores Taxidermy, Animal Bodies in Fine Art

A detail of Jennifer Angus' work.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Using stuffed animals in art isn’t a new technique - 19th century ornithology expert John James Audubon was also an accomplished taxidermist, and he drew many of his iconic birds of America from his own models posed in the field. But the artists in Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s new exhibit “Second Life” are taking the repurposing of bio-materials to a new level.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Remixing Childhood: Louisville Artist Scott Scarboro Explores Fragments of Memory

Digital still from "Slee Stack," hand-glitched video.
Credit Scott Scarboro

  Louisville artist Scott Scarboro focuses on artifacts, fragments, memories and icons from his childhood in his new exhibit “Glitches From the Memory Bank.” The show, which opens Friday at The Green Building and runs through July 4, consists of videos, mixed media sculptures and machine-stitched wall hangings.

WFPL’s Ashlie Stevens discussed this new body of work with the artist.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Inside Tim Faulkner's New Portland Arts Complex

The main gallery space at Tim Faulkner Gallery.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Many of Louisville's art galleries are intimate spaces. They're re-purposed storefronts, hosting carefully curated solo or invitational small group shows that boom on opening nights and quietly go about their business with collectors and aficionados the rest of the month. But Tim Faulkner and his gallery director Margaret Archambault have always had a more raucous vibe going, first on East Market and then in Butchertown, where their bursting-at-the-seams Tim Faulkner Gallery moved in 2012.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New 21c Exhibit Explores Spaces Where Water Meets Land

These handmade masks were worn by the opera singers at Zhujiajiao during "The Rematch."
Credit 21c Museum Hotel

Despite the name and the season, Duke Riley’s exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel, “See You at the Finish Line,” isn’t about horse racing. The show, which opened this week, includes documentation of and artifacts from two maritime art projects created and executed by the New York-based artist.

Riley says much of his work deals with issues facing waterfront communities and port cities, in the places where water meets land.

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class

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The University of Louisville has admitted the  first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program.  The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall. 

The University of Kentucky offers  the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.

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Arts and Humanities
9:55 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Louisville Visual Art Association's $100 Sale Expands

LVAA Art [Squared] piece, artist yet to be revealed.
Credit Louisville Visual Art Association

Last year, the Louisville Visual Art Association added a second, more affordable event to their annual high-end art auction, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser the art organization conducts in conjunction with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute -- they put a selection of small paintings up for sale, all a uniform 8-inches-square, all selling for $100.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Feminist Artist Judy Chicago Gifts International Honor Quilt to University of Louisville

From the International Honor Quilt.
Credit University of Louisville

  The University of Louisville has accepted a significant gift of art from feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago. The International Honor Quilt, a large collection of small quilts honoring women from all over the world, joins the university's collection today. The quilts, with their documentation, will be available for study, research and exhibition. 

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