Jason Pollen has designed textiles for Chanel and Donna Karan, chaired the fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute and achieved a significant reputation as an artist. His prodigious and inventive output is being featured in a two-part retrospective, “Jason Pollen Unfurled: Thirty Years in Kansas City,” at the Central Library.
Known for small watercolors, Honig will show big paintings. Featuring colorful wreaths of flowers and fruit, the paintings were designed to function as backdrops for selfies, and Honig encourages viewers to circulate their portraits on the Internet.
Sunday at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the cartoonist, who created the Pulitzer Prize-winning work "Maus," will take his audience through the early 20th century graphic novels that influenced him, complete with jazz by Phillip Johnston.
The husband-and-wife pair express their observations of the local landscape through masterful drawing and luminous oil paint, but their paintings, on view in concurrent exhibits at The Late Show, are different.
“Drink creatively” is the motto on Paint Nite, when canvases and colors take over restaurants and bars around town. It goes on across the country, and in Kansas City, depending on the day of the week, it might be at RecordBar or Drunken Fish or Milieu.
The first thing you encounter at a new contemporary art show at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the “Mom Booth,” where a woman in an apron sits at a table. She’s a real mom who gives advice, hugs and maybe a scolding. She might ask you to fold laundry or pick Legos off the floor.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art has a “blue” look as it prepares for its popular “Beyond Bounds” auction. The Oct. 18 event will feature “electric blue” artworks, created by 153 local, national and international artists.
Look for our Chiefs Extra print section in The Kansas City Star each Friday before the Chiefs play for a new action figure. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to email@example.com for a chance to win prizes. This week's prize is a $100 gift card to Price Chopper. Check out our photo gallery of some of the best submissions so far.
The artist recently completed a 50-foot-high mural on the Bonfils building at 12th Street and Grand Boulevard. The “Angry Zebra” also appears on the poster for Shafer’s one-person show, “State of Shock,” opening Friday at the 19 Below gallery.
“Stone and Mist: Chinese Landscape Photography by Michael Cherney ” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is a show to revel in. Cherney, a native New Yorker who has lived in China for more than 20 years, aligns his work with classical Chinese painting, presenting his photographs of ancient monuments and contemporary cities in the format of traditional scrolls.
The chaotic paintings of William Rainey and the mixed media-metal works of Lori Raye Erickson offer two very different meditations on life and faith in exhibitions that continue through Monday at Blue Gallery.
Debra Smith’s new textile artworks combine allusions to Savile Row, minimalist drawing, and cubist masterworks with a new element of menace. Lisa Grossman’s “Reach” show of new landscapes includes two captivating series of watercolors. The exhibits continue through Oct. 18.
The much-anticipated exhibit, opening Sept. 19 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, lives up to its promise. From carved pipes to exquisitely painted buffalo robes, beaded dresses and commanding feather headdresses, the 136 items tell of the Plains way of life and the extraordinary creativity its native peoples.
Following the death of co-founder R. Crosby Kemper, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art looks to the future with daughter Mary Kemper Wolf at the helm of its board of trustees. The museum’s funding is solid and three big exhibitions are planned for the 2014-15 season. Wolf and the museum’s executive director, Barbara O’Brien, are focused on creating a five-year plan, expanding membership and building community support.
The KC Clay Guild’s exhibit “Teabowl National 2014,” on display through Sept. 19 at Avila University’s Thornhill Gallery showcases the extraordinary diversity possible in the making and designing of one little form. The exhibit features affordable works by 66 artists in styles ranging from traditional to experimental.
September’s First Friday brings a tribute to the late art dealer Byron Cohen with a show at Sherry Leedy of Hung Liu, an artist Cohen represented for many years. The evening’s openings range from the Crossroads to the West Bottoms, Rockhurst University to the River Market.
The Kansas City artist explores African-American history, religion, spirituality and aspects of the feminine in her exhibit, “Let the Church Say Amen,” at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. There are 37 works on view.
Part three of The Star’s “The Other Side” series focuses on award-winning Kansas City architect Steve Abend, who, since he retired, has turned his energies on his art collection and the Zen garden he designed and built on his Ward Parkway property.
The fall season in the visual arts brings big shows like the “Plains Indian” exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, as well as affordable art, participatory events and opportunities for intimate encounters with small work. Prepare for a scare at the Kansas City Symphony’s presentation of the classic German Expressionist film, “Nosferatu,” just in time for Halloweeen.
James Woodfill’s poetic exhibit, which continues through Sept. 13 at City Ice Arts, features photographs, abstract paintings and different compilations of tables and workstations placed at intervals around the gallery. The entirety of the space reads as an evocative stage set for an event suspended in potential.