The latest trend in smartphones are extenders called selfie sticks that allow the user to hold their device as much as three feet away, giving their ego photos a wider view of that landmark or artwork in the background. Art museums in bigger cities are banning them. Galleries here say it is not a problem — yet.
Tim Youd, a Los Angeles-based performance artist, is in KC as part of his multiyear project to retype 100 classic novels. He’s currently typing Evan S. Connell’s two novels “Mrs. Bridge” and “Mr. Bridge,” both set in Kansas City.
A Venetian waterscape by Claude Monet has sold for more than $35 million at a London auction as the high-end art market shows resilience in a bumpy global economy. “Le Grand Canal,” fetched $35.6 million at Sotheby’s
February First Fridays brings “Making Histories” at the Kansas City Art Institute’s H&R Block Artspace, where Artspace director Raechell Smith and KU art history professor and critic David Cateforis have assembled an intelligent and demanding selection of global works that revisit important events and developments in the 20th century. On Feb. 5, the Nerman opens exhibits of new work by American Indian artists Gina Adams and Natalie Ball.
The goal sets the bar 20 percent higher than the campaign’s 2014 giving, but organizers are confident that the improved economy will boost the workplace-tied effort. Several area companies already have seeded the 2015 fund with $100,000.
A Valentine’s message in Morse code begins blinking in the windows of a half dozen buildings downtown, including the Central Library and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The message, “LUV U,” is part of a light installation by award-winning Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister, sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and on view through the end of the month.
“Now that makes sense,” said one member of the Shawnee Mission High class of 1957. A recent story in The Star said school alumni were begging to see the painting, “Utah Highlands,” and wondering about its whereabouts.
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Kansas City photographer and Shawnee Mission East teacher Adam Finkelston, 37, is making a go of The Hand Magazine, a quarterly journal of photography and printmaking that he founded with printmaker James Meara in May 2013. Although its scope is global, the publication does not neglect local artists.
“Do You Copy?” at Missouri Western State University’s Potter Gallery of Art, features the art of 35 local, national and international artists whose work explores printmaking, photography and other reproductive mediums.
Studios Inc. group show, which runs through Feb. 15, features new works by current residents, including a wintry floor installation by Jill Downen and a contemplative abstraction by Colby Smith. Highlights include Jarrett Mellenbruch’s terrarium piece housing a hermit crab, and Brett Reif’s sculpture incorporating plumbing elements.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has a winner with “WWI and the Rise of Modernism,” an exhibit of 60 works including paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts. Drawn mainly from the museum’s permanent collection, the unpretentious show is striking a chord with viewers.
The Kansas City artist is known for his sculptural work, but switches gears in “Storms and Forms,” which continues through Jan. 31 at the Todd Weiner Gallery. In colorful and energetic ink abstraction Cail offers an expressive examination of limitations and how they can be manipulated, stretched, and reordered.
Seeing the St. Louis-based artist’s exhibit, which continues through Jan. 16 at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, one confronts the the man-made imbalance that threatens our habitat and sense of well being.
The 2015 season in the visual arts brings a look at the international contemporary art collection of Bill and Christy Gautreaux in a big show at the Kemper and the renowned folk art collection of Barbara L. Gordon at the Nelson-Atkins. Elsewhere quilts, live coral and cacti will play new roles at the hands of artists; this fall, stand by for a major exhibit at the Nelson exploring the influence of Hollywood on Thomas Hart Benton.
“Phenomena” group show of photography and video at the Epsten Gallery demonstrates multiple ways of visually presenting the world. Abstractions, altered landscapes and constructed environments examine themes ranging from environmental degradation and decay to the power of color and form.
The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center honors Kansas City artist David Goodrich, who died from heat exhaustion last summer, with “David Goodrich: Remembered,” an exhibit of his luminous figurative paintings based on myth and art history. Kansas City artist Martin Cail unveils colorful new ink on white board works at Todd Weiner.
2014 was a banner year for American Indian art in Kansas City and for thought-provoking exhibits from around the globe. A highlight of the year’s new acquisitions was the giant walk-in glass “Labyrinth” by Robert Morris installed in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The Artists for Life Project, a major, artist-led effort to highlight gun violence and promote discussion about how to reduce it, placed numerous posters, designed by local and national African-American artists, in venues in Kansas City and beyond in 2014.
William Lobdell’s depictions of Kansas City landmarks, on exhibit through Dec. 31 at the Leopold Gallery, are an ingenious fusion of sculpture and painting, combining flat perspective drawing with small found objects like soda can pull tabs, bread clips and washers. The results are a compelling reflection on grandeur of our city and the rubbish that clutters its streets.
Kansas City artist Asheer Akram is a magician of materials and a poet of the human condition. The massive sculptures, large wall reliefs and smaller ceramic vessels in his “Sacred Spaces” exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery decode mystical experience into visual form. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 24.