Abstraction soars Friday, with new Missouri Bank Artboards by Caleb Taylor and Rie Egawa and some hot shows on the ground. For his Artboards, Taylor took black and white photographs of architectonic paper structures and layered them to create enigmatic geometric abstractions.
Kansas City’s connection to the world of comic strips will soon enjoy a higher profile. Ground will be broken at 1:30 p.m. Friday on a new academic building at Rockhurst University that will contain the McMeel Family Gallery of comic strips. On Thursday, “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau will speak at the university.
Contemporary American Indian Art Works from the Nerman MoCA Collection celebrates a decade-plus-long initiative on the part of the museums executive director, Bruce Hartman, to build a substantive collection of contemporary American Indian art. Its a focus, he notes, that is unusual in contemporary art museums.
The Space Between, which runs through March 22 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, features compositions of architectural forms and geometric scaffoldings of triangles and trapezoids. While Rossers canvases are a literal examination of space and form, the exhibit also explores memories of his early years growing up in Wales, his time in America painting and teaching, and more recent trips to Berlin.
The Kansas City Canvas, an exhibit runs through June 8 at the Kansas City Museum, marks the 125th anniversary of Thomas Hart Bentons birth. It also includes works by other artists, such as George Caleb Bingham.
David C. Driskell, a leading authority on African-American art, will give a free lecture at the American Jazz Museum on Thursday, in conjunction with Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts, an exhibit that runs through April 27 in the museums Changing Gallery.
In the past, most tourists stopped in Cusco, Peru, simply for a quick visit before ascending the peaks of Machu Picchu. That has changed. Cusco is now a destination for artists and collectors around the world. The current exhibit at Mattie Rhodes Gallery, co-curated by textile artist Catherine Joslyn and Peruvian-based Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, shows why.
Gorgeous & Outrageous, an exhibit on display through March 1 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center is an excellent posthumous entree into understanding Tony Naponic, who lived and showed in Kansas City for a decade before moving to New York, where he died of congestive heart failure at 49.
Both Kansas City-based Davin Watne and East Coast-based Angela Fraleigh use oil paint as a vehicle to create mythic images public dreams that defy predictable interpretation. Neither artist addresses autobiographical content, but both use elements from their inner lives as creative inspiration.