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Posted February 05, 2020in Art News

Deconstructed tractors

And Kooglians, who are not unfamiliar with Earth. Hedda Sterne’s “Imagination and the Machine” brings a great artist from the WWII era back into mainstream awareness. The Romanian artist, a lucky winner of a wartime U.S. visa lottery, embraced this country like few of the artistic and intellectual genius of

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Posted January 01, 2020in Art News

The big, the small, the playful and the deadly earnest

They all share the stage at Moberg Gallery. The latest show at Moberg Gallery illustrates the diversity of that gallery’s artists. Three are showcased here. One spells her name entirely in upper case, another entirely in lower case. One is as playful as the children’s playthings he recreates. Another is

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Posted December 04, 2019in Art News

Revenge of the drag queen

Tales are told with irony, sarcasm and understated glee. “Of Our Time: Contemporary art by indigenous people from the permanent collection” is the latest show at the Des Moines Art Center. It’s also a delightful stroll through the precarious history of American Indians since the invasion of the Europeans and

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Posted November 06, 2019in Art News

‘Monument Valley’ is a perfect fit for Iowa

In her introduction to “Monument Valley,” the Des Moines Art Center’s latest exhibition, curator Laura Burkhalter explains why a show about the history and mythology of a Navajo Tribal Park in Utah and Arizona is a good fit for an Iowa museum. John Wayne, the actor whose work with John

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Posted October 02, 2019in Art News

Female artists dominate the galleries

“Kicking Abstract and Taking Names” The autumn art season kicked off with female artists dominating the galleries. Drake’s Anderson Gallery hosted “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” with an accompanying poster show and pair of lectures. Olson Larsen Galleries will present “Women’s Work” beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 30. That show

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Posted September 04, 2019in Art News

Lost worlds, floating and submerged

A celebration of three centuries of Japanese printmaking Ukiyo-e is the most influential school of art that most Americans never heard about. It had a huge effect on the Impressionists, particularly on Monet and Degas. It continued to influence artists like Frida Kahlo well into the 20th century. Translated as

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Posted July 31, 2019in Art News

Digital when digital wasn’t cool

Gardening and art are intermingled in the mindset of Bill Luchsinger and Karen Strohbeen. Bill Luchsinger and Karen Strohbeen are Iowa’s original digital couple. They were transferring images to computer prints back when they had to drive to Omaha to use computers and printers big enough to work to their

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Posted July 03, 2019in Art News

Love in the time of Der Fuhrer

The Grundigs defied the Nazis, buying a press and distributing pro-Jewish and Communist points of view. Lea Grundig is little known in the U.S. That’s a shame. She and her radical Communist husband Hans lived in Dresden during Germany’s most modern Dark Age, the two disastrous World Wars and the

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Posted June 05, 2019in Art News

Cosmopolitan Des Moines

The local art scene is continually improving. After writing about art in Des Moines for more than 30 years, I marvel most at how much things have become more cosmopolitan. Nothing illustrates this more than Moberg Gallery. When they opened 15 years ago, they were an all-metro gallery. Every artist

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Posted May 01, 2019in Art News

Dutch Masters, Suffragettes and Anniversaries

Molly Wood replicates still-life paintings of the masters by raising her plants indoors and lighting her photos exclusively with natural light. Olson-Larsen Galleries is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition that includes 70 pieces by 55 artists from its four decades in town. Memorial photo montages are also included

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