Art

The portrait

Art
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 1/26/12, 05:01 pm

I became a painter on an impulse my freshman year of college. My paintings reveal that I have tenacity rather than training.

Recently my mother asked me to paint a portrait of my deceased Norwegian grandfather as a gift for his 94-year-old widow, my grandmother. "She would love it," mom said.

"Yes," I answered, after some hesitation. I thought the task beyond me.

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Trying to understand modern art

Art
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/25/12, 01:59 pm

Someone will have to teach me about modern art. I was invited to an exhibition at an art center in Detroit, and I would like to describe it to you as best I can: The "artists" (the quotation marks are not to be snide, but are there because I am not sure if I've been had) are all Norwegian, and I will not name the institute sponsoring them, but it is an "important" one, as they say.

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Land of the Philistines

Art
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/13/11, 03:13 pm

Late last month, Kansas became the first and only state to defund "the arts." It began in February, when Gov. Sam Brownback eliminated the Kansas Arts Commission from the state budget to predicable howls of protest. In March, the Kansas Senate voted to restore the KAC and the legislature crammed rather modest funding (totaling $689,000) back into the budget. On May 27, the governor crossed out the commission again using the line-item veto.

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