Kelly Ludwig’s Outsider Obsession

KC collector hooked on “purity and rawness” of works by untrained artists. “It’s hard to pinpoint the single moment when my appreciation for this art became a mild obsession,” writes Kelly Ludwig in her book Detour Art (Kansas City Star Books, 2007). “It probably started from the get-go.” A long-time Kansas City resident, born in […]

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Company Confidence

Troupe’s talent inspires KC Ballet artist director Devon Carney to tackle KC Premiere of Swan Lake. Swan Lake was a flop when it premiered in 1877. Tchaikovsky’s score was considered too Wagnerian; too noisy. A critic named Tyler Grant referred to it as “utter hogwash” and thought the choreography was “unimaginative and altogether unmemorable.” After […]

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Ricky Allman: Science Fiction Solutions

Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.  In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future. “I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, […]

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Artist to Watch: Nabil El-Halwany

The self-taught artist’s works reflect his experience as a practicing psychiatrist. I like to put ideas in my art,” says Nabil El-Halawany, a self-taught artist who is also a practicing psychiatrist. That’s an understatement, confronted with El- Halawany’s colorful compositions of quirky images fired with symbolic urgency. Angels, tunnels, trains, boats, praying figures, animals and […]

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