Visual Art Reviews

“Warren Rosser: Loitering with Intent,” “Debra Smith: Recent Work,” “Samara Umbral: She-Bop,” Haw Contemporary

When Warren Rosser settled into his enviable Crossroads studio he made sure to get the lighting just right. For a seasoned painter exploring color relationships in depth, the results have been transformative.  “Loitering with Intent,” his first solo exhibition at Haw Contemporary, features more than a dozen new paintings by a masterful abstract colorist at […]

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“¿QUE PASA, USA?,” La Esquina

Debates about immigration and citizenship turned into ugly political football in the last election cycle. The truth of the matter, as seen in the exhibition “¿QUE PASA, USA?” is far more familiar, complex and colorful than the public discourse would suggest. Lynnette Miranda, the new curator-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation mirthfully embraces the demographic […]

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“Dawit L. Petros: The Stranger’s Notebook,” H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

Dawit L. Petros’ “The Stranger’s Notebook” is the first of a trilogy of works in which the Eritrean artist investigates “migration as a key constituent of modernity.” Consisting of large-scale color photographs and a number of videos and recorded sound, the exhibit documents Petros’ 13-month journey throughout West and North Africa, as well as to […]

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“Paolo Porelli: Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous,” Belger Arts Center

“Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous” establishes Italian artist Paolo Porelli as a grand interpreter of the human condition. His aptly titled exhibit at the Belger Arts Center is also aptly timed, coinciding with an American election season showcasing human behavior and foibles at their most extreme. By turns elegant and grotesque, playful and menacing, […]

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“Micaela de Vivero,” Kansas City Artists Coalition

Micaela de Vivero’s exhibit at the Kansas City Artists Coalition highlights the artist’s experiments with a wide assortment of non-traditional media. As you enter the room, you are surrounded by transformed objects that evoke an innovative laboratory. The artist’s unconventional and repurposed materials speak to dreamlike encounters, while also exploring experiences of daily life. She […]

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