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“Worlds Otherwise Hidden,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

“Worlds Otherwise Hidden,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

In the grand scheme of art history, abstract art is still a new genre, but it is also old enough for reappraisals. In “Worlds Otherwise Hidden,” curated by Erin Dziedzic, the Kemper Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, three international artists are doing just that. No longer is abstraction about academic formalism, spiritual excess or pseudo-scientific […]

“Paul Santoleri, Karen Kunc, John Lamberton, Meghan Rowswell,” Kansas City Artists Coalition

“Paul Santoleri, Karen Kunc, John Lamberton, Meghan Rowswell,” Kansas City Artists Coalition

Philadelphia artist Paul Santoleri’s wall-sized, floor-to-ceiling drawings, now on view at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, immerse viewers in a dream-like world. In this walk-in installation, robust yet graceful curvilinear lines fold over each other in rhythmic patterns charged with harmonious movement. Though he often works in color, Santoleri chose a black and white palette […]

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“The Art of Dean Mitchell,” EthnicArt Gallery

“The Art of Dean Mitchell,” EthnicArt Gallery

In his current show at the EthnicArt Gallery, Dean Mitchell captures the angst, dignity, and strength that often define a life lived in poverty. Mitchell, an African American artist who experienced poverty first hand as a child, takes on this tough subject in more than two dozen oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings created between 2012 […]

“Unexpected Encounters” at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

“Unexpected Encounters” at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Original works of art are the lifeblood of any art museum. Without them, the visitors’ experience would be one-dimensional and dreary. The joy of encountering an unfamiliar work opens doors and windows to new worlds, emotions and avenues of exploration. Visitors love discovering new works and museum curators, such as myself, love showing new objects. […]

Arts News: Central Library Exhibit Collects Wishes

The whole idea started with a rock. “THIS ROCK GRANTS WISHES,” written on the side, a tangible, weighty object infused with mythical promise. “I picked it up because it felt really significant when I saw it, like it was mine. It was right before 2017, the year of thoughts and prayers,” said artist Ryan Wilks. […]

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