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Honors: Laura Berman

Laura Berman’s monoprints and paintings on paper are luminous explorations of geological strata, topologies, and the atmospheric relationship of the land to the sky, executed with a dazzling yet earthy

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Artist Pages: Bloch Top 10

"Despite its aura of nostalgia, or probably because of it, the painting resonates on many levels. It knocks on the door of the pure abstractions of his ‘Ocean Park’ series.

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Arts News: Kemper Museum Mural Layers Beauty and Social History

Peeling wallpaper and crumbling walls usually signify things in disarray. In Firelei Báez’ mural “To See Beyond Its Walls (and access the places that lie beyond),” the Kemper Museum’s latest commissioned atrium project, that’s the point. Báez’ portrait of a beautiful woman of color wearing a wrapped headdress is at first sight appealingly decorative. But […]

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Cat Mahari: Centering Blackness

Cat Mahari: Centering Blackness

If you have seen Cat Mahari perform, you don’t forget. True to her name, she moves with a fierce feline swagger. Her presence in a room can be equivalent to a mic drop. Fearless? Yes. Challenging? Definitely. Mahari is a battle-tested warrior. When she roars her truth you will pay attention. Her confidence is grounded in lived, embodied experience and intense study. It comes through her work as “centering blackness.”

Honors: Laura Berman

Honors: Laura Berman

Laura Berman’s monoprints and paintings on paper are luminous explorations of geological strata, topologies, and the atmospheric relationship of the land to the sky, executed with a dazzling yet earthy simplicity. This may sound like a contradiction, and, in many ways, her works fuse paradoxical ideas and imagery, such as depicting solid rocks and landscape as mutable translucencies.

Monumental Promised Gift on View at Nelson-Atkins

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s magnificent “Gates of Paradise,” a pair of gilded bronze doors created for the east entrance of the Baptistery in Florence, Italy, have long been considered a defining monument of Renaissance Art. Thanks to a recent promised gift to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, visitors to the museum can now have a Renaissance experience […]

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