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A Fresh Look at Picasso and the Art That Inspired Him

A Fresh Look at Picasso and the Art That Inspired Him

It’s finally happened — a blockbuster Picasso show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Organized by the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, “The Eyes of Picasso” is a rare treat, pairing 60 works by Picasso with sublime examples of the African art that inspired him. Viewed with fresh eyes, that relationship is the show’s driving theme. “If you think you know Picasso there are going to be new discoveries,” said Nelson-Atkins CEO and director Julián Zugazagoitia.

The High Art of the Throw-Away

The High Art of the Throw-Away

Six artists make the most of materials found, discarded, avoided or unappreciated in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Ephemera” exhibit, which opened in time to be seen by visitors to the 27th International Sculpture Conference, from Oct. 25 through 28, in Kansas City. Presented in pairs in three spacious first floor galleries, the artists source wildly different artistic media from the throw-away world of global capitalism or forgotten elements of nature.

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“Jonathan Knight,” EthnicArt Gallery

“Jonathan Knight,” EthnicArt Gallery

The 20-year history of Ron Chaney’s EthnicArt Gallery has come full circle. In an opening celebration on December 15th, Chaney inaugurated his new gallery space, located in the heart of the 18th and Vine District with its first show, “The Art of Jonathan Knight.” Chaney’s vision and commitment to bring the work of African American […]

‘As One’ Delves the Complexity of Transgender Life

‘As One’ Delves the Complexity of Transgender Life

“As One” is the story of one soul torn between two identities, a story of courage, of truth, of searching and of self-discovery. It is the story of Hannah, in her journey to realize herself as a young transgendered woman. “As One” is a chamber opera composed by Laura Kaminsky, with co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. The opera premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014.

Open Spaces: Arts Update

Open Spaces: Arts Update

Dan Cameron, curator and artistic director of Open Spaces, will select approximately 25 visual artists — regional, national and international — to develop projects for the ambitious arts showcase. Selection of performing artists is also under way. In a November interview, Cameron said he began reaching out to visual artists last summer and that he […]

Open Spaces: Kansas City’s First Arts Biennial Starts in Swope Park

Open Spaces: Kansas City’s First Arts Biennial Starts in Swope Park

80 Artists to Present Projects and Performances City Wide Kansas City’s arts scene is anticipating a big shot of steroids from this summer’s debut of “Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience.” Scheduled for Aug. 25 through Oct. 28, Open Spaces is designed to galvanize appreciation for contemporary art and Kansas City’s stature in […]

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