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Crystal Bridges: All the Women Artists

On my recent trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, I photographed works by women artists with the intent of conducting my own Guerilla Girls-style “weenie count.” When I inquired at the info desk, I was told that approximately 400 works from the permanent collection are currently on view.  I counted a mere 28 […]

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Thomas Hart Benton at the Missouri State Capitol

A weekend trip to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City was the perfect way to combine my passion for art and my boyfriend’s interest in politics.   There is no better time to visit than the present, as this month marks the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton. Seeing Benton’s State Capitol Murals in person […]

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Maya Lin’s Silver Missouri

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk by the accomplished artist and architect Maya Lin at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Lin, best known for winning the contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. when she was a 21-year-old architecture student (kind of makes every other […]

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News Flash: Art World Still Sexist

It has been an interesting week for women in contemporary art.  In case anybody still thinks that maybe we’ve moved beyond needing courses/books/exhibitions devoted specifically to women in the arts, Neo-Expressionist artist Georg Baselitz this week stated, “Women don’t paint very well. It’s a fact,” claiming that they “simply don’t pass the market test, the […]

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The Overland Park Arboretum Controversy: Breast Intentions

While we’re on the topic of public art controversies in Kansas City, it is worth mentioning that the American Family Association of Kansas & Missouri is pushing for a repeat of last year’s Grand Jury investigation of Yu Chang’s sculpture Accept or Reject at the Overland Park Arboretum—a process that spent $35,000 of taxpayer money […]

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The Scout Controversy

An artist’s billboard in downtown Kansas City has been removed after creating controversy.  A. Bitterman‘s The Scout depicted a gunman taking aim at an iconic local statue of a Sioux Indian on horseback.  Coordinator Moses Brings Plenty of the Kansas City Indian Center launched accusations of racism.  Others claimed that the image did not present […]

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Banksy’s Better Out Than In: No Need for a Museum

Yesterday, Banksy, notorious street artist and director of Exit Through the Gift Shop, launched a month-long artist-in-residency on the streets of New York.  Better Out Than In, chronicled on the artist’s web site, already includes two works of art that raise questions about how the role of art is related to its environment. The first […]

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Allegory of Bad Government

In the wake of today’s crazy government shutdown, I heard a guy on the radio saying that American politics were looking more like Italian politics.  Naturally (for me), that got me to thinking about Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s amazing 14th-century frescoes depicting allegories of good and bad government in the town hall of Siena.  On one wall […]

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