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John McLaughlin

Artist Katherine Steichen Rosing captures the cryptic beauty of the life-and-death cycle of ash trees in “Emeralds to Ashes,” an exhibit at Madison College. more

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Barry Phipps

“New Midwest Photography” at the James Watrous Gallery explores the dark and the light, the sad and the hopeful, in our varied region. more

Visual Arts

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Wojtek Naczas

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibit, “Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes,” is a monumental achievement, for both the sculptor and the curator Stephen Fleischman. more

Visual Arts

Abel Contemporary Gallery, a 30-year fixture in Paoli, announces a move from Paoli to Stoughton. more

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Artworking

Artworking, a nonprofit that supports artists with disabilities, is raising funds to relocate and expand after a flood damaged its office and studio space. more

A & E

Arts + Literature Laboratory continues its edgy experimental series, projecting in the alley. This year the curators chose from nearly 250 submissions to create the varied program. The films run on Saturdays throughout August. more

Movies

Luke Proctor, last year’s Best in Show winner at the Art Fair on the Square for metal works, makes a stunning line of furniture from smithed metals. He wants us to rethink our stereotyped ideas of blacksmiths. more

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Photos courtesy Irene Grau

For “Construction Season,” her interactive show at MMoCA, Irene Grau created laser-cut iron pieces replicating spray-painted construction symbols. more

Visual Arts

The meanings behind letters of the alphabet animate a dual exhibit at the James Watrous Gallery from Anne Kingsbury and Helen Lee. more

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Andrew Balkin

Andrew Balkin, who carved out a career in Madison making fine art prints for contemporary artists, is headed to New York City’s Hollis Taggart Galleries for a solo exhibition of his drawings. more

Visual Arts

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AMY STOCKLEIN

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the job descriptions for Mel Becker Solomon and Leah Kolb, curators at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. more

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MMoCA’s one-night only “Chroma” aims to engage all the senses by celebrating color more

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UW-Madison is one of the few universities that have a neon arts program. A show April 20-21 at the UW Stock Pavilion illuminates the works of students and professional neon artists. more

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Martin Jenich

Madison’s busy poet laureate Oscar Mireles helps kick off National Poetry Month with a series of events at the Madison Public Library. more

Books

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Jennifer Engelbart-Tatar

Stephon “Chill” Ashley is a prolific artist. He has scored a rare solo show in the school’s gallery. more

Visual Arts

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Mary Dickey

Here’s a cure for winter cabin fever: A drive to the excellent “Wings & Water” exhibition at Sauk Prairie River Arts Center. more

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Tristan McGough

The small but mighty “Rosebud” is still publishing after 25 years. Its latest edition includes poems from the science fiction titan Ursula K. Le Guin. more

A & E

A show from the UW art department highlights the provocative works of first-year master of fine arts students. more

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Two shows at Arts + Literature Laboratory are dense with allegory and symbolism. Christopher Maddox’s “≠” is a challenging multimedia work, and two UW professors worked together to create “Buish Kaminski Collaborations.” more

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Jaume Plensa

“Talking Continents” is a powerful statement on language and connection from art world superstar Jaume Plensa. It’s at MMoCA through April 15. more

Visual Arts

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    John McLaughlin

    Balkin works in a studio on the outskirts of Middleton.

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    John McLaughlin

    A view of the Capitol from the snow-covered shore of Lake Mendota at Governor’s Island.