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John McLaughlin

A joint show at Paoli’s Abel Contemporary Gallery displays work of handbuilding and woodblock printing. Read more

Visual Arts

From Frida Kahlo’s mysterious cactus fruit to neon lights displayed inside the historic stock pavilion, 2018 was a wild, fun-filled year for the visual arts in Madison. John McLaughlin recounts shows that moved him. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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

A & E

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

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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.