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Thursday, March 13, 2008

In the Press

Here are some of the recent articles on Connecticut artists and galleries gathered from the independent and mainstream press:

Allan Appel has an article in The New Haven Independent on "Guided Men":

"Hill Regional Career High School seniors Malik Graves and Lorraine Gabriel know plenty of people their age who have enlisted in the armed forces for the bonus money. They are exactly the audience artist Baptiste Ibar hoped would view his 'Guided Men,' Artspace's latest installation in The Lot, tucked away just in from the corner at Chapel and Orange."

"Guided Men" Occupy The Lot (3/4/08)

Phyllis A.S. Boros of The Connecticut Post has a piece on Nathan Sawaya's exhibit "Architecture of the Imagination: The Lure of the LEGO Brick" (2/29/08) at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. (Through Aug. 17)

"Manhattan lawyer-turned-artist Nathan Sawaya is addicted to LEGO bricks. So much so that about 1.5 million of these tiny building blocks can be found in his studio at any given time. For many an artist, oil paint, acrylic, clay or bronze is the medium of choice. But Sawaya fashions his creations out of LEGO bricks — and LEGO bricks only. Although his artwork is unique, his passion for the toy is anything but."

Boros also reports on "Off the Wall/On the Wall/Car-toon-erism: East Coast Artists," at Bridgeport's City Lights Gallery. (Through April 12)

'It used to be taboo for artists to use cartoon imagery in fine art,' [curator Adam] Weisblatt says. But galleries in London, Tokyo and Los Angeles are now full of this type of art, often described as 'low-brow' or 'pop-surrealism.'"

Bridgeport gallery hosts cartoon exhibit Connecticut Post March 12, 2008

Stephan Vincent Kobasa has a moving piece--half review, half personal essay--in The New Haven Advocate:

"Drawing Mortality: Yale University Art Gallery's master drawings finally come home."

The New York Times has an article on New Haven photographer Benjamin Donaldson's work on Leete's Island: It's Not Just a Photography Project. It's His Past. Jerry Guo, 3/9/08

Donaldson is a recipient of a fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. (See their press release for a list of the other recipients.) Voices had an article on this on March 5. The 2008 fellowships were awarded "to 36 visual artists to support their continuing artistic development and enable them to devote substantial time to the creation of new work."


Lyman Allyn Museum Will Present 'Fifty Years Of Collecting' Antiques and the Arts 3/4/08

Such Desolate Beauty: Artworks Created In Wartime Internment Camps On Display At UConn's Benton. Jesse Leavenworth, 5/5/08 Hartford Courant

Art Of And By Women: CCSU Exhibit Brings Together Work Of Influential Feminist Artists. Hartford Courant Matt Eagan, 3/10/08


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