ART: ‘En el Espiritu de Frida’ at Swanson Contemporary

Madonna wanted to portray her. Jennifer Lopez too. Salma Hayek won that battle and received an Academy Award nomination. All for the admiration of Frida Kahlo, an artist as famous as her unibrow. As with many artists who get reduced to one or two identifying factors – ear/Vincent van Gogh, white wig/Andy Warhol, short/Henri Toulouse-Lautrec … Continued

ART: The gift of art: holiday exhibitions and sales

We’re in that long holiday stretch that shows up at the end of every year. Hopefully you’ve been a good girl or boy so you can get the art gift that’s on your wish list. If you haven’t found the pottery, painting or pin you want to give or receive, don’t worry; there are a … Continued

ART: Dia de los Muertos on display

If you’re a person who thinks Halloween should be a federal holiday, don’t despair now that it’s over, especially if you have a skeleton or Frida Kahlo costume. Louisville is celebrating the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) during the Nov. 7 First Friday Trolley Hop, with the galleries along Fourth Street hosting … Continued

CULTURE: Dia de los Muertos altars to be placed along South Fourth Street

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration and the colorful folk art surrounding the ancient Mexican holiday have become increasingly popular in the States and throughout the world. Mexicans honor and remember their deceased family members and ancestors with beautiful altars (ofrendas) bursting with colorful sugar skulls, flowers, food, alcohol, photographs, papier-mache … Continued

ART: ‘Abstract in Kentucky’

Abstract art’s nickname is “I don’t get it.” This possible disconnect between art and viewer can keep it at arm’s length. It doesn’t have to be that way. Perhaps the over 20 contemporary artists in “Abstract in Kentucky” will help fix the problem. It’s the lack of a recognizable subject that’s the issue. Abstraction varies … Continued

‘Ritual & Residue: The Art of Drink’

On my way to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to see “Ritual & Residue: The Art of Drink,” I heard “Raise Your Glass” by Pink on the radio. How fitting and perfectly timed — a rowdy song about the joys of communal drinking. It continued playing in my head, becoming the exhibition’s soundtrack … Continued

ART: ‘Preaching to the Converted’ by Bill Pusztai

I am not a Roman Catholic but I have friends who are. Through them, I’ve been exposed to bathtub Marys, framed colorized reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and rosary beads made from a variety of materials. Being an outsider let me see the rituals from a historical, not faith-based, point of view.  Bill … Continued

Some of our favorite artist…

This qualifies as one of the longest exhibition titles ever: “Some of our favorites artists who are current & former gallery/studio directors who are producing absolutely FABULOUS art!” Billy Hertz of Galerie Hertz lets us know right up front that we will see quality art by people who work in the biz. It’s akin to … Continued