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VISUAL ART


Other Art Events | by Andrea Filter


More with Less Muskegon Museum of Art Feb. 3- April 3 Adults $5, Children 17 & under, students, members: FREE muskegonartmuseum.org, (231)720-2570


In this unique exhibition, West Michigan artists transform found and reclaimed objects into at- tractive works of art. See how the term “Upcycle” (to reuse an object of low value to produce something that has a higher value, either materially or aesthetically) is incorporated in today’s trend of going green in art.


by Dawoud Bey Grand Rapids Art Museum Through March 20 Members free, Adults: $8, Seniors/Students (w/ ID): $7, Youth (6-17):$5 artmuseumgr.org, (616 )831-1000


The photos of internationally recognized Chicago- based artist Dawoud Bey, which are known for their community focus and collaborative character, are making their way to Grand Rapids for the winter. The Grand Rapids Art Museum will be showcasing 40 larger-than-life photographs of high school students from across the country with various economic, social, and cultural char- acteristics. Each photograph is accompanied by a one-page self-descriptive paper written by the subject themselves, offering a glimpse into the diverse lives of each individual. Come be a part of Bey’s innovative unusual display of American adolescence in the early 21st Century. Exhibition viewing is included in museum admission.


Jim Dine: Sculpture Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids


Through May 8 Adults 14-64: $12, Seniors 65 & older: $9, Students with ID: $9, Children 5-13: $6, Children 3-4: $4, Children 2 & younger: Free meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580


In 1962, Ohio native Jim Dine’s work was used in collaboration with various famous artists, includ- ing Andy Warhol, in the cutting-edge exhibition New Painting of Common Object, which is known for being one of the initial “Pop Art” displays in America. Come explore this one-of-a-kind showcase that follows Dine’s sculptures from beginning to end highlighting notorious and lesser recognized pieces alike. Watch as sculpture galleries, nearby terraces, and interior garden conservatories at Meijer Gardens transform into a sanctuary of Jim Dine’s retrospective creations.


Class Pictures: Photographs


including drawings, paintings (oils, tempera, and watercolor), prints, and a small handful of photographs by neighbor and Wyeth family friend, Peter Ralston, depicting the Wyeths themselves. On view are works by N.C. Wyeth


THE WYETHS: T


America’s Artists


HE KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS presents The Wyeths: America’s Artists, an exhibition that gives viewers the rare opportunity to see the work of three generations of the multi-talented Wyeth family. Now through April 17, ninety works will be on display


While many critics praise the family’s work, some debate over


several of the later Wyeths’ paintings, claiming they are too similar to illustrations. Wright does not agree. “I think that it’s interesting because the word illustration seems


THE WYETHS: AMERICA’S ARTISTS Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Through April 17 $8 general admission, $6 students with ID, $4 members, children 10 and under free kiarts.org, (269) 349-7775


(1882-1945), an illustrator and painter; Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), known by many as “America’s Painter”; Andrew’s sisters, Henriette Wyeth Hurd (1907- 1997) and Carolyn Wyeth (1909-1994); and Andrew’s son, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). Vicki Wright, KIA director of collec-


tions and exhibitions, gives her take on the popularity of the Wyeth family. “The Wyeths are one of the most


famous artistic families in the country,” Wright said. “One of the things that ap-


peals to people is that they were all realists. They were going against the grain by sticking to these tightly rendered and somber landscapes, and by painting people that they knew. They have international reputations, but all stayed close to home.” The majority of the Wyeths’ work centers on Chadds Ford, Penn.,


where N.C. Wyeth established the family’s home, and Cushing, Maine, the site of the Wyeths’ summer home. “I think the things that they have focused on – the landscapes and


the people – have an appeal no matter where you are,” Wright said of the artists. “The imagery is deceptively easy. In all of their cases there is a deeper meaning. The images often times represent people or emotions or things that are important to the artist in their past.”


JAMIE WYETH, Kleberg, 1984, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 42.5, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra


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to imply that it’s less than fine art,” she said. “But N.C. Wyeth made his living off illustrations. We will have some paintings that are 30x40 inches… they are very strong and sturdy and good pieces of art. As the illustrator, it’s interesting that he still chose to work on that scale. Even the ones that were truly intended to be illustrations stand on their own as truly great pieces of work.” The works in this exhibition are being borrowed from the


Farnsworth Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Terra Foundation for American Art, and three private lenders. n


ANDREW WYETH, Her Room, 1963, tempera on panel, 24 3-4 x 48”. Farnsworth Art Museum. Museum Purchase, 1964


Upcycling! Creating


by Kelli Kolakowski | kellik@revuewm.com


SCENE | SOUNDS |SIGHTS DIING | SCHEDULE


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