This past weekend, the husband and I braved the humid weather to visit the annual Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This year, 180 artists from around the world displayed their works, from paintings and ceramic wares, to fiber and jewelry, amongst them a couple of familiar favorites, Cali Hobgood and Nick Wroblewski, as well as at least one new fave, Sarah Giannobile.
Giannobile’s gem-like forms are woven into delicate webs, each work a dream-like expression of the artist’s subconscious, explorations of childhood memories of farm-life in Missouri.
Henri Matisse was one of the crucial artistic figures of the twentieth century, known for his expressive use of color and range of works in a variety of medium, from paintings and sculpture, to paper cut-out collage. Matisse’s dynamic works make for welcome inspiration—and a reminder not to shy away from allowing a bit of vibrant color, or perhaps some bold pattern, into our own surroundings.
Talisman Kilim / Livia Linen Settee / Indigo Check Tablecloth / Framed Flying Bird / Libations Bar Cart / Switchgrass Square Pillow / Emerald Vase / Natural World Dessert Plate / High Neck Vase / Filigree Hurricane, Large / Filigree Hurricane, Small
I’m fairly certain that The Phillips Collection is incapable of disappointing (if I could pick any collection in the world to have as my own, the Phillips would certainly be it). Their latest exhibit, Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, certainly upholds this standard, presenting “the most comprehensive survey in the United States to date of works by Scandinavia’s most highly acclaimed living artist, Per Kirkeby (Danish, b. 1938)” (The Phillips Collection). A visionary painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer and filmmaker, Kirkeby’s expressive works fuse science and the visual arts, his Master’s education in geology a pronounced influence on the artist’s striated yet fluid compositions. Personally I cannot get enough of Kirkeby’s Matisse-like palette, and Klee-esque forms.
For The Phillips Collection audio tour of the exhibit, visit The Phillips Collection website.