Jay Gabler

Kelly O’Brien

Soo Visual Arts Center

June 2015

While Kelly O’Brien aims to achieve a frisson by integrating oil portraits of cats with minimalist sculpture in her show “Kulture High,” the exhibition’s real pleasure comes less from that unexpected pairing than from O’Brien’s … READ ON


Louise Erdrich

Bockley Gallery

April 2015

This exhibition, titled “Asynchronous Reading,” provides a fascinating view of an established writer extending her practice by way of a multimedia installation. The show is a collaboration between Louise Erdrich, her sister Heid E. Erdrich,… READ ON


Julie Buffalohead

Minnesota Museum of American Art

January 2015

Each painting or drawing by Julie Buffalohead could be an illustration from a storybook, one that might read as a wry parable about the intersection of American Indian and European cultures. Buffalohead’s first major museum exhibition offers… READ ON


Mitchell Syrop

Midway Contemporary Art

October 2014

Juxtapositions are at the heart of Mitchell Syrop’s practice, and this exhibition accordingly presents two distinct yet interrelated bodies of work that could serve as a compact introduction to this veteran Conceptual artist. Two floor-to-ceiling… READ ON


Scott Nedrelow

David Petersen Gallery

March 2014

Upon first entering the gallery, one might be quick to assume that the exhibition hasn’t been installed yet. Minneapolis-based Scott Nedrelow’s large paintings consist of such subtle blurs of color against white photo paper that they … READ ON


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The Soap Factory

October 2013

The Soap Factory’s Minnesota biennials function less as sweeping state-of-the-arts surveys than as excuses to highlight work in a range of contemporary practices by artists from across the state. The third biennial—curated by John Marks… READ ON


“Painter Painter”

Walker Art Center

March 2013

Modesty is not a word commonly associated with the history of abstraction, but in this exhibition, curators Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan have gathered work by a group of up-and-coming artists—nearly all born in the 1970s—who largely… READ ON


Andy DuCett

The Soap Factory

September 2012

Though Andy DuCett considers “Why we do this” to be an expansion of his established drawing practice, the actual effect of the immersive installation here is more akin to that of a film than a drawing. Visitors walking through the sprawling… READ ON


“The Sports Show”

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

April 2012

The straightforward title chosen for this predominantly photographic survey of the sporting life reflects David Little’s appealingly balanced curation. Those attending the exhibition for the sport rather than for the art will be amply … READ ON


“Three Artists: Guo Gai, Meng Tang, Slinko”

September 2011

Installed beautifully by curator Thomas Rose in the Soap Factory’s appropriately rough shell of a space, this survey of work by two artists from China (Guo Gai and Meng Tang) and one from Ukraine (Slinko) casts a chilly gaze on the tarnished… READ ON