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Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Art

Re: “Danny Orendorff's last Charlotte Street show favors text over texture

I never comment on the internet, but this review has basically forced me to. This was hands down the best gallery show I've ever seen in Kansas City. I was on the verge of tears. The criticism that it required too much reading (and thinking?) strikes me as incredibly odd. This sentence in particular makes absolutely no sense to me: "But the overall effect is more archival than visceral — I couldn't help but feel that I was reading art instead of experiencing it." What does the contrast between "archival" and "visceral" mean? Has the author ever explored an archive before? and the contrast of reading art with experiencing it? Is reading not an "experience"? Very confusing and strange criticism. What is an art object other than it's history and the exact context in which we view it?

Compounded by the glowing review of the embarrassingly self-eggrandizing and tone-deaf Honig #selfie show, The Pitch has really been crapping it up lately with art reviews.

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Posted by Nein Bitte on 11/26/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Debra Smith's Shifting Territory takes the textiles artist to unfamiliar places

Maybe it's not important to be concerned with what others are doing and the attention they're getting. It seems as soon as artists become the darlings of the rich and famous, (for example Jeff Koons and Richter), their creativity becomes a barren desert. Creativity is precious. It's somewhat like a child. Sometimes it's strong, but sometimes its vulnerable and fragile. It has to be protected and even somewhat isolated from the expectations of what others expect to see from you. If one looks around, its obvious how quickly and easily it can evaporate and leave once creative people with nothing more than to talk about what they once did.
You seem to question yourself a lot, which is healthy. But if you ask yourself where you're going or when you'll get there, you're already there. You're an artist creating and building works of art. That's not to say you won't get better and find still more interesting possibilities to explore and develop. Martha Argerich burst upon the music world by performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. Technically it was perfect, but the next step is to turn it into music. Today she is in her 60's, very active, and has turned her playing into the production of music, art.
I look forward to seeing what you have been producing at the Haw.

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Posted by Mike on 09/25/2014 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Stanya Kahn visits the suburbs for Grand Arts' Don't Go Back to Sleep

The viewing area really immersed me into the domicile setting, so much so that I found myself looking around for a pool table to pass the time and feeling around the couch cushions for a remote so I could change the channel. "Don't Go Back to Sleep" is the artist's hopeful message to viewers who wake up after forty minutes and realize this boring freshman film project won't end for another half-hour.

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Posted by Arts Patron on 06/22/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “At Kemper at the Crossroads, there's no place like home

Another boring laundry list of descriptives masquerading as a review. It is toothless writing from someone with a deadeye and a critical faculty to match.

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Posted by City Boy on 06/19/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Anne Lindberg opens her final KC show before a move east

Damn. Another excellent, mature artist leaves town. What's up with that?

Posted by Jenna on 06/13/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Jeran Avery's drawings hurtle around you at City Ice Arts

Congrats JERAN!! Nice job!

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Posted by Kelly Hampshire Marlborough on 06/12/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Anne Lindberg opens her final KC show before a move east

I saw her work at the Secrist Gallery in Chicago. Interesting stuff.

Posted by wesuilks on 06/06/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

No one cares.

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Posted by Not News on 04/28/2014 at 5:36 PM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Google 'Pratt and Whitney double wasp' and choose the Wikipedia page. The aircraft with the double wasp engine are listed.
The C46 was built by Curtis Wright in St Louis and was the primary cargo plane that flew 'The Hump' and supported the China war effort against Japan.
The P47 was a work horse fighter in the war against Germany.
The P61 Black Widow was a radar-equipped night fighter used in the Pacific late in the war.
The various 'F' designated aircraft were Navy carrier-based aircraft such as the Hellcat and the Corsair.

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Posted by bill_a on 04/20/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

Please make a coffee table book! The photographs are worth saving in this way and then those of us who live outside of KC can enjoy them too. My father used to drive us by the Jewel Box late at night on a midnight ride to see the neon lights downtown. One of our favorite drives would be on the occasion when the Jewel Box door was open and we could see the performers on stage!

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Posted by Mary Willis on 04/16/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

1964 4 am in the morning I am a 13 year old boy throwing newspapers on 5th street in what is now called Columbus Park. At the building then called Al La Sala Hall (now Soda Work Lofts) I see a bunch of Police paddy wagons and they have broken up a fight of perhaps 50-75 men in dresses. They are walking them out of the hall and the men are carrying wigs as they are thrown into the pack of the paddy wagons by not amused police officers. Quite a scene and my guess is some of the pictures were shot there. Later I was a KC Probation officer and had people put on probation to me for being arrested for cross dressing.

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Posted by Dean Hughson on 04/16/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Tracy, thanks for such a great article. Your pieces are part of that history too…producing documents that one day will be glimpses into the past. We saw the show and its amazing! Both of our maternal grandfathers worked at the Pratt-Whitney facility during and after WW II. As you implied too there are many great industrial sites that are still going as well as the others that are gone. I think of seeing the hot steel roll out of the mills in Sheffield while on the bus or the old Northeast power station that used to sit just east of the Capri casino that I used to work at. The turbine room at the steam plant, 2nd and Grand, is incredible still. Garry Noland

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Posted by Garry on 04/09/2014 at 7:04 AM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Wow! Beautifully written Ms. Abeln. Thanks for this review. - Mo Dickens, Gallery Assistant, Belger Arts Center

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Posted by Bothsides on 04/08/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Jun Kaneko's art is big yet rich with tiny detail

Ran into Sherry Leedy Gallery today to see this show. It was heaven, and enjoyed some really fantastic input and tidbits from Dean in the gallery about Kaneko's work and processes. Very glad for the article, thank you.

Posted by Rane Bo Nutsch Cross on 01/11/2014 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Jim Sajovic raises a blush at the Todd Weiner Gallery

great read

Posted by the final word on 12/04/2013 at 9:03 PM

Re: “With Mount, Haw Contemporary opens big — and small

Thank you Liz Cook for taking the time to review Mount. Rarely do I get to read something written with such critical and heartfelt consideration. The fact that this is a review of one of my projects makes me proud to know such fantastic artists and be able to bring them together under one roof.
Sincerely,
Peregrine Honig

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Posted by Peregrine Honig on 10/09/2013 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Asheer Akram collaborates to put his heritage on moving display

From a 2nd grade Cub Scout with my son, Andrew Hergert also an Artist, your Den Mother and Den Father our VERY PROUD OF YOU! LUV U! Kaye

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Posted by Sandra Kaye on 08/29/2013 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Asheer Akram collaborates to put his heritage on moving display

I am so proud of everyone involved!I will have to say its been rough the past 3 Weeks not having my husband home with three kids, but after seeing this completed tomorrow night it will all be worth it.Blood sweat and tears put into lots of timeand money and donations I am truly in awe of how quickly everyone came together to whip this thing into shape this last month The detail alone in each price is just awesome! Something you can only see up close!.Its wonderful! But MAN will I be glad when its done! I want my husband back! lol Kevin Fain you have exceeded all of my expectations of your talents, you truly are an amazingly talented genius of a man! I love you!

Posted by Dani Wallace on 08/28/2013 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Asheer Akram collaborates to put his heritage on moving display

This is such a cool project!

Posted by amjam on 08/28/2013 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Asheer Akram collaborates to put his heritage on moving display

Excellent article!

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Posted by Blair Schulman on 08/28/2013 at 2:30 PM

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