ARTS REVIEW | Scott Lloyd Anderson explores the mundane in “Paradise Paved” at the Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery

I recently saw Scott Lloyd Anderson’s exhibit entitled Paradise Paved at the Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery in Minneapolis. Scott Lloyd Anderson has been painting full time since 2001. Before that, he spent 22 years as a magazine designer. Mr. Anderson prefers to spend the bulk of his creative time outdoors, painting “en plein air.” He often tries to complete his smaller paintings in a few hours, before the light has drastically changed on his scene. In Paradise Paved, the soft focus and rich color found in many of Anderson’s works here relate back to what the Impressionists invented in a general sense. Continue Reading

ARTS REVIEW | Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art graces the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

I recently attended the exhibit Matisse—Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art showing now at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Most of the collection originally belonged to the Cone Sisters of Baltimore. These unique ladies were truly on the cutting edge of art appreciation. The sisters were friends of the Stein family, which included the historically important author Gertrude Stein. = Gertrude Stein was an important friend and mentor to many artists, including Picasso. It is staggering to consider Stein’s contribution to early feminism. Continue Reading

REVIEW | The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

I recently attended the Minneapolis Institute of Arts feature exhibition: “The Audacious Eye —Japanese Art from the Clark Collections.” The Twin Cities offer a wealth of arts opportunities in every genre, so exhibitions like this sometimes get overlooked. Many people may not know that the MIA houses an enormous amount of Asian art. This particular exhibition was born out of a recent gift of 1,700 pieces of Japanese art. The MIA’s press release states that this gift will ensure “the museum’s status as one of the nation’s foremost centers of Asian art.” The Clarks were a couple of private art collectors from central California. They gave their entire collection, valued at $25 million, to the MIA.

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