Visual Arts


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Lawrence Arts Center exhibition provides insight into career of KU professor, modernist painter Albert Bloch

The majority of the pieces in “Albert Bloch: Themes and Variations. Paintings and Watercolors from the Albert Bloch Foundation,” which opened late last month and will remain at the Arts Center until early January, had never been displayed publicly before. Most of the watercolors, Ben Ahlvers notes, had never left Bloch’s studio. Not even in the 50 years following his death. By Joanna Hlavacek

Behind the Lens: Over the moon

My wife doesn’t accompany me on many Journal-World photo assignments. But the moon has been a close friend of hers since she was young, so she joined me to chase the harvest moon and eclipse Sept. 27.

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'Freak Power' exhibit details Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 run for sheriff

Lawrence native and Aspen art collector Daniel Joseph Watkins' “Freak Power” exhibit, featuring political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colo., opened Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center. By Joanna Hlavacek

Lawrence musician brings film noir festival back to KC

When The Latenight Callers were formed in 2008, Lawrence drummer/keyboardist Nick Combs didn’t know that much about film noir. The band calls its style “noir-a-go-go,” ...

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'Mass' effect: How a KU graduate wrote a gangster film starring Johnny Depp

Kansas University graduate Mark Mallouk is having quite a week. On Friday, “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — the movie he wrote — opened in over 3,500 theaters nationwide.

KU Visiting artists to showcase indigenous arts in public talk, performance

A trio of renowned indigenous artists will visit Kansas University this month to share the visual arts and performing arts of the Haida, an indigenous people of North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast.

Print Week returns with print fair, exhibits and more

Lawrence's second biennial Print Week returns this week, bringing with it a stacked schedule of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, studio tours and a highly anticipated print fair that’s expected to draw 20 vendors from around the region and nation.

Otto Dix painting chosen as 2015-2016 KU Common Work of Art

Otto Dix's experience as a soldier — which he chronicled throughout World War I in his diary and sketchbook — became the basis for much of his artwork, including a 1914 self-portrait chosen as the 2015-2016 Common Work of Art at Kansas University. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Lawrence artist captures father, childhood home in ongoing portrait series

You can’t go home again. That’s what they say, anyway. But it’s not exactly what Michael McCaffrey found upon his return to Lawrence last year, when spurred by the death of his mother in 2012, the thirty-something artist decided to leave Minneapolis to move back in with his elderly father. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Artists-in-residence bring 'thoughtful, poetic' approach to work

The Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence moved into their studios earlier this month, and will soon begin teaching classes, taking part in community-outreach projects and creating new work in Lawrence.

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Film by KU graduate explores lasting effects of sexual assault

Benjamin Waller drew from personal experiences to write, direct, produce and edit “The Hardest Thing to Earn,” which examines the very real consequences of sexual assault in a small-town, collegiate setting.

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Lawrence community photo studio brings art form back to the masses

As a kid, Jay Keim would spend many an hour tinkering around his family’s at-home darkroom. It’s where his father, an avid hobby photographer, taught him the basics of developing images on film. It’s also where Keim, now 60 and operating his own photo studio, first fell in love with photography.

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Short documentary celebrates KU basketball history; official release date set for November

A four-minute video celebrating Lawrence as “the cradle of basketball” has racked up tens of thousands of views since its Monday debut on Facebook.

East Ninth Project announces commissioned artists

The City of Lawrence has announced the names of eight artists commissioned for work on the East Ninth Project.

Behind the Lens: Engagement helps animate photo subjects

From my years of experience as a photographer, I’ve learned that a person’s facial expression or body language can result in a photograph that either simply documents objective visual evidence of the person, or instead may capture a more expressive moment, transforming the scene into a memorable record of a life experience.

Artistic takes on controversial books sought for library trading cards

The Lawrence Public Library is once again asking local artists to submit their takes on controversial literature for its annual Banned Book Trading Card series.

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Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

The KU professor and filmmaker dishes on his controversial new project with Spike Lee, his favorite movies and one thing every budding screenwriter should know. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration. By Eric Melin

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Painter, Lawrence artist-in-residence explores Darwinism, happiness in new exhibition

Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance from Charles Darwin — yes, that Charles Darwin — by way of an 11-year-old boy to change one’s outlook when things get rough.

Theater group seeks retro artwork for upcoming play, exhibition at Percolator

Orange Mouse Theatricals is seeking mid-century-inspired artwork and handmade merchandise to be incorporated into its upcoming production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as well as an accompanying exhibition.

Behind the Lens: Avoiding the media fashion police in South Korea

My photography checklist for traveling to South Korea included two camera bodies, three lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an Eyefi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were pastel-colored clothes. What?