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Lou Harry's A&E

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Preview: Chakaia Booker in Indy

IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog for a moment with some info on the upcoming Chakaia Booker public art exhibition. New York-based artist Chakaia Booker’s nine new sculptures will be taking over downtown...
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First look: IMA park art

IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog today with a sneak peek at some of the work planned for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's backyard. Today, the IMA is releasing preliminary renderings for three of the eight inaugural artworks slated...
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Arts and depression

Two books I’m in the midst of reading combine to raise questions about the future of art and audiences. The first, “Against Happiness,” posits that our society’s increased emphasis on smoothing over the rough edges of life (through pharmaceuticals and...
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Let the art fair season begin

This weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer art fair season, with the Broad Ripple Art Fair sure to attract mobs to the Indianapolis Art Center grounds (weather cooperating, of course).  I'm a fan of BRAF and its end-of-summer-IMA-bookend,...
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Art auction record shattered

Last night at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, a 1976 angst-infused triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $86.3 million. Apparently that’s the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of contemporary art. My instinct was to ask...
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Robert Rauschenberg R.I.P.

Few artists in history have changed the rules the way Robert Rauschenberg, who died Monday at age 82, did. By incorporating found objects (a pillow, a stuffed goat…) into his paintings, Rauschenberg challenged contemporary art and artists to connect their work...
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Enochs' blocks added to Saxony

This Thursday, the folks behind Saxony, the latest let’s-make-a-town-from-scratch in Hamilton County, will be dedicating a new sculpture by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs. The piece will be a prominent part of the 725-acre housing/office/retail community.
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Reading into "On The Road"

In June, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be showcasing the 120-foot-long scroll on which Jack Kerouac wrote his landmark work "On the Road." My question: Is the scroll itself art or artifact? The scroll
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An IMA bridge too far?

IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson has a scoop on developments at the in-the-works IMA  Art and Nature Park. I temporarily turn the blog over to her: The proposed 1,200-foot walkway and bridge by artist Mary Miss slated to swoop down from IMA’s...
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Artwork in front/drop box in back

Yesterday I had my first encounter with the new Central Library’s conveyor-belted drive-up drop-off box. And in its own small way, it made me like the library even more — especially when I received a courtesy call saying that we...
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