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The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art held the opening for its final program of 2014 on Friday, September 12th. All three galleries feature a new collection of works, with the main gallery dominated by the painted works of Herbert Gentry supplemented by works of his contemporaries, including Romare Bearden and Ed Clark. Gentry combines a […]

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It is daunting to even consider summing up the MOCAD’s stunning “People’s Biennial 2014,” which opened on Friday, September 12th and will run through January 5th of next year. Before anything else is said, a huge tip of the hat is due to curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffman, and the entire crew of the […]

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In anticipation of an action-packed weekend, here’s a few not-to-be-missed opportunities to engage with some of Detroit’s most exciting art venues. First, you can whet your desire for opening night excitement at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts (a Knight Arts grantee), where three new shows are being celebrated from 6-9 p.m. Herbert Gentry and his […]

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Weekend wrap-up: fall arts-a-go-go!

Published on September 9, 2014 by in Detroit

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With Labor Day out of the way early this September, the fall lineup has come in with a roar, during a weekend full of classic Detroit revelries and new classics in the making. The unsinkable Dally in the Alley survived its 37th year, notwithstanding a transformer fire that cut the late-night portion shorter than usual […]

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Artist Profile: Micheal E. Burdick

Published on September 5, 2014 by in Detroit

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Rosie Sharp: Can you give me some bio info and background on your development as an artist? Are you self-trained, or did you study somewhere? Were you always a painter, or have you worked in other kinds of media? Michael Burdick: Drawing was always an outlet of escapism for me growing-up and I was fortunate […]

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Artist Profile: Susannah Goodman

Published on September 2, 2014 by in Detroit

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Rosie Sharp: What brought you to ceramics initially? Has that changed over time? Susannah Goodman: I have a distinct childhood memory of digging for worms in a friend’s yard. I remember pausing, analyzing the feeling of the not-quite-dirt as it squished between my fingers. It was a mysterious joy.  Being dirty is something I always […]

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The much-anticipated artspace, 9338 Campau, opened on Friday, August 22nd with a stunning survey of work by painter and sculptor Saffell Gardner, which drew from a body of work 40+ years in the making. The space, managed by curator Steve Panton, follows his dedicated efforts at 2739 Edwin, a mainstay of the Hamtramck art scene. […]

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Curator profile: art hero Andrew Thompson

Published on August 26, 2014 by in Detroit

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I recently met up with artist Andrew Thompson (a.k.a. Andy T) during a visit to Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, where he was in the process of hanging and lighting “Break With Tradition,” a show curated by Thompson and featuring an array of local artists. Besides this practical demonstration of Thompson’s chops […]

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On Wednesday, August 20th at 8 p.m., the Jam Handy building hosted a screening of “Sign Painters,” a documentary that highlights the colorful personalities and craftsmanship behind the once-massive and now cultish profession of hand-lettering and sign painting. The film was revelatory on many levels, and especially relevant for a Detroit audience, in a town […]

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On Saturday, August 30th, Ocelot Print Shop will paste up a poster in support of climate change awareness, part of a nationwide campaign to spread the message about the People’s Climate March, which will take place in New York City on September 21st, 2014. The grassroots promotional effort was initiated by 350 and Just Seeds, […]

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