Thursday, August 22, 2013

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition - 2013



   The Minnesota State Fair is upon us, and with it is its Fine Arts Show. A juried competition, it draws thousands of entrants in 8 categories and is seen by over a quarter of a million people, making it arguably Minnesota's biggest art exhibit of the year. Last night's preview saw a couple of hundred sweaty artists and friends basking in the heat and humidity (and the glory!) After a couple of down years the show has been rejuvenated: the painting (which is usually pretty bad) was very good overall, as were watercolors and printmaking. Sculpture had its strongest showing in memory, and a great showing of photography made the show a celebration rather than an obligation. Some memorable scenes:


Traditional media: Collage, printmaking, drawing and even a palladium print…




Marissa J. Murdy beams next to her exquisite cyanotype…




Mark Allan Peterson's mindboggling collage…



Amusing and inventive sculpture…




It can be hard to tell where the art ends and reality begins…




And there was even a picture by yours truly…


Late Shift at Faktorý, Reykjavík, 2012


By Professor Batty



4 Comments:

Blogger Jono said...

This retirement thing is bringing out some good stuff from you. As it is State Fair, is anyone doing deep fried art on a stick?


Blogger Professor Batty said...

No, but there is a foot long hotdog stand right outside the exhibit hall!


Anonymous Nicole said...

I couldn't agree more: The exhibit was one of the best I have seen there in numerous years!! I have been telling everyone to go and check it out...


Anonymous Andy said...

Always a great exhibition at the Great Exposition... you're becoming a regular on our art tour!

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