The last shows of summer
Don't miss French posters and Michelle Grabner, and check Kat's art bulletin board for more.
Ok, fine. It’s September. Even if the thermometer says 80 degrees — honey, it’s done. Summer is over. Bye bye.
And with it go some nifty shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Inova/Kenilworth. Lest the waning leisure of summer and its art leave you empty, take heart — exciting exhibitions are on the horizon at both of these institutions. But before we focus on the near future, carpe diem. Do catch these two summer shows before they go.
Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, at MAM, is a charmer in no dainty way. These advertising images were meant to impress, to sell you the dream, whether it be a nightclub show, a bottle of liquor, or a bicycle. Whatever it may be, these artists very successfully negotiated that tricky leap over commercial sell-out and landed squarely on artistic achievement. Bravo, messieurs, and merci for papering the streets of Paris in such elegant, alluring fashion. Back in the day, people would snatch these posters straight from their advertising displays, and with good reason. Up through Sept. 9.