Review: Kevin Brisco and Kristina Knipe at Good Children

(For) What Is(s) Worth and Talisman run through Aug. 6
It has been said that New Orleans' collective soul is creative to the core and that it uses time like a tone, or patina, that dissolves the boundaries between dark and light, present and past. This mysterious quality sometimes is seen in altar-like arrangements of curious mementos on mantels in Marigny and Bywater, and while some newcomers may not get it, Pennsylvania-born photographer Kristina E. Knipe expresses it eloquently in large, dreamy photographs of her colorful friends in their native habitat.

Review: black artists at Stella Jones in HERstory, plus paintings by Keith Duncan

Genre paintings at a group expo of art stars and at CANO Creative Space
in the 21st century we have quick access to information, but many of us have less and less time to make sense of it all. There also is less time for the ordinary rituals that traditionally held lives and families together.

Review: Pride of Place and the art of art collecting

Arthur Roger's personal collection runs at NOMA through Sept. 23
When Arthur Roger launched his gallery in 1978, there were only a handful of others focused on new art. The scene has expanded greatly since then, but Roger has more than kept abreast of the ever-changing art world through the years, as we see in this sprawling new exhibition of works from his personal collection, which he donated recently to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Review: Kaori Maeyama’s urban landscapes

A show at Staple Goods explores local night scenes
Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive.

Review: William Eggleston and more photography at the Ogden

A collection of color photographs from Southern artists runs through Oct. 26
Though better known for producing writers than visual artists, the state of Mississippi indirectly enabled color photography's acceptance as an art form through native son William Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo show at New York's Museum of Modern Art — a show that set the tone for much subsequent color photography, as we see in these two adjacent exhibitions.   Troubled Waters is a selection of mostly low-key Eggleston works from the William Greiner collection.

Review: Marfa Intrigue at Octavia Art Gallery

The group exhibit runs through July 29
In 1979, the great minimalist sculptor Donald Judd bought a derelict army base near Marfa, Texas, so he would have space for his work. After his death, Marfa became an unlikely art community despite its remote desert location.

Review: Sybylle Peretti at Callan Contemporary

The artist showcases dreamlike, luminous works in It Was Such a Beautiful Promise
In ancient China, they were thought to protect the wearer from dragons, but in Victorian England they were worn by mourning widows as symbols of tears. Pearls can be calming, but their allure can make covetous people crazy.

Review: Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures at the CAC

Imaginative sculptures with pantyhose, through June 18
Senga Nengudi is having a moment. The 73-year-old veteran of the edgy 1960s New York performance-art scene has become better known for her weirdly imaginative sculpture, works that art critics often associate with deeply conceptual feminist and multicultural theories.

Review: The Artist’s Muse and Monstrous Diabolics

Weird America in works by Jim Sohr, Sean Starwars and others
One of the more enduring art world myths is that right-wing presidents provoke a backlash of creative bohemianism. Dubious at best, it is doubly dicey if the president is stranger than Salvador Dali and more nihilistic than the Dadaists.

Review: Another Show and A State of Natural Abstraction

An inspired group show at Boyd | Satellite and Shawn Hall's techno-baroque paintings at Cole Pratt
The title could have said it all. Gallery group expos can showcase several artists at once, but most become just "another show," and they stand out as much as people in an elevator.

Review: Beyond the Canvas at Newcomb Art Museum

Contemporary Puerto Rican art runs through July 9
Despite its huge influence on popular music, the Caribbean can seem removed from the mainstream art world. A few Cuban and Haitian artists have been very influential, but most Caribbean communities are relatively small and distant from culture capitals.

Review: Regina Scully's Japanese Landscape — Inner Journeys

The parallels between Scully's paintings and Japanese art on view at New Orleans Museum of Art
Where does art originate? Art schools teach techniques, theories, trends and history, but most of the artworks that survive the test of time have something mysterious or ineffable about them that can't be taught in school.


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