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This exciting exhibit combines artists’ books from the Kohler Art Library collection with art from current UW-Madison MFA students to explore the topic of civic engagement. As a midterm election […]

Commemorating the Madison Reunion and the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Kohler Art Library’s summer show focuses on the poignant moments that defined a decade. The turbulence of the 1960s […]

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  • Oliver the cat has some suggestions for #nationalcatday from the KAL
  • The turning of the season has us contemplating our studio spaces as we begin to retreat indoors. The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists is full of insightful essays by contemporary artists reflecting on the ways in which the spaces they inhabit inform their creative process. Alternatively, see what inspires UW MFA candidates at this year
  • Last night “Let’s Hear It for the Book Arts” charmed attendees with audio clips from book artists collected by @sarah.c.lange; @troyjreeves delighted with quips about the oral history program @uwmadarchives; and Lyn Korenic gave a loving overview of how the Kohler Art Library’s artists’ books collection began. Stay tuned for our show with @chazenartuw in 2019!
Image: Improvisations by Warrington Colescott, 1991 #uwmadlibraries #artistsbooks #uwmadfriends
  • Our recent Seed the Vote was so fun! Harnessing art in the service of civic engagement we made buttons, spoke for Lady Liberty, spread voter registration info, and looked at artists’ books. Now, on election night eve, we’re ready to ROCK (and/or VOTE). Thanks to @morgridgecenter and @Tracyhonn!
#uwmadlibraries #artistsbooks #vote #votefestweek #badgersvote
  • El Dia de Muertos or the Day of the Dead is often linked with the satirical engravings of José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). However, Posada died poor and unrecognized, whereas his contemporary, Julio Ruelas (1870-1907), was widely celebrated during their lifetimes. Ruelas was heavily influenced by the style of European Symbolist artists, such as James Ensor, which led him to study in Paris, where he died. His macabre, tragic representations of death were drawn with pen and ink and reproduced through
the photoengraving process. Contrast this effect with the direct engraving technique employed by Posada and Manuel Manilla (ca. 1830-1895) before him. Images sourced from Images of Death in Mexican Prints ++N8217 D5 L67 2008. #eldiademuertos #mexicanprints
#manuelmanilla #joséguadalupeposada #julioruelas #dayofthedead