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2000 Stories by Kathleen Vanesian

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  • Gasp From the Past

    published November 23, 2000

    If "No Absolutes" -- ASU Art Museum's group exhibition showcasing artists working today in the Southwest -- is any indication of what is truly... More >>

  • Loss Leader

    published November 2, 2000

    Rotting bodies, leering skulls, flickering candles, droopy roses -- not one of these creaky, well-worn symbols for death and the passage of time... More >>

  • New Paper Views

    published October 19, 2000

    If I am ever forced at samurai swordpoint to come up with solid truisms about art at the beginning of the second millennium, I would have to say... More >>

  • No Big Bang, A Big Gong

    published September 21, 2000

    In astrophysics parlance, the term "chaos theory" refers to the hypothesis that even a simple system can manifest unpredictable and highly... More >>

  • Beijing Beauties

    published August 10, 2000

    How did a nice, quiet girl from a small town in upstate New York find herself learning to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese, traipsing all over China... More >>

  • Some Assembly Required

    published July 20, 2000

    The exhibition catalogue accompanying Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's latest offering, "do it," makes no bones about it. The show's title,... More >>

  • Teach His Own

    published June 29, 2000

    Ever send out an invitation to a big wingding and no one RSVP'd? That's basically what happened to Mesa Arts Center's Galeria Mesa when it sent... More >>

  • Grave Undertaking

    published June 15, 2000

    Argentine artist Claudia Bernardi remembers a tiny tee shirt unearthed from the exhumation site she was working at in El Salvador in 1992 -- a... More >>

  • Watery Awakening

    published June 15, 2000

    Don't expect to see the luminous resin shrines and mysterious opalescent spheres for which Valley artist Mayme Kratz previously has been known... More >>

  • Sake to Me

    published May 25, 2000

    Most of the people who showed up at a recent sake tasting hosted by the Japan America Society of Phoenix knew what many Americans apparently... More >>

  • Sea Worthy

    published May 11, 2000

    Move over, Awesome Blossom. There's a new vegetable on the marketing block that's threatening to steal diehard fans of French-fried onion and... More >>

  • Burn, Baby, Burn

    published May 4, 2000

    I'm still at a loss as to why Mexico's Cinco de Mayo is such a big deal in the U.S. when it's not a big deal in Mexico. Most people I've polled... More >>

  • Arts and Inhumanities

    published April 27, 2000

    As I swing open the heavy, carved wooden door to the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise, the odd juxtaposition of the serene paintings of... More >>

  • Growing My Way

    published April 27, 2000

    "We want to be the Harry and David of certified organic produce. That's our aspiration," says Gina Verdugo, co-owner with Dan Wygocki of Boxed... More >>

  • Loop Sided

    published April 20, 2000

    Phoenix video artist Sloane McFarland is the first to admit that he's not quite sure exactly what "PHACAEANS," his laptop video installation at... More >>

  • Readers Digest

    published April 20, 2000

    The Mad Hatter must have organized the menu and set the table for the First International Edible Book High Tea. The "tea" -- and I use the... More >>

  • Casing the Joint

    published April 13, 2000

    Back in 1958, when most high school guys were dreaming about cruising Camelback in a cool, two-tone Chevy, Gary Schiller was probably thinking... More >>

  • Martini Bopper

    published April 6, 2000

    Never has one cocktail inspired so many people to produce so many memorably bad quotes (not to mention urban myths). I'm talking about the... More >>

  • Sansei Sensibility

    published March 30, 2000

    Artist Roger Shimomura's earliest childhood memories are etched into his psyche. He is 3 years old and living in a U.S. government internment camp... More >>

  • Carib Notes

    published March 30, 2000

    Pulsating salsa tunes blare from a boom box as you walk into K-Rico Cafe & Bakery. The small eatery is plopped at the end of a funky strip mall at... More >>

  • "Sites" Seeing

    published March 16, 2000

    "Any time you introduce a large body of water into an art museum, it's a little hair-raising," Heather Lineberry, senior curator at ASU Art... More >>

  • Forest Gumption

    published March 2, 2000

    When fine woodworker Steve Makin became sufficiently frustrated by the lack of gallery and museum exhibition opportunities available to Arizona... More >>

  • The Exercist

    published February 10, 2000

    It is not your typical art opening. There are no paintings on the wall, no spotlighted sculptures on pedestals. The usual clusters of murmuring,... More >>

  • Grand Funk

    published February 3, 2000

    One quick look at the huge mixed-media paintings of artist William T. Wiley -- now on display in "Recent and Relevant" at Scottsdale's Riva... More >>

  • Spade & Neutered

    published January 13, 2000

    Little Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben -- all that's missing from this classic cast of racist stereotypes is a lawn jockey at the front door... More >>

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