Visual Arts

11 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

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"Narrow Road to the Interior" Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art September 21 through January 12, 2014

This exhibition of contemporary Japanese artists will be the perfect de-stressor as the holiday season approaches. The show takes cues from its namesake, a Buddhist text of linked verse. According the the exhibition's website, "The subtlety and frankness of the art epitomize the precision and rhythm of haiku while the exhibition's meditative nature reflects the ritual and ceremony that has persisted over centuries at the heart of Japanese culture." There are more than 100 pieces in the show, including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and installations. The seven participating artists are Noriko Ambe, Hiroshi Senju, Yoshiko Shimano, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Masao Yamamoto, Motoi Yamamoto, and Asami Yoshiga.

"Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft" ASU Art Museum Now through December 7

This show has been a long time coming. A little over a year ago, ASU Art Museum was awarded a grant to help further a more in-depth examination of contemporary craft. The resulting exhibition is definitely worth a look, but we're even more excited about some of the accompanying events. On Saturday, September 28, the museum will host "FlashBackForward" a symposium on the state of contemporary craft. Also be sure to keep an eye on Combine Studios during the month of November for related programming.

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Katrina Montgomery