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7 Spring Art Shows You Need to See

Rachel Bess, Adventure Taking a Turn, 2013. Oil on panel, 12" x 16".
Rachel Bess, Adventure Taking a Turn, 2013. Oil on panel, 12" x 16". Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery

Political figures are paired with iconic storybook characters. Disco-style orbs hang low to the floor. Photographs are printed on silk, birch, and denim. Those are just a few of the things you'll see in this season's best art exhibitions.

Here's a look at seven must-see shows happening this spring in metro Phoenix.

click to enlarge See work by Jeannie Hutchins (left) and Amanda Tinker at Art Intersection. - ART INTERSECTION
See work by Jeannie Hutchins (left) and Amanda Tinker at Art Intersection.
Art Intersection
“Light Sensitive”
Art Intersection
Through April 21


Explore photographic work by national and international artists. These pieces were created using both traditional darkroom techniques and alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype, gelatin silver, and tintype. It’s a great way to learn more about the history of photography — and how it influences contemporary work.


click to enlarge Claudio Dicochea, de la Agente Federal y el Rojo, la Emperatriz (of Federal Agent and Red, the Empress), 2010. Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, transfer, wood, 2 panels: 48 x 36 inches. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND LISA SETTE GALLERY
Claudio Dicochea, de la Agente Federal y el Rojo, la Emperatriz (of Federal Agent and Red, the Empress), 2010. Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, transfer, wood, 2 panels: 48 x 36 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery
“southwestNET: Acid Baroque”
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Through May 20

See how Claudio Dicochea, a Mexican-American artist represented by Lisa Sette Gallery, addresses issues of race, gender, and class. Through his paintings, Dicochea questions historical narratives, pop culture icons, and the reappropriation of culture.

click to enlarge Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 2014. Seven hand-painted ceramic light fixtures, dimensions variable. - COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CERÁMICA SURO
Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 2014. Seven hand-painted ceramic light fixtures, dimensions variable.
Courtesy the artist and Cerámica Suro
“Saber Acomodar”
ASU Art Museum
Through June 30


See how 25 artists hailing primarily from Guadalajara, Mexico, blend traditional arts-and-crafts techniques with contemporary ideas. This exhibiiton is guest curated by Patrick Charpenel, director for El Museo del Barrio in New York City.

click to enlarge Finale, 2013. Antique table, 151 antique glasses, 5 pitchers, 3 decanters, liquor and mirror. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami. - ORIOL TARRIDAS
Finale, 2013. Antique table, 151 antique glasses, 5 pitchers, 3 decanters, liquor and mirror. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami.
Oriol Tarridas
“Any Moment Now”
Phoenix Art Museum
Through July 15


Explore the ways Brazilian artist Valeska Soares transforms common objects into revelatory works of art that explore time, memory, and transitory existence. Through simple, elegant installations, Soares prompts reflection on the relationship between the mundane and the monumental.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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