The Arts

Opening on May 4 in the Norton Family Photography Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum will present To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, a rich and nuanced portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are now coming of age in a tumultuous social and political climate.

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Forgotten for centuries after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and then rediscovered over 250 years ago, POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION features nearly 200 artifacts, including frescoes, mosaics and precious items belonging to the residents of ancient Pompeii.

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Bentley Gallery is proud to present new work from Michael Marlowe. Marlowe’s paintings deconstruct the human body to create colorful, luxurious compositions that feel both abstract and familiar. Where a shape may initially appear innocently floral, a closer look reveals its anatomical references; bone, skin, tendons.

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The Arts

Phoenix Art Museum with Contemporary Forum, a support group of the Museum, present the second annual Contemporary Forum Art + Architecture Weekend. This event, to be held on April 13 through April 15, provides an exclusive insider look at some of the Valley’s finest custom homes and private art collections.

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The Arts

Artists Li Mingzhu, Bettina von Zwehl, Tami Bahat, Luis González Palma, Kahn/Selesnick, Liu Xiaofang, Yao Lu and Charlotte Potter are represented in this exhibition.

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The Arts

For many visitors, from newcomers to longtime museum-goers, contemporary art remains something of a mystery. Why does an everyday object, like a vintage book cover, become art when it’s placed in a museum? How do we connect with a minimalist painting or installation when its intent may be a mystery, its meaning obscured? These examples of highly conceptual art seem to exist in a completely different realm than Renaissance sculptures or the paintings of the Old Masters of European art, often leading to the inevitable question: Is it art at all?

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Since the beginning of painting, the figure has been used as a subject matter to explore the art of painting in the expression of the personal narrative. Whether the artist has used their likeness in their work or whether the artist has rendered a human body to express the story in the painting, it is an extremely personal and deliberate act of outward appearance and visual vulnerability.

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In an art gallery, it can be easy to forget about the complex process taking place between the object, the eyes, and the brain; as light flows through your eye, the brain flips the distorted resulting image right-side up, allowing you to see. With massive hanging installations that have featured as many as 60,000 spools of thread, Devorah Sperber simultaneously deconstructs old masterpieces and the physical experience of viewing them.

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From February 2 to 24, Bentley Gallery will feature the work of two artists; Daniel Brice and Jonathan Cross. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2, from 6 – 9 p.m.  

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The Arts

A groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect Paolo Soleri is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

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