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Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting

For 50 years, Jack Whitten has explored the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence in his innovative studio process. With compositions that are abstract and elegiac, Whitten foregrounds the material properties of paint—pigmentation, viscosity, and mark—to… More

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This Just In: A Year of Collecting

More than 200 works have entered the Walker’s collection during its 75th-anniversary year, through generous gifts, purchases out of Walker shows, and acquisitions made for the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Standout examples include a work by Harlem Renaissance painter Beauford Delaney… More

Adrienne Edwards

William Pope.L: The Will to Exhaust

As Gilles Deleuze put it, to exhaust is not to be tired; it is the will to begin again. In Pope.L’s performances—which have found the artist crawling the streets of Manhattan in a black suit or consuming pages of the Wall Street… More

In collaboration with Triple Canopy

He Gave Me Blues, I Gave Him Back Soul

A year to the day after Scaffold Room concluded its world premiere at the Walker, its creator, Ralph Lemon, returns for a “memory refraction” related to the work. A performance installation in the galleries, Scaffold Room fueled this… More

Martin Friedman

Cornell Boxes and Cake: A Visit to Utopia Parkway

Mesmerized by curious boxes containing “fragments of the everyday world that alluded to fragments of imaginary ones,” former Walker director Martin Friedman set out in the rain from Manhattan one day in 1967 to visit their… More

Jann Haworth

Working Girl

Initially commissioned as a birthday gift for Hugh Hefner, Jann Haworth’s soft-sculpture Playboy Bunny got a new life following a sexist encounter at London’s Playboy Club in the mid-1960s. A celebrated Pop artist and co-designer of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s… More

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

A Crossing

A rubber raft filled with passive world leaders, their arms locked in unity. This image—an uncredited mashup circulated online—combines a photo-op of western politicos at the Paris Charlie Hebdo march with a more recent tragedy: the deaths of hundreds of… More

An Xiao Mina

An Activism of Affirmation

From #BlackLivesMatter to the #UmbrellaMovement, the Web helps artist-activists inform, inspire, and organize around key issues. But art can play a special role within social-change movements as well: It can help transform the… More