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Tory Folliard Gallery Honors John Wilde

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Feb. 8, 2010
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Beginning Saturday, Feb. 13, Tory Folliard Gallery presents a retrospective honoring one of Wisconsin’s premier painters, John Wilde (1919-2006). The gallery’s “John Wilde Revisited” (through March 6) features 15 works from Wilde’s exceptional career, which spanned six decades and produced hundreds of influential drawings and paintings.

Wilde, a UW-Madison alumnus and Alfred Sessler distinguished professor of art, inspired students and successful artists such as Flora Langlois and Mary Alice Wimmer over his 35 years of teaching in Madison. Along with numerous solo exhibitions and awards, Wilde was elected to New York’s prestigious National Academy of Design in 1993.

Tory Folliard Gallery’s retrospective offers a glimpse into Wilde’s career between the years 1942-2003, a time in which he embraced surrealism by depicting fantastical scenes that defy logic. Through his precise, polished and photorealistic techniques, Wilde drew intricately detailed images that demand attention from viewers. Wilde’s artwork portrays psychological narratives that incorporate self-portraiture and personalities from his life.

Mary Mourning Dove (1981), a stark but delicate silverpoint drawing that marries a woman’s head and torso to the feathered body of a cooing bird, exemplifies Wilde’s “Lady Bird Series” and demonstrates his genius.

Folliard also exhibits Wilde’s large-scale oil on panel Wildeworld Revisited, a 1995 re-imagining of Wisconsin Wildeworld,a similar painting of his from the 1950s that belongs to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection.

An opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. will celebrate Wilde’s distinguished art and accomplishments.

A young Wisconsin fiber artist, Mindy Sue Meyers, experiments with indulgence and temptation in her exhibition “One From Wisconsin: Stitchalicious” at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA). Meyers invents a “Candyland” installation that smiles on Pop Art with every confection imaginable constructed from common household items such as felt, paper napkins, sheets and sponges.

Sheet Cakes and Sponge Cakes display impeccable craftsmanship as Meyers adds beads, buttons, ribbons and crystals to her faux treats. These delights include felt chocolate bonbons and pink and white swirls that fill replicas of vintage soda fountain jars. Her 12-inch-high Napoleon Cake,layered and stitched from pastel dishcloths, is displayed on a milky white cake plate.

The “Stitchalicious” exhibition (through Feb. 14) coincides with MWA’s annual fund-raiser “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” a Feb. 13 event at which attendees may sample fine wines, beers and sweets. Meyers’ delectable cupcakes and candies, for sale at the event, inspire children and adults alike to entertain dreams of Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins—or even Martha Stewart.


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