Friday, February 19, 2010

Five thousand Minnesotans get their "Foot in the Door"

The result: A bizarrely fabulous cornucopia of kitsch and true talent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Last update: February 19, 2010 - 12:57 PM

Truly crazy thrift shop. That's the first impression of the 5,000 or so artworks crowded into the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' new "Foot in the Door 4" show.

Behind vast platforms chock-a-block with mutant taxidermy, bronze nudes, feisty dragons, imperiled Barbie dolls and knitting projects run amok rise 16-feet-tall walls lined with paintings, drawings, and photos of anything and everything that might flit through the mind of a housebound Minnesotan in the dark of winter: images of banana cream pie, seasonal landscapes, the Dalai Lama, Jesus, rubber duckies, the Golden Gate Bridge, big-eyed girls, many-breasted monsters, anguished teens, snowmen, guitarists, dogs, cats, birds, fish.

A cornucopia of kitsch spiced with inspired moments of LOL satire, smarty-pants conceptualism and straight-up talent, "Foot" is a brilliant albeit daft snapshot of Minnesotans' artistic skills and preoccupations....Read more...

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