Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Artist Patrick Murillo

In some ways, there’s nothing simpler than a skeleton. But Patrick Murillo’s skeletons go beyond bare bones. The Dia de Los Muertos artist imbues them with humor, feeling and, yes, even sex appeal. “I’ve learned to inject emotion into a skeleton without a caption, which isn’t easy,” says Murillo, 46. “I even make skeleton girls sexy with boobs. I challenge anyone to do that.” 


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SmoCA Showcases Amateur Art

People’s Biennial redefines ‘artist’ by highlighting work from regular people in the neighborhood. Scottsdale is the next stop on the exhibit’s national tour.

David Hoelzinger, a Phoenix doctor, spent 20 years documenting his life with detailed cartoons he drew each day in his calendar.


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Contemporary Art Institute

Passionate art collectors have created a mobile art institute to showcase under-appreciated local and international talent.

The idea for the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) came up one afternoon when Phoenix art collector Ted Decker was eating beef tacos with his art-loving pals Eddie Shea and Greg Esser outside of Rito’s Mexican Food restaurant in Downtown Phoenix.


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Downtown Phoenix Murals

The once-whitewashed walls of Phoenix are transforming into an open-air showcase for some of the Valley’s most dynamic artists. Forget graffiti – this is a mural revolution.


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New Latino Arts Fest

A new, two-month-long celebration highlighting Latino arts and heritage could put Phoenix on the country’s cultural festival map.

Let’s play a game. We’ll say the festival, you name its city. 1) South by Southwest. 2) Sundance. 3) CALA.


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New Exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum


A new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum explores two artists' Mormon roots.

Growing up with a polygamous family is a lot less glamorous than HBO's Big Love series makes it seem, and Phoenix artist Angela Ellsworth proves it through her eye-catching artwork. Beginning September 3, Ellsworth’s controversial art will be exhibited alongside Rebecca Campbell’s work at the Phoenix Art Museum to show the multi-dimensional nature of growing up Mormon.


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Artist Paul Wilson

When photos of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest were plastered across newspapers in 1963, most Americans felt anger and outrage. Paul Wilson’s reaction was very different: “He’s cute,” thought Wilson, who later produced more than 100 videos starring “Wee Harvey Oddball,” a Mini-Me version John F. Kennedy’s assassin. 


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