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Arts & Leisure

July 2 - July 8, 1997

Here's a little test. You know you're a successful painter when:

(a) Replicas of your art show up in other artists' works

(b) People go out of their way to deface your paintings

(c) You're invited to display your work in a "Biennial"

(d) All of the above.

If you said D, then you should enjoy this week's Art-icles. The spotlight is on painters, as well it should be considering Robert Colescott's featured position at the Venice Biennial this year (Colescott is the first U.S. painter since Jasper Johns to receive this honor). Here's a rundown of the stories that correspond to the above answers.

Charles Barbier, a New Orleans painter, is the "other artist" in question in answer A. In a recent exhibition, the artist attempts to capture the dramatic personalities of Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe, often posing them with their most famous works and allowing their style to inform his own.

Answer B corresponds to a story about Frank Pietronigo, a San Francisco painter whose work is featured in a 20-year retrospective hosted by a downtown gallery. The piece details the ironic results when a vandal defaced a painting commemorating the 1993 National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights.

As for C, it refers to this article about Tucson, Arizona's own Biennial, where painters, photographers, sculptors and artists in other mediums are all proudly featured. For sheer variety, these Biennial exhibits can't be beat; isn't it time to consider putting them on more than once every two years?

News In The Art World

Picasso, O'Keeffe and Others
Charles Barbier at LeMieux and Adele Badeaux and Wanda Boudreauxat Shooting Star through June. [2]
D. Eric Bookhardt

Local Talent
The Tucson Museum of Art hosts an all-Arizona show. [3]
Margaret Regan

Hearth & Soul
Just call me the Canned Gourmet. [4]
Suzy Banks

Media Mix
Homophobia is alive and well, as the work of artist Frank Pietronlgo sadly demonstrates. [5]

Country Cousins
Taking in Nashville's current country-music bio-revues. [6]
Larry Adams

Reviews of Water at Hyde Park Theatre, The Duchess of Malfi and episode two of Flaming Failure: The Silent War atThe Public Domain, and The Yoemen of the Guard at the State Theatre. [7]

Revenge Is Sweet
Vengeance carries the day at the Vortex in Albuquerque. [8]
Michael Maiello

Promises Kept
Neil Simon's Promises, Promises. [9]
Dalt Wonk

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [10]

Talk Back
Tell us your favorite medium, and we don't mean that in the Shirley MacLaine sense of the word.

From The Vaults

A Real Trouper
Southern Arizona Dance Theater calls on the talents of a master. [06-06-97]
Margaret Regan

No Plaid For Dad
What dads really want on their big day. [06-13-97]
Tom Danehy

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