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Three Things: Summer Construction Edition

2013 July 29
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Three Things

Here in Minnesota, summer turns the whole state into a construction zone. New buildings, housing renovations, landscape projects, road construction. There’s no escaping it. This week, let’s turn the madness into something on paper, shall we? Here are three paintings to get you started.



Jeffrey Smart, The construction fence, 1978. Oil and acrylic on canvas. TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia.



Sarah McKenzie, Patriot, 2010. Acrylic on canvas.



Liam Jones, Construction #25, 2003. Acrylic on canvas. Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, CA.


Three Things, Start of Summer Edition

2011 May 30
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This week’s Three Things will be quick, the better to get back to enjoying your day off. (And by you, I mean me. And you, too, of course.)

Memorial Day:  remembering those who died in service, and the unofficial start to the summer season. Summer vacation, summer construction jobs, summer storms, summer picnics and potlucks. Here are three things to look forward to in the coming season.


Alex Colville, Family and Rainstorm, 1955. Glazed tempera on masonite. National Gallery of Canada.


Sarah McKenzie, Support, 2007. Oil on wood.


Fernando Botero, Picnic, 1989. Oil on canvas. Private collection.