Minneapolis Star Tribune’s art critic Mary Abbe praises exhibitions by Tom Maakestad and Wendell Arneson, simultaneously on view through June 6. Abbe congratulates Maakestad on his new perspective of the landscape, calling his aerial views of southern Minnesota a “breathtaking breakthrough.” Of his paintings, she writes: “though familiar, there is a quiet grandeur to these scenes that is a bit of a wakeup call, a reminder that the world around is lush, fertile and still just shy of pristine. ‘Look,’ they say. As the show’s title suggests, take ‘The Long View,’ in time, and space and life.”
Abbe is equally enthusiastic about Arneson’s “crisp, engaging abstractions.” Pointing to Arneson’s use of recurrent motifs, “audacious color” and “keen designs,” Abbe appropriately surmises, “only a hand as sure as Arneson’s could maintain the psychological tension and abstract clarity of these images.” Read the rest of Abbe’s review here.