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New Show at Foster Gallery to Feature
Work from Outside Artistic Mainstream

RELEASED: Nov. 2, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — A new exhibit titled "Rome is Burning/The New School" will open Nov. 8 in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit showcases art from outside the mainstream contemporary art world, including works in underground comix, rock posters, graffiti art, Kustom Kulture and graphic design. An opening reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the gallery.

The show is being curated by Rob McBroom of the OX-OP gallery in Minneapolis, which recently closed its gallery space but still maintains a Web presence, and, according to McBroom, is far from defunct. He said that since Robert Williams founded Juxtapoz magazine in 1994 to showcase this out-of-the-mainstream type of work, the "lowbrow" pop surrealism movement has gained worldwide attention and is undoubtedly the first definable art movement of the twenty-first century.

McBroom said faculty at UW-Eau Claire invited him to bring this exhibit to the Foster Gallery after being impressed with the quality and turnout at the 2006 Juxtapoz show at OX-OP. The work of 36 artists will be featured, including McBroom, Shepard Fairey, Dalek, Liz McGrath, Shag, Gary Taxali, Coop, Derek Hess, Chris Mars and Niagara.

"'Rome is Burning/The New School' brings together some of the original players, as well as members of the next generation who continue to add to the vitality of the genre," said McBroom.

Gallery talks will include presentations by McBroom at 11 a.m., Friday Nov. 9; artist Anthony Ausgang at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16; and artist Gary Baseman at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30. All will be held in the Foster Gallery.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekends.

For more information on Foster Gallery or scheduled exhibits, contact Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery, at 715-836-2328.

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