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Studio Visit with Robert Beatty
Contributing writer Paul Michael Brown visits the Lexington studio of artist, illustrator, and musician, Robert Beatty. Beatty's work can be seen on album covers, in print media, (including the New York Times), and in galleries and museums. Despite its wide exposure, his work, frequently incorporating modern-day ephemera, is intriguing and often "enigmatic and esoteric".

Tasteful Nudes: Little to Provoke at Lexington Art League Show
Reviewer Natalie Weis came away a bit disappointed in the standard conventions and images of much of Kentucky Nudes at LAL. While beauty has its place, Weis hoped for an approach to this biennial exhibition that would be more challenging and provocative.

Grabbing a Drink with James Lyons
Writer/bartender Cooper Gibson meets up with artist/bartender James Lyons at the latter's bar on a side street in downtown Lexington. A queer artist of color, Lyons grew up as an outsider but has found a home in Lexington with its rich current and past queer culture and artistic tradition and legacy.

Arts Tasting Menu
Some tasty early 2020 museum exhibitions for you. The first large-scale solo exhibition by a Portuguese street artist at the Cincinnati CAC. Two central Kentucky sculptors are paired in an exhibition at UK's Art Musuem. And Andy Warhol's Catholic roots are explored in a major exhibition at the Speed.

While 2019 certainly had its, ahem, challenges, it was a good year for UnderMain. So much great new content by talented writers, many contributing pieces to UnderMain for the first time. Our reach has expanded beyond Lexington and the Bluegrass region to cover arts and culture in other parts of Kentucky and beyond.

The Studio Visit series, funded by the generous folks at the Great Meadows Foundation, profiled the work of Kentucky artists and the writing of accomplished Kentucky writers and reviewers. The pieces on Robert Beatty and James Lyons are the latest additions to the series. We are full of big happiness to have received funding from Great Meadows for three more years of this project. We also have received from them funding for three more years of Critical Mass, our annual mini-conference featuring the Great Meadows visiting critic-in-residence and other distinguished contributors. It was held at The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky in 2019. Look for announcements about 2020's upcoming Critical Mass.

We've got some more exciting changes planned for UnderMain in 2020. Stick around.

Wishing You All the Best for 2020
The UnderMain Team

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