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Some Thoughts on Expo Chicago

This autumn traditionally starts a new season in the art world, commencing with EXPO Chicago during a period of tumultuous politics and social activism. This turmoil is leading to more revelations of spiraling greed. The art world has long been inside this grip of greed and we are exhausted at the revelations that the world is still in no shortage of greed. In fact, we have come to …

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Team Art and Allen Vandever Host a Talk with Derek Guthrie

Team Art, a collective of artists, invited Derek Guthrie, publisher of the New Art Examiner (NAE) to speak to the group about the NAE and the  NAE’s revival on October 13th at the studio of Lynn Tsan. Allen Vandever of Team Art moderated. Guthrie gave a brief history of the magazine that he and his late wife, Jane Allen Adams began in 1973. “The NAE speaks …

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Johannesburg—A City in the Making

Johannesburg is a city in the making, with all the crime, good intentions and missed opportunities that that entails. But being just 130 years old this year and still in the throws of independence, it gives us a window into how important symbols are to a country, and how those symbols are chosen and how those symbols spring from art. No …

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Two Pioneering Institutions of Modern Art at 100 – The Renaissance Society

The Arts Club of Chicago and the Renaissance Society celebrated their Centennial Anniversary this year and last, respectively. Each was formed in the wake of the infamous Armory Show of 1913 to show support for Art to counter the withering criticism of that show and many of its displayed works. That did not mean these institutions, both currently champions of cutting-edge contemporary …

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Two Pioneering Institutions of Modern Art at 100 – The Arts Club

The Arts Club of Chicago and the Renaissance Society celebrated their Centennial Anniversary this year and last, respectively. Each was formed in the wake of the infamous Armory Show of 1913 to show support for Art to counter the withering criticism of that show and many of its displayed works. That did not mean these institutions, both currently champions of …

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A Small Picture of the Big Picture

Description of the title illustration The illustration comprises of elements picked out from the article, and from there using it as a springboard, namely a mention of the words/name ‘carrot’, Madonnas, Satanic Mills and Nicholas Serota. I selected resonant words that could be richly illustrated. As a lover of puns, I hatched the moniker ‘Nicholas Carrot-a’, as he’s quite slim, hence …

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The Importance of Being Earnest

While on the bus, Dynamic Energy by Douglas Gruizenga caught my eye. Gruizenga is a sculptor based in Interlochen, Michigan. Part of the 15th annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, his piece sits in a scruffy little parklet at the corner of Clark and Aldine streets. This giant cog wheel of welded aluminum boldly celebrates the machine age, recalling the engineering optimism of the 30s as depicted, for example, …

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Slow Painting

“Slow Painting” was on view at the Richard Gray Gallery from July 14 through September 10. The Chicago art scene has a little Shangri-la called the Richard Gray Gallery, a legend in the American art scene. “Slow Painting” by Chicago Artist John Santoro fits well into this gallery’s standard of elegance and integrity. His paintings revisit the issues of French painting that were put aside when …

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Camera Wields Power to Mediate/Manipulate

“Witness” is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art from now though February 19, 2017. “The Making of a Fugitive” is on view through December 4, 2016. A majority of the world’s population not only has access to the internet but also owns smart phones, according to Pew Research. This rapid expansion of technology generated a social space we are all familiar with but few …

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Life’s Struggles and Black Rage: The Fire Then and Now

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem was on exhibit at the Art Institute from May 21 to August 28, 2016 Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem, the exhibition that just closed at the Art Institute of Chicago, focuses on collaborative projects created by two seminal Afro-American artists, each a consummate master of their mediums. Each formed their unique artistic identity during …

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