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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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Mika Horibuchi and Brittany Nelson at PATRON

Mika Horibuchi, “Draw the Curtain” and Brittany Nelson, “Controller,” An exhibition at PATRON Gallery that ran from June 25–August 13, 2016. The exhibitions of Mika Horibuchi and Brittany Nelson, on view this summer at PATRON Gallery, highlighted a noir quality of both artists’ work. Horibuchi, in particular, is exploring ambiguity as a genre. Her work occupies the gallery’s front space with an installation of pseudo- trompe l’oeil paintings, …

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Wheelers, dealers and supercollectors

Where are they taking the art market? Behind the artist in the act of creation stands the collector. His piggish eyes are gleaming, and his right hand firmly clutches the bulging money bag at his belt. Greed, as the 16th century drawing “The Painter and the Connoisseur” by Brueghel makes clear, has always been a part of the world in …

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MUSEUM ETHICS: STILL A PROBLEM FOR THE PROFESSION AND CONTEMPORARY ART

This article ran in the New Art Examiner’s February 1982 issue. Why reprint it now? One reason is that the majority of museum and art world staff were quite young or not yet born when the incidents herein occurred and led to some reform, though enforcement remains weak. The key reason is that, while the names and details change, problems …

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Death Stalks Damien’s Imagination

Damien Hirst, whose epithets as much as his work, sum up the vacuous heart of the modern age, is curating an exhibition on Hoyland who, much in line Hirst’s predilections for his work, is dead. Death stalks the contemporary imagination perhaps because life in the West gives so much. What celebrities like Hirst dislike about being dead is their complete …

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A Dream Denied

In January 2015 Derek Guthrie arrived back in Cornwall after a gruelling experience in Chicago when the Newt Examiner for the third time in its history experience a coup attempt which, mercifully, failed. Let me tell you a little about the New Art Examiner. The most widely read journal of art criticism outside of New York still used as essential …

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Speakeasy

My goal was always to be an interested traveler in the arts. I have been fortunate to make many unscheduled stops in various forums and been close to many different forms of creative expression. My curious  nature took me as a young adult from my artist fortress in my parent’s house to the world of live jazz music. Experiencing the inventive force …

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