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Soul Bros in Art

A review of Salvador Dali & Andy Warhol by Torsten Otte (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015) Who knew that Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were art bros? When they met and hung out in the mid-60s and ‘70s, Dali’s star was fading while Warhol’s was shooting up to the heavens. Yet, on reflection, their association makes perfect sense. Both were among the last century’s most famous …

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Chicago Artist’s Visceral Sculptural Sense

Review of the book “Rene Romero Schuler: Paintings and Sculpture (2016) Whether working 2-dimensionally in paint or fabricating 3-dimensionally, René Romero Schuler is a sculptor. In her work, there is a visceral sense of material scraped, carved, and incised by hand. Her painting largely eschews brushes and is constructed with trowels and knives. Her sculpture— composed in a variety of media such as tightly wound coils of …

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“CAPITAL—DEBT, TERRITORY, UTOPIA”

An exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. 2 July to 6 November 2016   ‘Capital – Debt; Territory; Utopia’ is an exhibition as vast and diverse as its grand title. Vast and diverse, but not daunting. Collected into a slightly too confined space, the huge canvas of this show draws you down a corridor of fascinating objects, images, experiences and …

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“Heaven and hell” a review on El Bosco exhibition for the V Centenary in Museo del Prado, Madrid

After being extended for two weeks more, due to people’s demand you are still on time not to miss the exhibition commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch (born Van Aken), colloquially called in Spain “El Bosco”. It only takes sixteen euros and two hours waiting on a queue to be transported to heaven, hell and all …

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A Room of Surreal Mindscapes

Camille Iemmolo and Jon Langford Exhibit: The Lonely Stage Thomas Masters Gallery, September. 9–23, 2016 Strolling along North Avenue one sunny September afternoon, I entered Thomas Masters Gallery on a whim. As I entered the back room, I was transfixed by the sight of a stage at the front of the room and artworks lining the three adjacent walls. This all-encompassing installation/performance piece, “The Lonely Stage,” …

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“Politics, Rhetoric, Pop”

For many of those engaged in Chicago’s art community, the work of the Imagists or the Hairy Who collective is a prominent milestone in the city’s artistic legacy. For others, this work plays second fiddle to the art historical moment happening in New York around the same time. Some arguments have been made that collectors of Hairy Who continue to promote the work in an effort to at least bolster its market …

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New Lines in Chelsea?

On a recent visit to Manhattan, I looked in on a half-dozen Chelsea galleries. It seems that there is a mini-trend regarding the use of line as a dominant element in the works of four of the artists whose work I saw: Walter Darby Bannard at Berry Campbell, Jeff Elrod at Luhring Augustine, Charles Hewitt at Jim Kempner Fine Arts, and Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner. All …

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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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