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20131102130245-o Sublime, Banal, and In-Between: SOFA in its 20th Year   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SOFA Chicago October 31st, 2013 - November 3rd, 2013
Posted 11/2/13

SOFA takes stamina, a keen and curious eye, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. A long parade of blown glass, statement jewelry, and iron sculpture can get fatiguing. Else, you’d have to fetishize decorative arts to walk every row of the massive Navy Pier pavilion, densely packed with some seventy dealers’ booths. Entering its 20th year – an important milestone – the fair of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art can feel intensely variegated and unwieldy. A few pieces a... [more]

20131018120630-img_20131011_205103 Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Legget, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald, avery r. young at South Side Community Art Center October 11th, 2013 - November 9th, 2013
Posted 10/18/13

"They're not all the same color, they're not all black, they're not all, as they used to say years ago, high yellow, they're not all brown. I try to give each one of them character as individuals. And that's hard to do when you have so many figures to do, putting them all together and still have them have their characteristics." –Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) in Bronzevi... [more]

Special Edition: EXPO CHICAGO #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/13

EXPO CHICAGO: THE START OF THE CIRCUIT By Joel Kuennen On August 21st, the New York Times published an article entitled, “For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Circuit.” In it, a great lament for the loss of the fat times when dealers had but to sit in their galleries and wait for buyers to walk through the door. Now, they must trot around the globe, hawking their wares like common international businessmen and businesswomen. Reeling back the snark, traveling is tough... [more]

20130919202846-tc73 EXPO CHICAGO: The Start of the Circuit   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/19/13

On August 21st, the New York Times published an article entitled, “For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Circuit.” In it, a great lament for the loss of the fat times when dealers had but to sit in their galleries and wait for buyers to walk through the door. Now, they must trot around the globe, hawking their wares like common international businessmen and businesswomen. Reeling back the snark, traveling is tough; it keeps a person on-edge, off-center but it’s an increasing reality for thos... [more]

Special Edition: EXPO Chicago #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/19/13

THE SOPHOMORE YEAR: AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY KARMAN By Thomas Connors Chicago’s rocky road in the art fair business isn’t such a distant memory. But if the second iteration of EXPO CHICAGO – running September 19-22 – proves as appealing as its debut last year, that history may be finally relegated to the category of old news. As exhibitors put the finishing touches to their booths on Navy Pier, the show’s President and Director, Tony Karman, offers a few thoughts on his state of the art. Thomas Connors: How do y... [more]

20130920174744-jh_giant_house_spider__s_ The Sovereign of the Lakes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at EXPO CHICAGO September 20th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 9/19/13

On a humid Thursday, shortly before sunset, taxis and town cars carrying well-coiffed women and men will converge on 600 East Grand Avenue. There, joined by a crowd of somewhat lesser personages on foot, they will step into the belly of the beast: Navy Pier Festival Hall, as redesigned by Studio Gang Architects. After three hours inside the leviathan, touched by “celebratory food and drink” and saturated with art, they will emerge—the faithful—into the rainy night. The uns... [more]

20130917092612-eric_fleischauer_high-res EDITION: An Intimate Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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VARIOUS at Chicago Artists Coalition September 20th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 9/17/13

EDITION Chicago is a new art fair put together by Andrew Rafacz, principal of the gallery that bears his name, and Carolina Jayaram, Executive Director of Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). It’s the inaugural year of the fair, but Rafacz and Jayaram both bring over a decade of experience to the table: Rafacz as a gallerist and art fair participant himself, and Jayaram as an arts administrator who, while living in Miami before coming to Chicago, was heavily involved with connecting the professiona... [more]

20130918025507-expo_dialogues_ The Sophomore Year: An Interview with Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/17/13

Chicago’s rocky road in the art fair business isn’t such a distant memory. But if the second iteration of EXPO CHICAGO – running September 19-22 – proves as appealing as its debut last year, that history may be finally relegated to the category of old news. As exhibitors put the finishing touches to their booths on Navy Pier, the show’s President and Director, Tony Karman, offers a few thoughts on his state of the art. Thomas Connors: How do you go about positionin... [more]

20130910090256-blackmon70 Fall Preview: Bacchanal Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/10/13

Chicago has doubled-down in September. The month of openings is now a full-on arts bacchanal. The nascent EXPO has proven itself a powerful nexus, pulling together the disparate art worlds of Chicago into a dense cloud of top-notch openings, performances, events and fairs – many scheduling their openings around the weekend of the 20th to coincide with an amassing of collectors. Yet many galleries chose to open their Winter program on the first weekend of September as usual, perhaps to test... [more]

20130906121017-mana_chicago_v1 Writing on the Image of Mana Contemporary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/6/13

What defines a space if not its imagined intentions? Or, more literally, when does the projected image of a site’s ideal function supersede its realization, and become the very thing it projects? Such is the case with Mana Contemporary, an elaborate multi-use art center currently being renovated in Pilsen’s industrial Cermak corridor, which if a shorthand history of shared art spaces were any indicator, would belong to the 19th century Salon in Paris as much as it does to a sleek, ateli... [more]

20130830080549-4 Theaster Gates: Space is the Place   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theaster Gates at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 18th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 8/30/13

Artist. Entrepreneur. Potter. Bureaucrat. Singer. Arts Administrator. Host. Urban Planner. Collector. The list could go on and on, but the take away from all these labels might be that Theaster Gates is hard to pinpoint or define. Because his practice combines so many disparate disciplines and mediums, it's counter productive to try and categorize the work he does, and the work he makes. Up until now, that hasn’t been too much of an issue—he’s fit comfortably in the trending, self-ref... [more]

20130823084327-vertical_choice Standardization vs. The Sublime   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jimmy Bunnyluv, El Gato Chimney, David Cooper, Ian Ferguson, Anthony Freda, KLUB7, Julie Murphy, Hernan Paganini, Ruel Pascual, Dave Pressler, Dmitry Samarov, Raudiel Sanudo, Steve Seeley at Vertical Gallery August 3rd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 8/23/13

Thought Experiment #1: A zealot has denounced plurality. He calls for his followers to storm the temple and restore it to holiness by casting out the false idols within. The local elders hear of the plan and, in response, decide to play a trick on them. When the zealot and his followers arrive where the temple once stood, they are surprised to find not one but three identical temples, none of which contain idols. What does the zealot instruct his followers to do? Choices can be terrible things.... [more]

20130817072205-l Sixty Inches From Center: How Green Star Movement is “Changing the Urban Canvas”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/17/13

As Chicagoans, we are lucky to be exposed to a variety of different forms of public art. Blessed with numerous blank walls, building faces and underpasses, we have a vast “urban canvas” to be transformed into accessible works of art for all to enjoy. Many talented artists have seized the opportunity to turn these spaces into their own creations, and Green Star Movement has played an integral role in marshaling young artists to take part in the transformation of their environment. I ha... [more]

20130809073909-happyshow1_1800_1114_75 Less Than Kind   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stefan Sagmeister at Chicago Cultural Center July 13th, 2013 - September 23rd, 2013
Posted 8/9/13

Commercials set to an uplifting loop of an indie song – the violins, the slow crescendo of choir voices, a gratifying and persistent drumbeat – this sound is reified, a ubiquitous, and entirely digestible image of faux-celebration used to market a feeling of happiness. This over-heartened and insufferably “inspirational” attitude strikes an irritating nerve in some, but the trope of the live-for-today individual is often hard to criticize, or even notice, in its calculated... [more]

20130726102622-0de0fbrooks013 Tête-à-Tête   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Amanda Ross-Ho at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 23rd, 2013 - November 1st, 2013
Posted 7/26/13

In his 1973 text,The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom cited a term called poetic misprision. What he was referring to was a process that artists, in his case literary authors, adopted in order to further themselves from their sources and avoid being derivative. As an artistic process, it’s a brilliant explanation of how to deal with appropriation and context in contemporary art – to consciously and deliberately misread your source in order to create new meaning. For The Character and Shap... [more]

20130721113255-o Sixty Inches From Center: Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Angela Bryant, Diana Gabriel at R & D Gallery June 22nd, 2013 - July 31st, 2013
Posted 7/21/13

Tucked away in River North is R&D Gallery, an exhibition space run by Justin Pauly and Dave Sharma featuring local and international artists who work primarily in new media. Currently on view is Well Played which features the work of Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel. Serving as the first collaboration between the two artists, this exhibition is curated in a way that shines a light on the distinct qualities of each artists, but then blends to the elements that overlap within the two artists’ s... [more]


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