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20130616132804-02__61513 Cellar Door  
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Matt Nichols at Corbett vs. Dempsey June 28th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 7/8/13

Matt Nichols - Cellar Door With artists like the Yes Men, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and Alfredo Jaar leading the charge, social practices rooted in political activism, investigative journalism and documentarian strategies have taken center stage. The effects have been palpable with contemporary art criticism focusing on notions of use value, “educational efficacy”, and quotients of truth rather than art’s capacity to “invite us to confront the more complicated considerations... [more]

20130616132804-02__61513 Cellar Door  
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Matt Nichols at Corbett vs. Dempsey June 28th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 7/8/13

Matt Nichols - Cellar Door With artists like the Yes Men, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and Alfredo Jaar leading the charge, social practices rooted in political activism, investigative journalism and documentarian strategies have taken center stage. The effects have been palpable with contemporary art criticism focusing on notions of use value, “educational efficacy”, and quotients of truth rather than art’s capacity to “invite us to confront the more complicated considerations... [more]

20130210121845-116 Art review by Agni  
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Craig Norton at Carl Hammer Gallery February 15th, 2013 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 2/19/13

This is Craig Norton’s first Solo show in Chicago and he has really impressed the audience with his Mixed Media three dimensional Wall Art. In Dropping Mom Off at the Old folks Home, Norton draws attention to the insecurities that come with old age. He also highlights the mentality of our society towards old people. We think of them as an outcast and neglect them. His works are mainly a combination of drawings and collages layered on top of wood cutouts. The work touch the Robert Rauschenberg’s i... [more]

20130201031140-dontfretpress Art review by Agni  
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Don't Fret at Johalla Projects February 8th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 2/19/13

Don’t Fret’s work is carefree and hilarious not only through the characters but also through the texts. It depicts the common life of everyday people that encompasses the issues related to teenage, adulthood, old age, deprived sex-life, relationships, fights, etc. The works flirts with the genres of portrait, figurative and landscape painting (in terms of the setting they are in). Since they depicted scenes are closely related to us we can infer they are our biographies. Unlike Tim Arroyo this bo... [more]

20121004134445-freak_me_out_nbechtol Lost Artists Colony - FIND'em! soon to be legend  
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Lost Colony Artists, David Bechtol, Nancy Bechtol at Avondale Arts Fest September 23rd, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012
Posted 9/23/12

just check this out on Oct 13. lucky number. amazing fun and art, music, food, and maybe you dancing too! All media, all styles all really interesting works. come [more]

20120527205405-p1020507 Forms & Fragments  
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Nikki Renee Anderson, Shelley Gilchrist, DONNA HAPAC, Mimi Peterson at The Art Museo April 26th, 2012 - July 30th, 2012
Posted 5/27/12

On Thursday 26 April, I attended the opening reception of Forms & Fragments at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. My expectations of classic "Motel Room Art" and a tacky "Starving Artist Sale" quickly dissipated upon entering The Art Museo section of the lobby. This group show featuring 3-D wall constructions is subtly integrated with artwork from the InterContinental's permanent collection which includes Modern masters such as Rauschenberg. The labyrinth of first fl... [more]

20110105145430-mtt_wss_postcard_v6_blueback_500x360 43 Miles From Center: The Winter Opening at Water Street Studios - by Zachary Johnson  
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Gallery Director, Steven Lockwood at Water Street Studios January 28th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 5/18/11

hen Water Street Studios first opened in its temporary space near the corner of Water Street and Wilson in Batavia, IL, my mind was filled with preconceptions about the art that would be on display. Having attended various art fairs in the western suburbs, I assumed the art of Water Street would be more of the same: nature photography, realistic paintings, and predictable abstraction. Upon entering I was taken aback. What was once my hometown’s candy store had become a space containing striking me... [more]

20120825181222-light-and-air Review: Light & Air/ Coalition Gallery by Regan Golden-McNerney  
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Robin Dluzen, Zach Mory, Connie Wolfe at Coalition Gallery - Chicago Artists' Coalition November 12th, 2010 - December 3rd, 2010
Posted 8/25/12

Review: Light and Air/Coalition Gallery in New City Robin Dluzen, detail from "Tower Support Grids (Chicago)," 2010, duct tape and silicone caulk on insulation board RECOMMENDED Ethereal can mean delicate, insubstantial, or otherworldly. In “Light and Air” at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition Gallery, each artist’s work reflects upon the different facets “ethereal.” Connie Wolfe’s abstract hand-cut ink-jet prints suspended just inches off the wall appear fragile and delicate like wisp... [more]

Chicago Art Loop Open (15 Oct - 29 Oct)  
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10/14/10 Posted 10/14/10

(Excerpt from 'Chicago Artists Month 2010 Event: The Loop Art Crawl' posted by Carole Kuhrt Brewer on Chicago Now, Oct 2010. Found on http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-me-chicago/2010/10/chicago-artists-month-2010-event-the-loop-art-crawl.html) Get in the Loop - A month long competition covering a wide range of media. The First Annual Chicago Art Loop Open kicks off Friday, October 15 with 191 local artists, working in a broad range of media from site-specific installation and interactive video to sculptur... [more]

Review: ian Weaver/Packer Schopf Gallery  
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Ian Weaver at Packer Schopf Gallery April 2nd, 2010 - May 8th, 2010
Posted 4/28/10

APR 05Review: Ian Weaver/Packer Schopf Gallery RECOMMENDED The African-American community of Chicago’s “Black Bottom” neighborhood, dispersed by white “urban renewal” in the 1950s, is presented here in a mix of faux historical documents, artifacts and maps, colliding a repertoire of symbols associating European racial and nationalist mythology withAfrican-American history and nationalism. There is a knight’s helmet, for instance, incorporating a raised Black Power fist in its design. Likewise, the... [more]

Img_3943 Chicago's Chicano Art elite welcomes the Pilsen Artists  
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Benjamín Anaya, Salvador Jimenez, Victor M. Montañez, Carolina I Reyes, Robert Valadez at Fonda Del Gusto March 19th, 2010 - April 30th, 2010
Posted 3/30/10

Pilsen Artists Head North (Wicker Park) @ La Fonda del Gusto When: home.lafondadelgusto.com Rockotitlan promoter, Jaime Garza assembled the most cutting edge artists that make their home in Pilsen and brought them to Chicago's North Side, Wicker Park. The event was a who's who in art royalty starting with the guests. Marcos Raya, Salvador Vega, Gina Pacheco Gamboa, were among the Pilsen Art community elite who came to celebrate the most recent works from The avant guard Chicano Artists g... [more]

Painters on Painting: Video from the MCA  
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9/17/09 Posted 9/17/09

From Abraham Ritchie, Editor for Chicago: "Constellations" curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm and on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) ambitiously presents current painting practices within historical context, linking new work to well-known work, in an exhibition  that takes up the main galleries on the museum's top floor.  It's not without its ups-and-downs which Erik Wenzel explored in his review of "Constellations," but when our nation’s top museums have recently been criticized for t... [more]

Whose_pie_is_better Portrait of the Artist: Candice Hunter  
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Candace Hunter at An Orange Moon Antiques & Design Studio August 28th, 2009 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 9/11/09

Originally appeared in Newcity, 8/24/09.  Written by Jason Foumberg, Art Editor for Newcity.  Courtesy of Newcity and Jason Foumberg: Candace Hunter An artist working in collage can make one of two major statements: by selecting and cutting material from piles of old magazines, the collagist either despairingly critiques the ever-flowing fountain of consumer information, or else she is a cosmopolite, joining disparate faces and places into a communal frame. Candace Hunter is this second type of colla... [more]

Bobstanleycall102908_013 Sichhart and Square Cats  
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Fred Sichhart at Paul Henry's Gallery January 9th, 2009 - March 31st, 2009
Posted 2/19/09

Sometimes, it's hard to make it to openings.  I live in Chicago, where openings are so intensely crowded, I can't muster enough social fortitude to leave my house and see art.  It seems even more unlikely to travel all the way to Hammond, Indiana on those socially lazy -- or just plain lazy -- occasions. That said, I am so glad I got out to see Fred Sichhart's show at the Paul Henry Gallery. Dave and Rita Mueller, the owners of Paul Heny's, have put forth a truly original and strange show. Aro... [more]

02slfprtwdolls Powerful Work  
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Davida Schulman at Koehneline Gallery December 18th, 2008 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 12/18/08

Davida Schulman investigates herself as a large, middle-aged matron through paintings, watercolors, and prints. Her stark self-portraits, usually executed sans clothing, are antithetical to prevailing cultural perceptions about the ideal feminine image. Schulman accepts herself as she is. These works also introduce audiences to the artist's work environment of the studio and the domestic atmosphere of her home. [more]

Photos of Holzer's MCA Light Projections  
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11/2/08 Posted 11/2/08

From Abraham Ritchie, the Chicago City editor: On Thursday night I got over to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to see Jenny Holzer's light projections on the façade.  Like most of Holzer's work these projections were text-based.  A high-intensity light projected them across the darkness onto the front of the MCA where they scrolled bottom to top.  The contents of the projections was drawn from poetry by Wisława Szymborska.  The selected poetry frequently described violence and conflict, which com... [more]


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