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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]

20130125202639-comic_landslide__2012__5__x_5___acrylic__enamel_on_canvas Art review  
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Judith Geichman at Carrie Secrist Gallery February 9th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 2/19/13

The ongoing exhibition of Judith Giechman’s work at the Carrie Secrist Gallery is a series of abstract works in Grayscale. She has taken the paper/canvas on an adventure where she explores the materiality by various mark making techniques, playing with the flow of paints, gestural movements, drips and layering. This depiction of abstraction gives each work a different storyline. Each work can be viewed as a landscape, or composition of figures in space, underwater-world or a science experiment of... [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]

20120413000033-01__41112 The Subtle Perspective  
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Jin Lee at Devening Projects + Editions April 22nd, 2012 - June 2nd, 2012
Posted 5/4/12

As the title suggests, subtle contradictions frame Jin Lee's current show, The Near and the Far at the Devening Project Space. There is always the stark contrast of interior vs. exterior at Devening: the dilapidation of West Carroll that secrets the crisp clean whiteness of the gallery. Lee's photographs soften, yet continue this contrast, playing stark against serene, universality against specificity, and yes, near against the distant far. The works are immaculately installed in the solely dedicated... [more]

Art Letter: Young Artists who Know, and Aren't Replicating, History by Paul Klein  
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Robin Dluzen at The Charnel House February 3rd, 2012 - February 19th, 2012
Posted 8/27/12

Originally posted on ArtLetter.com BY PAUL KLEIN ON FEBRUARY 2, 2012 5:08 PM There's a lot of new talent emerging on the Chicago art scene, right now; talent that is art-historically knowledgeable and relevant. Artists are taking risks and galleries are following suite.  Antonia Gurkovska is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute and makes a worthy entrance, participating in two exhibits opening tonight.  In a one-person show at Kavi Gupta, the gallery match... [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]

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]

The Art Institute's Impressionism Collection Returns  
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12/19/08 Posted 12/19/08

From Abraham Ritchie, the Chicago City Editor: Renovations have been taking place all over the Art Institute of Chicago anticipating May 16th, 2009, the opening date of the Modern Wing.  The most recent improvements were made to the galleries housing the Impressionist pictures which had travelled to the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, TX, while the renovations were going on.  The artwork has now returned, and today the Impressionist galleries reopen, complementing the Asian, Himalayan and Islamic galler... [more]


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