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20130108075144-perceciving Mary Porterfield: Fearless Visions   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Mary Porterfield, Nina Weiss at Koehnline Museum of Art December 6th, 2012 - January 25th, 2013
Posted 1/8/13

Ten paintings by Mary Porterfield are on show in the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, until January 25. This strong exhibition merits a special trip. Sharing the Koehnline are excellent landscapes by Nina Weiss. When she’s not teaching art or making it, Porterfield works with hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients. Though the odds against success are prohibitive, she wishes that she could do more for these people and feels remorse for her personal shortcomings and fa... [more]

005__25july Henri Cartier-Bresson: Revisiting Old Friends   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Henri Cartier-Bresson at The Art Institute of Chicago July 25th, 2010 - October 3rd, 2010
Posted 8/9/10

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) took photographs for publication in the periodicals of his time. He went from place to place, subject to subject, image to image, rarely exercising control—or seeking to exercise control--over what was done with his photographs. Through much of his career, Cartier-Bresson dispatched exposed film to Magnum, his photo agency, which developed, edited, and sold the images. Sometimes he sent exposed film with captions to the magazine that had given him... [more]

3ca2ecalder_bigred Calder and his Children   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Martin Boyce, Alexander Calder, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, Jason Middlebrook at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 26th, 2010 - October 17th, 2010
Posted 7/19/10

Using tin snips and pliers, Alexander Calder fashioned his mobiles from sheet metal, wire, and bits of junk. After painting the sculptures in bright colors, he hung them from the ceiling where they move slowly in the air. Calder’s work is instantly recognizable, completely approachable, and a treat to the eye. There’s no other artist like him. Everyone loves Calder, but critics underrate him, says Lynne Warren, the long-time Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) curator. Also, she adds, Cald... [more]

026__20apr Photo Town   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Barbara Crane, Joseph Jachna, Kenneth Josephson, Tom Knudtson, Mary Ann Lea (Dorr), Stef Leinwohl, Joseph Sterling, Charles Swedlund, Bob Tanner at Stephen Daiter Gallery April 16th, 2010 - June 5th, 2010
Posted 5/10/10

  Since 2009, there has been an ongoing interest in Chicago’s Modernist legacy of the New Bauhaus and particularly the artist László Moholy-Nagy. Perhaps beginning with the exhibition “Learning Modern” at the Sullivan Center in 2009, then followed up with “Moholy: An Education of the Senses” at the Loyola University Museum of Art, and now with “Passing the Torch” at Stephen Daiter Gallery which focuses on the New Bauhaus and the students and teachers working there.  First though, some history. Lá... [more]

Eggleston_lg Affinity with Human Values   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
William Eggleston at The Art Institute of Chicago February 27th, 2010 - May 23rd, 2010
Posted 4/12/10

        William Eggleston’s photographs, “range widely, they are highly differing, richly varying. In landscapes, cityscapes, street scenes, roadside scenes, at every sort of public converging-point, in dreaming long view and arresting close-up, through hours of dark and light, he sets forth what makes up our ordinary world. What is there, however strange, can be accepted without question; familiarity will be what overwhelms us.” These w ords come from Eudora Welty’s introdu ction to... [more]

Modamer_lg Crazy Salad   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
George Wesley Bellows, Peter Blume, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Walter Ellison, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Grant Wood at The Art Institute of Chicago January 30th, 2010 - April 4th, 2010
Posted 3/29/10

"Modern in America: Works on Paper, 1900-1950s," at the Art Institute until April 4, “offers viewers the opportunity to ruminate on what constituted ‘modern’ in America at various moments in the first half of the 20th century,” according to the exhibition text. Taken from the Art Institute’s permanent collection, the exhibition comprises about 140 prints, drawings, collages, and watercolors by 60 famous and not-so-famous artists. Installed in several galleries, the work is not presented chr... [more]

016__16feb Coming to Terms   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Michiko Itatani at Walsh Gallery February 9th, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Posted 3/1/10

    Almost yearly since the late 1970s, Michiko Itatani has had at least one solo exhibition of her paintings and sometimes more. Her shows have typically been complex installations that featured huge multi-paneled canvases with insets, and oddly shaped paintings that flowed all over the wall and onto the floor. While Itatani’s work has always been grandly ambitious, she says that her concerns have remained “quite consistent” throughout her career, “always personal and humanistic.” Michiko... [more]

Emmett_kerrigan_red_yellow_butter_2007_laminated_wood_and_enamel_37_x_37_x_5 Over the Top   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Emmett Kerrigan at Elmhurst Art Museum January 16th, 2010 - March 21st, 2010
Posted 1/25/10

      There was a time when toys were not plastic, but made of wood. Sized to fit small hands and simply shaped with rounded edges, they were often laminated together from two or three kinds of wood. Surfaces were usually a treat to the eye, with stripes and circles painted on them in primary colors, shallow grooves sometimes outlined painted areas, and shiny, clear shellac elsewhere. Toys were inevitably tactile—we expected to handle them, after all—and they withstood much banging around.... [more]

David_smith_u_1961 Drawing Sculpture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
David Smith at Russell Bowman Art Advisory November 6th, 2009 - January 10th, 2010
Posted 12/14/09

        David Smith (1906-65) drew in space. Instead of carving or constructing volumetric sculptures, he assembled small metal shapes on the floor of his studio and arranged them to create linear forms with open centers. He then welded the metal elements together into free-standing sculptures. Because of his additive, collage-like creative process, Smith produced few preparatory drawings. His works on paper are independent creations that he considered just as important as his 3-D work. Smith... [more]

Piecemeal_installation_image From Sewing to Steel   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Bruce White at Willis Tower September 14th, 2009 - November 20th, 2009
Posted 11/9/09

          When sculptor Bruce White was a child, he watched his mother sew dresses. She would start with a flat piece of fabric, cut a small V in it, and stitch together the sides of the V to make the cloth dimensional- a cone. Nowadays, White takes flat sheets of aluminum or stainless steel, cuts them to shape, and then bends, folds or curves them to make pedestal-sized sculptures. When he works in large scale, he strengthens the sculpture by reinforcing it internally or welding together... [more]

Ts-121-md Practice makes Perfect   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Tony Smith at Valerie Carberry Gallery September 11th, 2009 - October 31st, 2009
Posted 10/11/09

Tony Smith (1912-1980) did not begin to make the geometric sculptures for which he is known until he was past fifty. Before that, he dabbled in a variety of artistic pursuits, trying this, trying that, and failing more often than not. He studied painting and architecture in his twenties, but high school was the only formal course of study that he ever completed. In 1938-39, he worked for the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in different capacities. At other times, he painted, practiced architec... [more]

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