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20110502170729-5670891838_a8e285bbd7 Low Tide at Art Chicago 2011  
Posted 5/2/11

    If it is true that a rising tide raises all ships, then Art Chicago proved this year that lowered admission standards diminishes all the art on view.  Everywhere glossy and slick surfaces abounded, indicating just how shallow the “return to beauty” has turned out to be.  As Joel Kuennen writes this week on ArtSlant: Chicago, nostalgia was exploited as repackaged in pure commodity to entice perspective buyers.  Similarly there was a surfeit of photorealist paintings and still lifes this year, see... [more]

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