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2nd Fridays have local artists’ studios open for public view  
Posted 8/9/11

Every second Friday of the month is the opening of Chicago artists’ galleries and workspaces in the Chicago Arts District (1945 S. Halsted, Suite 101) from 6 to 10 PM and The Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Avenue) from 4:30 to 9:30 PM. Chicago Arts District If you are near South Halsted and 18th Streets, try to stop at one of thirty independent galleries of emerging, established, and energetic artists. This is a spot to locate unique and trendy creations that would most likely not be seen in a muse... [more]

Martinis and Glass  
Posted 8/3/11

Ken Saunders Gallery (230 W. Superior) is open Thursday night, August 4, from 5-7PM, exhibiting outstanding and ground-breaking glass sculpture artists, while serving dirty martinis. Currently featured last month was Stephen Powell, who will continue to showcase fabulous creations for this Thursday night, until early September. Powell’s talent is beyond words and worth viewing live. His pieces are only to be seen in person to truly capture the effective artistic power he obtains. Each work is uniq... [more]

The Chicago Project at Catherine Edelman Gallery  
Posted 7/28/11

Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W. Superior) launched their fourth local photography project this month, titled The Chicago Project IV, showcasing twelve young Chicago talents on the gallery walls until September 3, 2011. The primary goal of Edelman was achieved on their opening night, July 15th, where the venue was packed like sardines, minus the smell. These new, exhibiting photographers were exposed to the true gallery experience, while the eyes of local Chicago admirers could say the same a... [more]

Dogs, pearls, high-heels, and ornate mirrors  
Posted 8/3/11

Yes, this title is correct. Perimeter Gallery (210 W. Superior) features new works by Greg Murr called “Nature,” until September 2, 2011, that houses a variation of works containing dogs, pearls, high-heels, and ornate mirrors. Despite an illustrative and somewhat playful execution, these works contain a deeper, more serious importance than originally perceived. Instead of luring in the average dog or shoe lover, Murr introduces an issue with human nature in relation to news media complexities... [more]

The End: New works by Amy Casey at Zg Gallery  
Posted 8/3/11

What will the end of the world look like? What about in a dream? Amy Casey, a curious artist with a solo exhibit at the Zg Gallery (300 W. Superior) until September 3rd, examines a reoccurring dream about the end of the world in a new collection "Boomtown: New Paintings." Her works appear to reflect “the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in.” (http://www.zggallery.com/casey.htm) From natural to unnatural disasters, Casey portrays urban settings trapped within ropes and thick strips made of brick. W... [more]

Cartoons are art too!  
Posted 8/3/11

Currently at Jean Albano Gallery (215 W. Superior), cartoon strips, watercolors, and iris prints by the infamous cartoonist for The New York Times, Jules Feiffer, dance with witty charm, up and down the gallery walls until August 26th, 2011. New York based, Feiffer portrayed urban chaos as an outlet for clever humor therapy. He took situations relatable to all, and enjoyed by all. He included many topics of discussion including city life, politics, and relationships. One cartoon strip filled wit... [more]

Old Master paintings preserved by Contemporary Photography at Schneider Gallery  
Posted 8/3/11

What better ways to preserve and present Renaissance portraits than with the use of photography? Artists RES and Constanza Piaggio, featured at the Schneider Gallery (230 W. Superior Street) until August 26th, analyze the ‘history of the pose’ by rendering contemporary people in compositions exactly derived from the genius minds of Renaissance artists, but do they reveal similar meanings? When in contact with RES and Piaggio’s Roman Tevez & Maria Alche, 2006, most art historical admirers should... [more]

Asian Art in high demand: What does Chicago have to offer?  
Posted 8/3/11

The Spring of 2011 art season produced millions of dollars for Asian Art at Hong Kong and American auctions. Sotheby’s Hong Kong averaged $447 million (reuters.com), while Christie’s Hong Kong sale brought in $515 million (christies.com).  Meanwhile, in Chicago, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers grossed over $4.5 million, an outstanding amount since the sale was estimated at $1 million (lha.com). Art trends are commonly connected to the most popular sales at auctions, thus the art market determines the late... [more]

Contemporary wood sculptures going green  
Posted 8/3/11

Natural materials like stone, wood, and mud, have been popular mediums for art since the Stone Ages. How can these ancient materials used for art today remain contemporary? Wood and stone artist, Firat Erdim, now exhibited at Roy Boyd Gallery (739 North Wells Street), uses wood to create a vision. An amalgam of issues from identifying nature to the practice of deconstructing and reconstructing raw material, Erdim builds an empire of wooden posts trapped within the gallery, overpowering any observ... [more]

Nicole Gallery’s positive view on art, life and mangos  
Posted 8/3/11

There is more than contemporary Haitian, African, African-American and Shona stone sculpture art featured at Nicole Gallery (230 West Huron Street); there is chance to escape the horrors of the world. A powerful statement to offer, but Nicole, owner of Nicole Gallery, declares this statement as a reality for everyone upon entrance into her mango-colored space. A majority of art today displays a negative, depressive influenced message. When viewing art, why be reminded of painful tragedies seen every... [more]

Freezer Art: Abstract Expressionism frozen in time-How this style remains 'new'  
Posted 8/3/11

A style since the end of the 1940s that continues to survive with much popularity, and currently featured from works by Katherine Perryman and Sijia Chen at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 West 35th Street), abstract expressionism has not disappeared from the forefront of contemporary art. What is it about this style that relates to our world today as it had for the passed sixty years?  And why do we continue to look at this style as ‘new’?  Vivid colors and foreign forms hide the white walls of th... [more]

Life-sized trompe l'oeil stops pedestrians at windows of Ann Nathan Gallery  
Posted 8/3/11

When art becomes a mind game for reality rather an outlet for decoration is proof that the role of art in our everyday lives is worth more credit than given. How can art stop a pedestrian from their rhythmic step and cast the viewer under a spell to question reality? Artist Marc Sijan, currently featured at the Ann Nathan Gallery (212 West Superior Street) and his hyper-realistic human sculptures express such powers.            Sijan, along with similar artists Duane Hanson and John DeAndrea, adjus... [more]

Calling all 'Freaks': Odd art at the Carl Hammer Gallery  
Posted 8/3/11

The Freak Show is in town! Get front row seats to witness a live, graphic history of vintage sideshow banner art presented by Carl Hammer Gallery (740 N. Wells Street). Large banners hang from the gallery’s floor to ceiling and suggest a walk on the wild side of circus life, the side of humans with abnormalities. A four legged lady, a human unicorn, and a tattooed girl were displayed as freaks and these banners were their billboards. Most notable banner painters, Fred Johnson and Snap Wyatt, set... [more]

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