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One Year On, Is Theaster Gates Reimagining the Modern Museum at the Stony Island Arts Bank?

by Lindsey Anderson
I first visited the Stony Island Arts Bank about six months ago, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in April. As I approached the building, I was struck first by the sunlight slanting through its massive stone columns, second by how much it stood out from its surroundings. It looked as if the Field Museum had a child—a rebellious teenager—who snuck away from Chicago’s Museum Campus in the middle of the night to start a new life on a sleepy South Side street. And, in a sense, that’s kind... [more]
Posted by Lindsey Anderson on 9/22/16
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In the Bank: Carlos Bunga Resists Market Complicities in Theaster Gates' Newest Venture

by Stephanie Cristello
By now, many will have read Ben Davis’ piece on , a piece of social and market criticism that takes on Chicago artist Theaster Gates’ newest endeavor: the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, a part of the Rebuild Foundation. It is a piece that necessarily traces the social implications of the newly minted space within the larger space of Gates’ practice, and Chicago itself, using Gates’ relationship to Mayor Rahm Emanuel as its central lens through which to look at the implications of the... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 10/9/15
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Reflections, Controversy, and Relief: Pepper’s Best of… 2013

by James Pepper Kelly
  Best reflections of America : Emily Severance & Helmut Heiss at slow, produced in partnership with ACRE and with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts, and Culture, April 6-26 Slow is what happens when an apartment gallery evolves. The Pilsen-based venue pairs contemporary art with intricate homebrews, and visitors can enjoy straight viewing in the gallery or extended dialogue in the dimly lit back living room and kitchen. When all this coalesces, it’s... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 1/2/14
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Required Reading, Required Viewing: Best of Chicago Exhibitions, 2013

by Stephanie Cristello
Stephanie Cristello takes a look back at 2013 to survey the most groundbreaking exhibitions that presented themselves this past year. Amalia Pica | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Was there anything more visually and conceptually stimulating than Amalia Pica’s solo exhibition at the MCA in 2013? This was truly an impressive survey by the Argentinian-born, London-based artist, whose aesthetics fly under the radar in such an amazing way. Whereas the theme and subject of color is often a... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 12/27/13
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Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then

by James Pepper Kelly
–Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) in Bronzeville, taps into both the past and the present. In the show, the work of seven contemporary artists is presented alongside pieces from nine artists from the SSAC’s permanent collection. According to the promotional write-up: Recess is a group exhibition that uses images associated with youth... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 10/18/13
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The Sovereign of the Lakes

by James Pepper Kelly
On a humid Thursday, shortly before sunset, taxis and town cars carrying well-coiffed women and men will converge on 600 East Grand Avenue. There, joined by a crowd of somewhat lesser personages on foot, they will step into the belly of the beast: Navy Pier Festival Hall, as redesigned by Studio Gang Architects. After three hours inside the leviathan, touched by “celebratory food and drink” and saturated with art, they will emerge—the faithful—into the rainy night. The unseen moon will be full.... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 9/19/13
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EXPO CHICAGO: The Start of the Circuit

by Joel Kuennen
On August 21st, the published an article entitled, “For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Circuit.” In it, a great lament for the loss of the fat times when dealers had but to sit in their galleries and wait for buyers to walk through the door. Now, they must trot around the globe, hawking their wares like common international businessmen and businesswomen. Reeling back the snark, traveling is tough; it keeps a person on-edge, off-center but it’s an increasing reality for those invested in a... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 9/19/13
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EDITION: An Intimate Fair

EDITION Chicago is a new art fair put together by Andrew Rafacz, principal of the gallery that bears his name, and Carolina Jayaram, Executive Director of Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). It’s the inaugural year of the fair, but Rafacz and Jayaram both bring over a decade of experience to the table: Rafacz as a gallerist and art fair participant himself, and Jayaram as an arts administrator who, while living in Miami before coming to Chicago, was heavily involved with connecting the... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/17/13
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The Sophomore Year: An Interview with Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO Chicago

by Thomas Connors
Chicago’s rocky road in the art fair business isn’t such a distant memory. But if the second iteration of EXPO CHICAGO – running September 19-22 – proves as appealing as its debut last year, that history may be finally relegated to the category of old news. As exhibitors put the finishing touches to their booths on Navy Pier, the show’s President and Director, Tony Karman, offers a few thoughts on his state of the art. Tony Karman: First and foremost was forming a selection committee of... [more]
Posted by Thomas Connors on 9/17/13
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Writing on the Image of Mana Contemporary

by Stephanie Cristello
What defines a space if not its imagined intentions? Or, more literally, when does the projected image of a site’s ideal function supersede its realization, and the very thing it projects? Such is the case with Mana Contemporary, an elaborate multi-use art center currently being renovated in Pilsen’s industrial Cermak corridor, which if a shorthand history of shared art spaces were any indicator, would belong to the 19th century Salon in Paris as much as it does to a sleek, atelier-styled,... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 9/6/13
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