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Digging into the Mine(d) Museum

by Thea Liberty Nichols
    Native Chicagoan Bernard Williams not only has had two concurrent exhibitions up—“Mine(d) Museum,” at McCormick Gallery and “Blanket Paintings,” in Rogers Park at Iceberg Projects— he is also a featured artist for Chicago Artists Month. For those familiar with his work, some pieces in “Mine(d) Museum” (which closed over the weekend) hint at his previous large-scale sculptural installations, which feature intricately cut and pieced together sheets of wood, layered one over the other. ... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 10/18/10
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Abstract Expressionism, Reconsidered

by Abraham Ritchie
        The year 1959 is the theme and title for the exhibition currently on view at McCormick Gallery until mid-August.  The works on view are all gathered from that year during the heyday of abstract expressionism, and likewise they are all abstractions.  In the case of this exhibition, that other term, “action painting” (as coined by art critic Harold Rosenberg) is also important to keep in mind. Norman Bluhm, Untitled. Watercolor and gouache on paper. 1959, 30 x 22 inches. Courtesy... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 6/22/09