Recommended Fall Season Art Openings

This Friday the new art season kicks off with a host of openings.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry, I've got some suggestions for narrowing down the list.

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Also aiding the wondering gallery-goer is the return of the free "art trolley," that will stop at locations in River North, West Loop and East Pilsen, courtesy of Art Chicago and Chicago Gallery News.  Check the link for times and pick-up locations.

These are by far not the only things happening on Friday night, ArtSlant Writer Robyn Roulo also picks some art events that are just outside the mainstream, as she puts it, in case "the wine and cheese experience is not your thing."

These are some of my Fall Season picks, via ArtSlant.  The rest of the ArtSlant: Chicago staff also picks their favorites, so check out the article for more to do.

Unless you have been living in a cave on Mars with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears, you've heard of Luc Tuymans
(looking like an artist, at left). But unless you're making regular
trips to New York City or across the ocean, his work may as well be
shown on Mars--I know I've had a difficult time seeing his art. Tuymans comes to Chicago via a major exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, opening October 2nd.  

When it comes to bucking the trend, Golden Gallery
has been doing it and doing it well.  They opened their space on
Newport Avenue just when the Great Recession was starting to raise its
ugly head.  They've already kicked off their new season and third year
of operating with  a show by Patricia Treib. And now they've opened the Golden Gallery Auxiliary Space.  This year's schedule promises an even wider focus, showing artists from Los Angeles and New York City.

ArtSlant Writer Erik Wenzel once called The Arts Club of Chicago "Chicago's most secretive major exhibition," and I agree with him.  This club has been around since 1916 and was the site of Picasso's first show in North America, but only recently got a website.  This season they've announced a show for Chris Ofili,
opening September 28th, another major international artist who is hard
to follow in the States and the Midwest.  Hopefully whatever they show Mayor Daley won't have cause to complain.

I was first introduced to the work of Wendy White in the kitchen of renowned apartment gallery 65GRAND.  The next time I saw her work was in the pages of Art in America. Andrew Rafacz Gallery
opens up their new season on September 10th with a solo show of White's
work titled, "French Cuts."  Watch for my review of it on ArtSlant:
Chicago, September 21st.

Speaking of 65GRAND, they will return in September to kick off  the new season,  after last year's unfortunate run-in with the City of Chicago that eventually led to the gallery's closure
due to lack of a business license and the inability to obtain one due
to bureaucratic contradictions and ineptitude.  To inaugurate the new
season, they will be showing the work of Brian Kapernekas, though a date has not yet been set for the opening.  Check ArtSlant for more information as it becomes available.

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