Archive for April 2011

Art Chicago, NEXT

Last night was the preview for Art Chicago, newly combined with NEXT this year.  The big news was that Shepard Fairey was in attendance and DJing later in the night.  There was no shortage of star-struck fans waiting for autographs while Fairey played old-school hits like Blondie’s “Rapture” along with vintage hip-hop.  I was able... Read more »

Preview of Art Chicago/NEXT

With MDW Fair just passed, one more art fair (or is it two?) looms on the horizon: the Art Chicago/NEXT fair at the massive Merchandise Mart. While the Merchandise Mart remains as megalithic as ever, the fair itself has shrunk.  So much so that this year Art Chicago combines with its younger contemporary art-focused counterpart... Read more »

MDW Fair Preview

This weekend the MDW Art Fair lands at 3636 South Iron Street on Saturday (1-10 pm) and Sunday (1-5 pm).  I’ll be speaking on a panel at 4 pm, and I was lucky enough to get a preview of the fair as installation was in full swing.  The building itself is fantastic, high ceilings and... Read more »
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See CAB at MDW Art Fair

I will be speaking on a panel at the MDW Art Fair, April 24th, 4 pm.  The fair will be held at 3636 South Iron Street and starts at 1 pm on April 23rd. The panel will be chaired by independent curator Britton Bertran (curator of last year’s “New Icon” at LUMA). Entitled “A New... Read more »

Chicago Art Blog on WBEZ

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Alison Cuddy on WBEZ’s “848″ program about art and activism. I was joined by artist Patricia Evans who showed in the Chicago Cultural Center’s recent exhibition “Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art.” You can listen to my segment from WBEZ’s 848 online and you can... Read more »

MCA Joins Call to Release Ai Weiwei

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, (MCA) has joined with museums around the U.S. in calling for Ai Weiwei’s release. See the next page for their official statement. The director of the MCA, Madeleine Grynsztejn, has signed the online petition calling for Ai’s release, as has Michael Darling, MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator.  This... Read more »
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Shepard Fairey to create "special project" at Art Chicago

Art Chicago announced last week that Shepard Fairey, street artist and creator of the iconic HOPE poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, both seen below, will show at Art Chicago (4/29-5/2) and creating a special installation for it. Unfortunately I don’t know what Fairey will come up with, the press release for the event only... Read more »

Ai Weiwei Detained by Chinese Government

As international artist Ai Weiwei was about to board a plane in Beijing on April 3rd he was detained by Chinese authorities. He has not been heard from since, as of this writing. image via: Benutzer: Hafenbar at de.Wikipedia Those who follow this blog, my twitter stream and my writing elsewhere, will know that I... Read more »