Posts in category "Controversy"

Chicago Art Blog on WGN 720, Chicago Tonight

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With the attention around Forever Marilyn dying down, thank goodness, I’ve been sharing my opinion in a lot of places, not all of them on the web.  Here’s the links for those of you that missed the live broadcasts. On July 15th I talked with Mike McConnell on WGN 720 AM about my article and... Read more »

Why Write about Forever Marilyn?

Why Write about Forever Marilyn?
It’s uncomfortable to be informed of an unnoticed or unseen bias.  The first reaction could be resentment: There’s nothing wrong with me, there must be something wrong with you! Another reaction is dismissal: Lighten up, it’s not a big deal. It’s true. J. Seward Johnson’s Forever Marilyn is negligible, it’s a bulky piece of sculpture that... Read more »

Forget "Forever Marilyn"-Chicago has Better

In the hubbub surrounding the installation of J. Seward Johnson’s Forever Marilyn, it’s important to remember that Chicago is home to much better art and artists. If you are checking out (pun intended) Forever Marilyn, you must visit Millennium Park.  As I expressed last night on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” Millennium Park has public art that is... Read more »
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Before "Forever Marilyn," Sculptor Did Hardcore Porn

Before Forever Marilyn was plopped down in Chicago, in 2010 it came to light that J. Seward Johnson had six giant sculptures fabricated (supposedly) of the brother of the Sultan of Brunei in various explicit sexual positions, picked out from the Kama Sutra. (As a spokesperson for Johnson stated, the Kama Sutra sex positions are... Read more »

Giant Marilyn Monroe is Creepy, Sexist

Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / July 12, 2011
If the last two J. Seward Johnson sculptures have just been simply bad, Johnson’s latest kitsch-extravaganza to occupy Pioneer Plaza is downright creepy and sexist.  It’s a giant Marilyn Monroe holding down her dress from the famous subway scene in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955).  Move to the rear and you get a view of... Read more »

Art Chicago Announces New Director for 2012

Art Chicago announced on June 28th that it had appointed curator Staci Boris as Director for Art Chicago 2012.   Boris has been a curator at both the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), and later at the Spertus Institute.  Boris was an Associate Curator at the MCA prior to the move to its current... Read more »
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Ai Weiwei Released on Bail in China

Yesterday I was pleased to learn via Twitter from the BBC and the Tate museum that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei had been released. The Chicago Art Blog has been following his situation and how Chicago’s cultural leaders responded.  Mr. Ai is reportedly in good health, though he has lost weight.  Ai suffers from diabetes and there was... Read more »

Northwestern Poised to Demolish Architectural Masterpiece

Tomorrow it seems all but certain that Northwestern University will receive a demolition permit for old Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by modern architect Bertrand Goldberg, even as the Art Institute of Chicago plans to celebrate that architect’s work in a exhibition slated for early 2012. The threat to the old Prentice Hospital has been closely... Read more »

Art Museums: Should they be about Art or Weddings?

Today’s front page article on the Chicago Tribune about brides and their anger over a new installation at the Art Institute of Chicago has sparked a flurry of discussion both online and offline. The Art Institute describes its new installation, “Restless Rainbow” by Pae White, as a “riot of color and play.” (José M. Osorio,... Read more »
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Art Chicago, NEXT Wrap Up

Well it has been a couple of weeks since the Art Chicago weekend extravaganza and the results are in, as one might say. • My take on Art Chicago is posted on ArtSlant. • Joel Kuennen finds some highlights in the British galleries presenting artwork. • Steve Ruiz spots the trends at the fair. • I... Read more »