Posts in category "museum"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Rainn Wilson and the LA County Museum of Art

Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his portrayal of “fascist nerd” (Wilson’s own words) Dwight Schrute on NBC’s “The Office,” took over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Twitter feed from Friday afternoon, August 6th, to just before midnight on the following Saturday.  What could have been an interesting opportunity fizzled out like... Read more »
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Ebert on Architecture: Two Thumbs Down

It’s unfortunate that Roger Ebert displays so much discernment and knowledge in the realm of cinema, yet so little in architecture.  On July 12th, Ebert took to his Sun-Times blog to vent about modern architecture in a confused rant that conflates design with architecture, multiple movements of architecture, historical periods, and original masters with their... Read more »

Review of Baldessari at MoCP

“The West Coast is celebrating one of their most important and deserving artists as John Baldessari’s retrospective “Pure Beauty” is currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), through September 12th.  Fortunately Chicago has not been left out in this celebration as the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) hosts “John Baldessari:... Read more »

Robyn Roulo Wraps Up Artropolis

This week on ArtSlant, writer Robyn Roulo reflects on her experience at Artropolis over the weekend and what she heard from other dealers there.  You can read Robyn on ArtSlant: Chicago.Robyn also writes about the Lazlo Moholy-Nagy exhibition at LUMA that ends this week and Thea Liberty Nichols reviews “Oaxaca Now” at Marwen, all this... Read more »
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Matisse, Interview with Angel Otero

Over the weekend, the Art Institute of Chicago debuted “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917,” and my interview with Angel Otero, who currently has an exhibition at the Cultural Center, also posted. Installation view of Angel Otero’s “Exquisito” (on right) in “Constellations” at the MCA. Image courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago | Berlin. Erik Wenzel has... Read more »