Posts tagged "controversy"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Art Loop Open Reinstates Bernard Williams

The same day that I published my article detailing the controversy surround the disqualification of Bernard Williams from the final round of voting in the Art Loop Open (ALO), Mr. Williams was reinstated in the competition.  Unfortunately, Mr. Williams has missed several crucial days of voting, weekend days moreover, which puts him at a disadvantage. ... Read more »
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Controversy Surrounds Art Loop Open

**As of about 1:30 CST, 10/26/10, Mr. Williams was reinstated into the Art Loop Open final 10** It’s always great to see the artistic community come together for a common cause, a fundraiser or a community project.  But it’s unfortunate that the artistic community had to band together to protest the disqualification of one of... Read more »

Interview with Tony Tasset, the Artist Behind the "Eye"

I’ve written a lot about the newest sculpture in Chicago’s Loop, Eye by Tony Tasset.  At the unveiling, now weeks ago, I had the chance to talk with the artist himself, Tony Tasset. The interview with Tasset is available to read on ArtSlant.

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 »
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