Posts tagged "Culture"

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 Chicago Breaks Silence about 2012

Art Chicago Breaks Silence about 2012
2012 is going to be an interesting year for Chicago’s art fairs. With the announcement of newcomer exposition Chicago slated for September 20-23 and the second year of the grassroots MDW Fair, many in the Chicago art community were wondering about the status of Art Chicago. Private speculation about Art Chicago’s fate first started after... Read more »

exposition Chicago to bring new Art Fair in 2012

By now it’s not exactly news, but last week the Chicago art world was taken by surprise when a new art fair was announced.  Exposition Chicago will launch at Navy Pier on September 19-23 of 2012. A few significant facts can be gleaned from the press release sent out by exposition Chicago (yes, lower case... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

An Art Critic's Questions for Mr. Hu Jintao

via: Chen Zhao
There’s really no way I am going to get a chance to talk to Mr. Hu Jintao, the head of the People’s Republic of China, who arrives in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.  So in light of that reality I thought that I would post some questions here on the Chicago Art Blog that I... Read more »

Art Loop Open This Friday

This Friday, the Loop will host 191 works of art for the Art Loop Open and you can vote for the winner of the $25,000 grand prize.  Below are some of the works that will be on view. This competition is Chicago’s response to ArtPrize and annual competition in Grand Rapids, MI.  An important difference... Read more »
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Fall Season First Impressions in West Loop

Over the weekend, the new art season began with a slew of openings all over town. The images in the slide show are from opening night and show some of the work on view.  From ArtSlant:  It always strikes me as ironic that the most popular day for art, the beginning of the art season’s... Read more »