Posts tagged "politics"

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 »

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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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 »

Chicago Needs a Living Daumier, Cont'd

This week we have been discussing Honoré Daumier‘s art, which incorporated his satire of Parisian politics and society.  Given the state of Chicago and Illinois politics, I think this is the perfect time for Chicago’s artists to take up Daumier’s mantle and mock, to provoke recognition and change.  Even better, it seems that many artists... Read more »

Chicago Needs a Living Daumier

Honoré Daumier was a 19th century French artist who caricatured contemporary French society; its politicians, its bourgeoisie and its social behaviors.  In 21st century Chicago we need Daumier’s spirit to live again.  We certainly have enough to mock. Honoré Daumier. “Self Portrait.” Cast 1956. Daumier’s artistic output was dominated by his printmaking (he produced over... Read more »
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