Posts tagged "public art"

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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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 »

Shepard Fairey Interview

Photo: Jonny Cournoyer
Before he started spinning records at Art Chicago’s preview party, I had a few minutes to actually sit down and talk with Shepard Fairey.  Fairey and I were able to cover a lot of topics in a short period of time.  Here is some of our conversation, you can find the rest on ArtSlant. On... 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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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 »

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.

Look Into the Eyeball

Look Into the Eyeball
Like a visitor from another planet, it has arrived: Tony Tasset’s Eye is now fully assembled in Pritzker Park, across the street from the Harold Washington Library.  See the slideshow for all the installation pictures. As you will be able to tell from the photos, the eye itself is constructed of interconnected plates made of... Read more »
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More Tony Tasset Artwork

If you have been intrigued by the giant eyeball which will reside in Chicago’s Pritzker Park in about a month, there’s more artwork by Tony Tasset to see in town. Tasset also has a number of works included in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition “Rewind: 1970s-1990s Works from the MCA Collection,” on view until... Read more »