Posts tagged "sculpture"

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 »

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 »

Richard Serra Sculpture Vandalized

Details of exterior
Last Sunday I discovered that Richard Serra’s Reading Cones in Grant Park was vandalized recently. As you can see from the pictures the damage was fortunately inflicted with chalk, thus last night’s rain handily removed most of the chalk. However as you can tell, outlines remain and the patina is not uniform (though it never... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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Giant Eyeball to Invade Chicago

On July 7th, Chicago will be invaded by a three-story eyeball.  There is no word yet whether it will threaten us with death rays. Of course, I am kidding.  What will be coming to Chicago on July 7th is Eye, a three-story sculpture by Tony Tasset.  Tasset is a Chicago-based artist and a professor at... Read more »