Archive for February 2010

Thank God: "God Bless America" Gone

It looks like the “unknown date” of the departure for J. Seward Johnson’s God Bless America was yesterday, Thursday February 25th. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune) I had to smile when I read James Janega’s description of the event: “Yes, artist J. Seward Johnson’s beloved statue remake of American Gothic on Michigan Avenue was taken down... Read more »

Modern Wing Bombed

If you haven’t heard by now, on Sunday night the Modern Wing of the Art Institute was tagged by graffiti artists, or ‘writers.’ Yes, Renzo Piano’s pristine $294 million addition to the Art Institute has been deflowered.  On Monday, Mayor Daley’s Graffiti Blasters team was outside of the East face of the building sandblasting the... Read more »

Nike Shoes are de Stijl!

If you are in need of new shoes and just happen to be a fan of the early 20th century Dutch avant-garde movement De Stijl then these are the shoes for you. That’s right, these are the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Piet Mondrian.  Named after the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, the shoes follow some... Read more »

Driving Dixie Down: Mall of "Blues Brothers" and Ulrich photos to be Demolished

After starring in film and photo, the continuing Dixie Square Mall saga seems to be reaching a conclusion. According to a Chicago Tribune report, plans have been introduced to demolish the building this March, after the dead mall has stood vacant since 1979.. The Dixie Square Mall holds an interesting place in Illinois history. Located... Read more »

Aspen Mays: Interview and Review

Last week I had the chance to sit down and have a conversation with artist Aspen Mays.  I first encountered her work last year in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA show, where she was a clear standout.  With her upcoming and current exhibitions I was excited to talk to her. Aspen... Read more »

To the Victor go the Spoils

The city of New Orleans, the Saints, and the New Orleans Museum of Art are all winners after Sunday’s Super Bowl. As a result of a wager agreed on by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art, and as winning team of the Super Bowl, the New Orleans Museum of... Read more »

Super Bowl, Sports and Art

Last week the Chicago Art Blog picked up what I called an “Artful Wager,” an agreement between the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art where the winning team/city/museum of the Super Bowl would receive a prominent painting from the other as a loan. The idea for the wager began on... Read more »

February Means Free!

This February has been cold and snowy so far and according to the predictions of a certain groundhog we can expect six more weeks of the same.  But one of the premier cultural institutions in Chicago is free all month, a perfect escape from the cold. I am, of course, talking about the Art Institute... Read more »