Chicago Art Digest on CAB (8/9)

I thought it would be interesting to try to round up all the writing on art in Chicago and on Chicago, for the last week or so. I’m calling it the Chicago Art Digest and I’ll try to do it every week.  I’d like to try to include all the writing going on in town and I will surely miss something, so please add it here in the comments when/if I do.

60 Inches From Center

“On Public Art: Catching up with Pawn Works”– Interview with Pawn Works about their “Skewville” show, their gallery, and public/street art generally. (Nicolette Caldwell)

BUILT: An Interview with Tristan Hummel “- Interview with Tristan Hummel discussing his BUILT project where artists take over and transform shipping containers. (Nicolette Caldwell)

The Great Suburban Frontier “- Interview with Michelle Grabner about her gallery/project space The Suburban (Zachary Johnson)

“Uta Barth” at the Art Institute of Chicago [Review]- Quote: “the range of possibilities that a singular moment and a particular manifestation of light affords” (Claudine Isé)


Infinite Tundra” Holly Murkerson at Julius Caesar- Quote: “Murkerson’s thesis should be familiar to anyone who writes on the regular, and for whom engaging with unrestricted creative thought is part of the gig.” (Steve Ruiz)

Antena & Miguel Cortez“- Profile of Miguel Cortez and his Antena gallery. (Joel Kuennen)

Interview with Mark Bradford“- A conversation with the artist showing at the MCA currently. (Abraham Ritchie)

The Worst and Best Public Art in Chicago This Year (so far)“- A review of the year so far in public art. (Abraham Ritchie)

Bad at Sports

Episode 310: Ben Fain (Podcast)

Chicago Art Magazine

Forever Marilyn and the Permanent State of Privatized Public Art in Chicago“- Quote: “Such sculptures represent the growing trend toward the privatization of public art.” (Jeff Huebner)

NMMA: Free Since 1987 / NMMA: Gratis Desde 1987“- Spanish/English article/interview on the National Museum of Mexican Art. (Diego Nava)

Chicago Tribune

Julius Caesar: Small, but mighty“- Profile of Julius Caesar gallery and its directors. (Sean Francis)


“Art Break: Plugging In”-Jennifer Keats starts up a Digital Artist-in-Residence at Columbia College (Jason Foumberg)

“Review: Calculated Aesthetic at Alderman Exhibitions”– Quote: “what it might look like if Ellsworth Kelly did a mural for the Death Star airport.” (Bert Stabler)

“Review: Go Do Good at Chicago Photography Collective”– Quote: “everything and everyone are resolutely goody-goody to the max.” (Michael Weinstein)

Review: Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945 at the Art Institute of Chicago“- Quote: “as the Nazi armies were driven back, there is that dark, cantankerous Russian sense of humor that the war propaganda of other nations just can’t match.” (Chris Miller)

Review: Underground at Woman Made Gallery“- Quote: “Perhaps by political necessity this is a highly inclusive show, and so the quality fluctuates, but the overall exuberance makes for a memorable experience.” (Bert Stabler)

Review: Ralph Eugene Meatyard at the Art Institute of Chicago“- Quote: “proclivities for the surreal suffused with Southern gothic.” (Micheal Weinstein)

Review: Gift of Hope at the Swedish American Museum“- Quote: “An exhibition of pictorial art can best present the beauty, power and satisfaction of myth—which this does very well.” (Chris Miller)

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