Category: Art criticism

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 »

An Art Critic's Questions for Mr. Hu Jintao

via: Chen Zhao
There’s really no way I am going to get a chance to talk to Mr. Hu Jintao, the head of the People’s Republic of China, who arrives in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.  So in light of that reality I thought that I would post some questions here on the Chicago Art Blog that I... Read more »

Controversy Surrounds Art Loop Open

**As of about 1:30 CST, 10/26/10, Mr. Williams was reinstated into the Art Loop Open final 10** It’s always great to see the artistic community come together for a common cause, a fundraiser or a community project.  But it’s unfortunate that the artistic community had to band together to protest the disqualification of one of... Read more »
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Art Loop Open This Friday

This Friday, the Loop will host 191 works of art for the Art Loop Open and you can vote for the winner of the $25,000 grand prize.  Below are some of the works that will be on view. This competition is Chicago’s response to ArtPrize and annual competition in Grand Rapids, MI.  An important difference... Read more »

See CAB on Panel on Art Writing

Please join me this Thursday, September 23rd 6-8 p.m., at the DePaul Art Museum.  I will be on a panel entitled “Form and Content of Writing” about art criticism and writing, hosted at the Stockyard Institute and the DePaul Art Museum. I hope you will join us for conversation and most likely some debate. 

Rainn Wilson and the LA County Museum of Art

Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his portrayal of “fascist nerd” (Wilson’s own words) Dwight Schrute on NBC’s “The Office,” took over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Twitter feed from Friday afternoon, August 6th, to just before midnight on the following Saturday.  What could have been an interesting opportunity fizzled out like... Read more »
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Ebert on Architecture: Two Thumbs Down

It’s unfortunate that Roger Ebert displays so much discernment and knowledge in the realm of cinema, yet so little in architecture.  On July 12th, Ebert took to his Sun-Times blog to vent about modern architecture in a confused rant that conflates design with architecture, multiple movements of architecture, historical periods, and original masters with their... Read more »

Review of Baldessari at MoCP

“The West Coast is celebrating one of their most important and deserving artists as John Baldessari’s retrospective “Pure Beauty” is currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), through September 12th.  Fortunately Chicago has not been left out in this celebration as the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) hosts “John Baldessari:... 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 »