Category: Chicago Art Blog

exposition Chicago to bring new Art Fair in 2012

By now it’s not exactly news, but last week the Chicago art world was taken by surprise when a new art fair was announced.  Exposition Chicago will launch at Navy Pier on September 19-23 of 2012. A few significant facts can be gleaned from the press release sent out by exposition Chicago (yes, lower case... Read more »

Northwestern Poised to Demolish Architectural Masterpiece

Tomorrow it seems all but certain that Northwestern University will receive a demolition permit for old Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by modern architect Bertrand Goldberg, even as the Art Institute of Chicago plans to celebrate that architect’s work in a exhibition slated for early 2012. The threat to the old Prentice Hospital has been closely... 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 »
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Art Chicago, NEXT Wrap Up

Well it has been a couple of weeks since the Art Chicago weekend extravaganza and the results are in, as one might say. • My take on Art Chicago is posted on ArtSlant. • Joel Kuennen finds some highlights in the British galleries presenting artwork. • Steve Ruiz spots the trends at the fair. • I... 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 »

MDW Fair Preview

This weekend the MDW Art Fair lands at 3636 South Iron Street on Saturday (1-10 pm) and Sunday (1-5 pm).  I’ll be speaking on a panel at 4 pm, and I was lucky enough to get a preview of the fair as installation was in full swing.  The building itself is fantastic, high ceilings and... 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 »

Chicago Art Blog on WBEZ

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Alison Cuddy on WBEZ’s “848” program about art and activism. I was joined by artist Patricia Evans who showed in the Chicago Cultural Center’s recent exhibition “Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art.” You can listen to my segment from WBEZ’s 848 online and you can... Read more »

Ai Weiwei Detained by Chinese Government

As international artist Ai Weiwei was about to board a plane in Beijing on April 3rd he was detained by Chinese authorities. He has not been heard from since, as of this writing. image via: Benutzer: Hafenbar at de.Wikipedia Those who follow this blog, my twitter stream and my writing elsewhere, will know that I... Read more »
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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 »