Art Chicago Announces New Director for 2012

Art Chicago announced on June 28th that it had appointed curator Staci Boris as Director for Art Chicago 2012.   Boris has been a curator at both the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), and later at the Spertus Institute.  Boris was an Associate Curator at the MCA prior to the move to its current... Read more »

Street Art on a Short Walk

I visited 65GRAND over the weekend and a short walk down Grand Avenue from the Blue line station took a bit longer as I stopped to document all the street art I found along the way.  I’ll identify the artists as I am able, aided by Joseph J. Depre’s Chicago Street Art book.  While I... Read more »

Ai Weiwei Released on Bail in China

Yesterday I was pleased to learn via Twitter from the BBC and the Tate museum that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei had been released. The Chicago Art Blog has been following his situation and how Chicago’s cultural leaders responded.  Mr. Ai is reportedly in good health, though he has lost weight.  Ai suffers from diabetes and there was... Read more »
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Art Chicago Breaks Silence about 2012

Art Chicago Breaks Silence about 2012
2012 is going to be an interesting year for Chicago’s art fairs. With the announcement of newcomer exposition Chicago slated for September 20-23 and the second year of the grassroots MDW Fair, many in the Chicago art community were wondering about the status of Art Chicago. Private speculation about Art Chicago’s fate first started after... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Art Museums: Should they be about Art or Weddings?

Today’s front page article on the Chicago Tribune about brides and their anger over a new installation at the Art Institute of Chicago has sparked a flurry of discussion both online and offline. The Art Institute describes its new installation, “Restless Rainbow” by Pae White, as a “riot of color and play.” (José M. Osorio,... Read more »

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 »
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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 »