Tag: corruption

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 »

Art and the Blagojevich Trial

Art and the Blagojevich Trial
While the trial of impeached former governor Rod Blagojevich continues today, last Thursday I joined Chicago artist Ray Noland (aka CRO) down at the Federal Courthouse.  Noland and the crew from the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) passed out his Blagojevich-themed cupcakes to promote his upcoming show at the gallery. The cupcakes featured the famous... Read more »

The Artistic Spirit of Satire--Daumier Continued

We’ve been looking at the spirit of 19th century French artist HonorĂ© Daumier this week and last week on the Chicago Art Blog.  Last week we looked at Daumier himself a bit, then we looked at Daumier’s legacy and a Chicago Reader cover.  This week we’ve been discussing the Chicago Aldermen and a recent exhibition... Read more »
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The Artistic Spirit of Satire--Daumier Continued

Last week the Chicago Art Blog was looking at the artwork of Honore Daumier and what Chicago could learn from his legacy and how it could be carried on.  I pointed out a recent cover of the Chicago Reader as a heir to Daumier’s legacy of satire, as well as a bronze bust by Daumier... Read more »

Chicago Needs a Living Daumier, Cont'd

This week we have been discussing HonorĂ© Daumier‘s art, which incorporated his satire of Parisian politics and society.  Given the state of Chicago and Illinois politics, I think this is the perfect time for Chicago’s artists to take up Daumier’s mantle and mock, to provoke recognition and change.  Even better, it seems that many artists... Read more »