Tag: God Bless America

The Colonel Wants Your "God Bless America" Pics

Last week, J. Seward Johnson’s God Bless America was removed from its prominent location on North Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Tribune wants your pictures of J. Seward Johnson’s work. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune) As James Jenga over at Trib Nation notes, “Everyone in the world has pictures in front of this thing.”  “Thing,” indeed.... Read more »

Sculpture Controversy, Pt. 2

Last entry, the Chicago Art Blog revisited the unexpected controversy surrounding a most traditional public sculpture in Chicago.  Chicago Tribune pop culture critic Steve Johnson wrote a feature article on J. Seward Johnson’s God Bless America, a sculpture that is, in his words, a “25-foot-tall knockoff of American Gothic,” that is, the painting by Grant... Read more »

Sculpture Controversy, Pt. 1

Besides Glenn Beck’s try at art criticism, another notable art controversy from last year was much closer to home.  A year ago, J. Seward Johnson’s God Bless America came to Chicago.  The sculpture itself is an enlargement and embellishment of the iconic Grant Wood painting American Gothic, which is in the collection of the Art... Read more »
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