Tag: sculpture

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 »

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 »

Reviews of Matt Stolle, Western Exhibitions

What do the indie band Grizzly Bear, the Tsavo Maneating tigers from the Field Museum, the tallest building in the world and Modernism all have in common?  They all are included in my reviews published in this week’s Gallery Hop on ArtSlant. Michael T. Rea’s “Tsavo Manhunters, Part 1” Image courtesy of Western Exhibitions. First,... Read more »
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Winter and Chicago Art

Winter and the Christmas season are here, so I thought that I would venture out into the snow so everyone could enjoy the wintery wonderland from the comfort of their own home.  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Chicago Art Blog!

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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Launch of The Chicago Art Blog

This is the debut of The Chicago Art Blog in its new home on ChicagoNow. I’m Abraham Ritchie and I have been writing the Chicago Art Blog since early 2008.   Like its predecessor, I plan on covering art in a similar way. I’ll be looking primarily at visual art, sculpture and architecture.  But that won’t... Read more »