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Palpable Momentum Felt at EXPO Chicago

by Robin Dluzen on September 21, 2014
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When EXPO Chicago started in 2012, the popular opinion was that President and Director Tony Karman had five years to make this fair great. If he couldn’t, it was likely dead in the water. This weekend marked year three of the midwest fair, and exhibitors and attendees remarked on the palpable momentum. 19 Chicago galleries participated, the highest number yet, and EXPO continued to draw galleries from around the world, including repeat exhibitors like New York’s CRG Gallery who has been on board all three years, and Diana Lowenstein Gallery of Miami, who has been exhibiting at Chicago fairs every year since the 90s.

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Recommended Shows: Beyond Chicago EXPO

by Robin Dluzen on September 17, 2014
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CHICAGO —EXPO Chicago week is upon us. Let’s assume you’ll spend at least some small amount of time at the piers for the fair. But let’s also assume you’ll get sick of it. When that happens, check out some of the local exhibitions on our list of recommended shows. Or take the “Art After Hours” program on Friday night shuttle bus tour. It’s free and everyone likes free!

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Chicago Then and Now: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

by Robin Dluzen on August 26, 2014
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This film documents the history of Chicago’s most famous art movement that introduced the world to artists like Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum, and brings to light the lasting effects of the city’s 1960s-era avant garde on contemporary practitioners. In short, you should watch the movie.

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Communal Curiosity in the Suburbs of Chicago: Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum

by Robin Dluzen on August 12, 2014
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Initially, Heidi Norton’s Prismatic Nature at the Elmhurst Art Museum looks very trendy—live plants are all the rage. However, Norton is arguably one of the reasons why there is a plants-in-the-gallery trend in the first place. With the addition of all of this literal and literary content to peruse, Prismatic Nature has a distinct emphasis on research—though not the dry, didactic kind…

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Report From Chicago: Fresh Public Art, and a New Ed Paschke Art Center

by Robin Dluzen on June 24, 2014
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While the Chicago gallery scene mostly checks out for the summer, the city’s art museums and public arts programming tend to pick up the slack—and plenty of it is free and open everyday.

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Jubilant Mood Buoys EXPO Chicago

by Robin Dluzen on September 22, 2013
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Last year’s inaugural EXPO Chicago fair was generally characterized as being slow, but ultimately successful. The 2012 Vernissage, with a handful of exceptions, lacked the kind of frantic early purchasing that typically happens at the other big art fairs. By the end of that inaugural fair, there were many galleries happy with the sales that occurred over the course of the weekend and few grumblings from others, some of which had brought huge, expensive secondary market work that went unsold. This year feels markedly different.

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Report from Detroit: Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead” Opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

by Robin Dluzen on May 15, 2013
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At Friday’s preview, the permanent home for Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead (a formerly vacant lot behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) was behind schedule.

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Intellect and Instinct: Painting the Void and Exhibit, A at the MCA

by Robin Dluzen on March 15, 2013
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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has been on a roll recently. Rashid Johnson’s show “Message to Our Folks” was positively received this summer, as was their blockbuster “Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity.” The MCA is still riding this wave of these successes with two massive exhibitions that are in many ways at opposite ends of the spectrum: the cool authoritarian aesthetic of Goshka Macuga’s “Exhibit, A” on one side, and the gritty, material anarchy of “Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962” on the other.

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Smallness and Sameness at Chicago’s MDW Fair

by Robin Dluzen on November 14, 2012
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“It’s not a fair; it’s an un-fair,” a colleague explained as I arrived at the MDW (pronounced “Midway”) Fair’s opening party last Friday. This statement certainly rang true. Frowning as I brushed drywall dust off my sleeves and pulled my foot out of a hole in the floor, MDW continually reminded me that it was an alternative art fair.

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