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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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We Went To Chicago: The Horrors of Parenthood, The Strength of Drawings

by Robin Dluzen and Damien James on May 19, 2014
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Ana Casas Broda’s photographs of her young boys suckling on her breasts spark quite a bit of discussion. Her work is part of a larger show on motherhood called Home Truths at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Also discussed: William J. O’Brien at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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We Went To … Someplace Else in Chicago

by Robin Dluzen and Pedro Velez on November 19, 2013
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AFC’s Chicago contributors Robin Dluzen and Pedro Vélez ventured beyond the West Loop, opting instead to analyze a selection of those organizations and spaces that pave their own ways: the glorified art walk Brave New Art World; the artist-run, commission-free space AdventureLand; and Roots & Culture, a well-established non-profit gallery that regularly exhibits emerging art.

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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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A Day for Detroit Round Up: Art F City Edition

by The AFC Staff on August 15, 2013
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Good God we were busy yesterday. We spent the day posting images from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection as part of “A Day for Detroit”, a co-ordinated blog effort designed to raise awareness about what could be lost were the collection to be sold. This effort was spearheaded by Modern Art Notes’ Tyler Green and was done in collaboration with approximately 20 other art blogs, who did the same on their sites, as well as some of Detroit’s professional art community. We asked artists, curators and dealers who either once lived in Detroit or live there now to name their favorite works from the DIA and to share their stories.

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