Category Archives: Commentary

Donald Young, of Donald Young Gallery, Dies at 69

Very sad news for Chicago. Donald Young, a Chicago art dealer who represented many of contemporary art’s premier figures over his decades-long career, has died. He was 69 years old. His death was confirmed by his gallery. No details were available. In 1983, Young opened the Donald Young Gallery, which was one of the first […]

A Review of Chicago Art Review

A few months ago I asked Corinna Kirsch to trade blog posts with me. It’s been a while, but seeing that I’ve lately been busy on another project, and so haven’t generated much content for this project, and given that Ms. Kirsch has been so kind as to send me something to post, please enjoy […]

Interview on Bad at Sports blog

You may have noticed that writer Thea Liberty-Nichols has been publishing a series of interviews with Chicago’s art writers over on the Bad at Sports blog, and that she was kind enough to include an interview with me about Chicago Art Review. If you’re curious about the history of this website, what goes on behind […]

Thought on the 50 Aldermen Project / The Daley Show

Last year, Wicker Park gallery Johalla Projects organized a show titled 50 Aldermen, 50 Artists. The show was as direct as its title suggested: fifty artists each selected or were assigned one of Chicago’s city aldermen to use as the subject of a portrait. Artists were determined by an open call – entry fee, first […]

Propeller Fund Announcement (edited version)

The Propeller Fund is an awesome project launched this year by Gallery 400, UIC, threewalls (with funding through the Andy Warhol Foundation) which has made good on its promise to distribute $50,000 is funds to fifteen independant, self-organized, and Chicago-based art projects. The full list of winners is here, but I’ve trimmed down some of the language […]