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Seven Artists of the Week – Miami Miami Miami Miami

This week’s picks, courtesy of Ryan. Good luck to all Chicago artists showing at Art Basel Miami Beach this week, make it rain. Cant surf in Miami.

Interview: Shawnee Barton

I recently interviewed artist Shawnee Barton for a short profile piece @ Newcity. Here’s the whole interview here. Lets talk about your new show Artist: Unemployed at LivingRoom gallery, which addresses your experience as an artist during the current recession. How has the function of your practice changed since day jobs started disappearing? On a practical […]

Interview: Brennan McGaffey

Brennan McGaffey quietly maintains one of the most interesting art practices in the city of Chicago, creating interactive, mysterious urban interjections with his Intermod Series. Enjoy the interview, a Chicago Art Review first. Tell me a little about yourself and the history and goals of the Intermod Series. What other projects were involved? Around 1999 […]

Seven Artists of the Week – rebar is short for reinforcing bar

This week’s picks from Ryan. Happy holiday, click images for links. Two Pheobes!

Seven Artists of the Week – Happy Birthday Shannon Stratton

Seven artists of the week, from Ryan‘s picks. Click images for links. Full march!

Future Facing @ Old Gold

With a new address, coat racks, a paneled ceiling and a floor covered in tiny stones, Old Gold has opened again with a one night show featuring the work of Aline Cautis, Josh Mannis and Andy Roche. There was the prevailing social element to the event of the kind expected at one night events, with the work itself giving […]

MiniReview: Dan Attoe @ Western Exhibitions

(Note: I’m catching up on my backlog of shows I attended, photographed, and never wrote about. Enjoy the pictures and the brief summary.) September’s main space at Western Exhibitions featured Paul Nudd, I had wanted to give Dan Attoe‘s show in the second space its own review. The show was quiet, stretching its three pieces for maximum […]

MiniReview: Site Unspecific @ O’Connor Art Gallery

(Note: I’m catching up on my backlog of shows I attended, photographed, and never wrote about. Enjoy the pictures and the brief summary.) At the end of September, Dominican University’s O’Connor Gallery opened Site Unspecific, a group show which included work by Heather Mekkelson, Mara Baker, Adam Farcus, Rafael E. Vera, Brian Yates and Heidi Norton. The […]

MiniReview: Group Painting Show @ Ebersmoore

(Note: I’m catching up on my backlog of shows I attended, photographed, and never wrote about. Enjoy the pictures and the brief summary.) The first show at the new Ebersmoore space was also the last show at the Ebersb9 space. Given the straightforward title of Group Painting Show, and including the work of Amy Mayfield, Howard […]

Weekend Preview: Crash and Bury

Late late late: Future Facing @ Old Gold Return of Old Gold at new location with Aline Cautis, Josh Mannis, and Andy Roche. Friday, November 13th from 7-10 @ Old Gold, 3102 W Palmer Blvd. Existence Value @ Happy Collaborationist Exhibition Space Paul Cowan and Scott Cowan (AKA the Cowan brothers). Saturday, November 14th, 7-11 PM […]

Weekend Preview – I SAID NO CEILINGS

This weekend is pretty neat. :) Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery Golden reopens after a short break with I feel better already, at least I think I do., new work from J. Austin Eddy, one of Chicago’s buzzing up and coming painters. Catch up with him at Fecal Face and catch the show’s opening Friday, November 6th […]

Seven Artists of the Week – Swingin' on the Flippity-Flop

This week’s picks from Ryan, with a double replaced with one from me. Click images for links to more.               Ditch the tom-tom club, lets get bloated.

Melissa Oresky @ Western Exhibitions

Last week I wrote a bit about Eric Lebofsky‘s Superfreaks at the smaller of Western Exhibitions two spaces, with the promise of returning to examine the main space and Melissa Oresky‘s A Wildness of Edges. This here is that. To start with, a few weeks before the opening of her two local shows (she also has […]

Heartland @ The Smart Museum of Art

Heartland is about mid-western art: its existence, its creators and their motivations, its role and its history, and its place in the larger context of American and global culture. If that sounds like too big an undertaking for one show, you’re right – the Smart Museum show is only a  younger sister, the second iteration […]

Weekend Preview – Midwestern Twerk Ethic

Going to do this quick and superficially, since I’m supposed to be out the door already. Quick note: the search term “Liu Bolin” is generating more hits for this website than anything other than “Chicago Art Review,” perhaps because his work looks so well on the tiny images of the internet. If you’re interested in […]

Seven Artists of the Week – We were cured.

Jonathan Runcio, Robert Colescott, Dana Dart-McLean, John Copeland, Gianna Commito, Thomas Bayrle, Brennan McGaffey.

Australia @ Concertina Gallery

Since Logan Square’s Concertina Gallery is pretty fresh and steaming, I’ll introduce their newest show  by introducing the space itself: as I understand it, Concertina Gallery is the apartment gallery lovechild of directors and SAIC graduate students Katherine Pill and Francesca Wilmott, who, along with co-founder and former resident Corina Kirsch and design help from current […]

Weekend Preview – Haughty Canadian Accents

This week’s picks, featuring ebersmoore, Swimming Pool Project Space, Antena, Rhona Hoffman, and Concertina.

Eric Lebofsky @ Western Exhibitions

Here in Western Exhibitions second gallery space and separated (though barely) by frames rather than by posting dates, Lebofsky’s heroes hold themselves well, funny by way of observational comedy and clever by way of creepy absurdity.

Weekend Preview: this gun won’t shoot

Hey, its Thursday and there are some good shows opening this weekend and you will find a list of the best of them below! On Paper @ Gahlberg Gallery With works on paper from Claire Sherman, Felix Malnig, Melissa Oresky (see below), and Robyn O’Neil (also at Tony Wight and recently reviewed here), this new […]