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Art Work Ethic

Paul Klein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

After the cacophony of last week's season opening exhibitions across the city of Chicago, there are three impressive, divergent openings tonight.

Cultural Bounce

Paul Klein | Posted 10.14.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Some culture is homegrown and organic. That is what I experienced a couple of days ago at the Slow & Low Lowrider Festival.

L.A. Art Conflict?

Paul Klein | Posted 12.02.2011 | Arts
Paul Klein

Theaster Gates' show at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary of Art is powerful and exemplary -- and totally incongruous in the context of the other art in the 40,000-square-foot former police station that is the Geffen Contemporary.

Profundity at the MCA?

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

What we're seeing here is theoretically major. Chicago art holds its own against art of globally acknowledged stature. Is this the opening salvo in the War to End Cookie-Cutter Museums?

OK is the New Awesome

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Chicago galleries are doing an insufficient job of responding to the needs of the community. The art world is evolving, becoming broader, more democratic, more internet savvy, and the existing and arcane support structure remains old school.

With ArtChicago a few Weeks Away, Art in the Galleries is Improving

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

We all have internal conflicts. Seeing someone else conscientiously explore their dichotomies sheds light on all of our own issues.

New Art Openings

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Owning art is not a necessity. Galleries are stupid when they create barriers between themselves and their audience.

A New Batch of Solid Exhibitions

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

It's so very nice when a public institution gets it right, which is what happened at the State of Illinois Museum at the Thompson Center.

Some Excellent New Exhibits This Time Around

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

No doubt Mary Lou Zelazny is the best, insufficiently appreciated artist working in Chicago today.

Strong Exhibitions Opening

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

A previous ArtLetter surveyed our readers and they graded the Cultural Center the highest. These shows will help you understand why.

New Art in the New Year

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

A cold night, but some good art on the horizon.