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Rhona Hoffman is damned near breathtaking. Ann Nathan is stellar. It's a New Year and there are some excellent shows opening.
Chicago artists are making a difference. There are more artists taking initiative than I've seen in some time. More artist-run, alternative spaces are emerging.
Sad to say I Space's tenure as UIC's gallery outpost is over, a result of cost-cutting. Logic indicates they'll be back. I hope it's soon.
There are three powerful exhibits opening this weekend. Good enough to say: "Screw the cold; there's art to see!"
The divisive and bitter culture war conflicts about race, sexuality, expressive freedom and the role of government in the arts continue to chill the politics of culture, even in the Obama era.
Maybe globalization is the problem. The art schools don't tend to see themselves as Chicago based. They see themselves preparing artists for global art combat.
Their utterly delightful, spectacles and all, Marian/Galatea was Amy Conn. The show is worth it for her alone. But for much else as well.
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?
Instead of seeing art that you know is supposed to be good, you are looking at art that you've likely never seen before. Damn, this is a healthy experience.
For all of art galleries assumed affiliation with creativity, they are a rather conservative bunch. In summer we see more diverse offerings and art.
We all have internal conflicts. Seeing someone else conscientiously explore their dichotomies sheds light on all of our own issues.
Owning art is not a necessity. Galleries are stupid when they create barriers between themselves and their audience.
This is what happens in our compromised economy. To the extent we can, we need to support our local galleries or we won't have many.
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.
No doubt Mary Lou Zelazny is the best, insufficiently appreciated artist working in Chicago today.
A cold night, but some good art on the horizon.
Unfortunately, I sense that there are numerous galleries that are not going to be around much longer. I doubt they have anyone to fault but themselves.
I asked those who receive my ArtLetters to grade Chicago's institutions that exhibit visual art. Here are the fascinating results.
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It's safe to say that the exhibits I've just previewed are superior to what I had to choose from a month ago.
There are 4 exhibits opening over the next 3 days, in different parts of town, on vastly different themes, made out of significantly different materials and they are all damned good.
The best collection of Chicago art resides out of town. That's a shame for us and a shame for our institutions.
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