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Muslim Exhibit DEFACED At The School Of The Art Institute

Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A graduate student's exhibit that addressed racial profiling and violence towards Muslims has been defaced at the School of the Art Institute of Chica...

Happy Birthday Chicago: The Top Ten Things We Love About Chicago On Its 173rd Birthday (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today is Chicago's 173rd birthday--and if we do say so ourselves, the city is looking pretty good. Take away the budget shortfalls and corruption, pus...

'Darker Side Of Light' Exhibit Comes To Chicago: Obsession, Drugs, Violence Explored

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Marilyn Soltis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit The obsessions of a lover, opium dreams, despair of impending suicide, meditations on viol...

Strong Art in the New Year

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Rhona Hoffman is damned near breathtaking. Ann Nathan is stellar. It's a New Year and there are some excellent shows opening.

Fresh Art Breadth

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

Thankful for Good Art

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

An Art Trifecta; Three Excellent Exhibits Open This Weekend

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

There are three powerful exhibits opening this weekend. Good enough to say: "Screw the cold; there's art to see!"

Art and the Public Purpose: Does the Country Need a Cultural Policy?

Nick Rabkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Nick Rabkin

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.

A Schism in Chicago Art?

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

Weekend Off?

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

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.

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?

Summer Art Exhibits Highlight Local Talent

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

Summer Art

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

For all of art galleries assumed affiliation with creativity, they are a rather conservative bunch. In summer we see more diverse offerings and art.

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.

Another Strong Chicago Exhibition

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

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.

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.

Winter Art Season Starts Now

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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.

Voting Results on the Most Popular Art Institutions in Chicago

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

I asked those who receive my ArtLetters to grade Chicago's institutions that exhibit visual art. Here are the fascinating results.

Same Show, New Home: Around The Coyote Fall Arts Festival

Around The Coyote | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Around the Coyote, a 501(c)3 non-profit, supports, promotes and makes accessible Chicago's multidisciplinary arts community. Its activities enhance pu...

Excellent Art Exhibits Opening this Weekend

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

It's safe to say that the exhibits I've just previewed are superior to what I had to choose from a month ago.

4 Good Exhibits Open Over 3 Days

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

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 Passion of an Exemplary Art Collector

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

The best collection of Chicago art resides out of town. That's a shame for us and a shame for our institutions.