The Chicago Art Blog isn’t defunct, in fact, it’s very active! I’ve moved over my active publishing to the ChicagoNow network. So visit the Chicago Art Blog there:
This week on ArtSlant, I write the Gallery Hop visiting Matt Stolle’s solo exhibition at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, “MODERNISTPHALLUS” and the group exhibition “The Power of Selection, Part 1” at Western Exhibition. There’s a cool music video by indie band Grizzly Bear that you can view, so be sure to check it out! Click here to read the reviews on ArtSlant: Chicago.
This week on ArtSlant.com my interview with Chicago painters Robert Davis/Michael Langlois is featured under the “Rackroom” area. You can go there by clicking here. We talked about the basics of how two painters paint one thing and consider that a joint work, but then moved into their idea of the “metanarrative,” which I found quite fascinating.
Robert Davis/Michael Langlois. Face of God, 2008. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artists.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin points out that Chicago’s central library the Harold Washington Library (seen below) received the dubious honor of being one of the 15 ugliest buildings in the world, according to Travel & Leisure Magazine the publishers of the list. However as both Kamin and the list-makers concede: “The really ugly buildings, as the story accompanying the list says, are the anonymous ones where architects aren’t even trying to make a statement.” Read Kamin’s whole article here.
Image: The Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. Taken by Douglas Kaye, 2005
This week on ArtSlant: Chicago, Erik Wenzel heads out to The Suburban in Oak Park to see a tribute to a recently passed artist, and then visits Andrew Rafacz in West Loop. Then he recommends a book by an artist-turned-porn star. Seriously.
That’s all he wrote.
This week on ArtSlant: Chicago Dan Gunn reviews Luis Gispert’s “You’re my favorite kind of America” at Rhona Hoffman, and Jessica Labatte’s “Bright Branches” at Scott Projects. Then he takes a road trip up to Sheboygan, WI, to visit the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Read it here: http://www.artslant.com/chi/articles/picklist