Munch: Navigating the messiness of his own present

The Munch exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, curated by Jay A. Clarke, brings together approximately 150 works, including 75 paintings and 75 works on paper by Munch and his peers. It is organized around the following themes: loneliness and solitude, the street, anxiety, love and sexuality, death and dying, the bather, and nature. … read more… “Munch: Navigating the messiness of his own present”

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Totally angular

In the Chicago Tribune Alan G. Artner reports that the artists in “Angles in America” at Rhona Hoffman have “found or constructed geometry within the American everyday, and the resulting works prove that geometry can be quirky, personal, unexpected and far from universal.” Thanks, perhaps, to the recent Tomma Abts fanfare, angles are in the … read more… “Totally angular”

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The complex privacy of James Bishop

James Bishop’s relatively rare drawings and paintings—which American poet and art critic John Ashbery once called “part air, part architecture”—combine European and American traditions of postwar art are on view at the Art Institute of Chcago. His approach is marked by a poetic, reductionist tendency in which he creates form through color alone. Inflected by … read more… “The complex privacy of James Bishop”

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Art attacks

Why do grown people physically attack art? In the Chicago Tribune, art critic Alan G. Artner examines the motivations behind art vandalism. “At one end stands Laszlo Toth, the unemployed geologist who in 1972 strode into St. Peter’s Basilica and struck Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ 15 times with a hammer. At the other is Mohammed Omar, the … read more… “Art attacks”

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New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India

Alan G. Artner declares in the Chicago Tribune: “This is a show so full of works embodying meaning that it makes the Western fondness for tacked on ‘concepts’ almost inexcusable. Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs for welcoming Betty Seid, a Chicago-based independent curator (with past ties to the Museum of Contemporary Art and … read more… “New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India”

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