A Postal Approach to Abstraction

by Philip A Hartigan on September 15, 2014

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CHICAGO — Jordan Scott makes pictures by collaging thousands of vintage postage stamps onto panel and canvas and coating the surface in resin.

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Audrey Ushenko

CHICAGO — Artist Audrey Ushenko literally makes public art.

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CHICAGO — Judith Mullen’s new work consists of sculptures and paintings that look like detritus, like the sort of thing that accumulates in rivers or forest floors after heavy storms: swirls of leaves, bark, wood chips, pine needles, things discarded by humans, whipped together by wind and rain to float indolently on the wet and dry surfaces of the world.

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CHICAGO — Joshua Kent stands barefoot, his palm outstretched and relaxed, in it a mid-size rose quartz crystal nuzzled against a loose pod of soil.

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A new center devoted to the late artist Ed Paschke will open later this month in Chicago, to coincide with what have been the artist’s 75th birthday.

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CHICAGO — At the eastern end of Diversey Avenue in Chicago stands an impressive classical-style rotunda, overlooking a short stretch of parkland that gives way to Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.

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The Curious Thing about #Hashtags

by Alicia Eler on April 2, 2014

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The new web series #Hashtag follows the lives of young queer women in Chicago whose dating patterns and attractions are significantly affected by the technologies that they use and, at times, abuse.

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CHICAGO — Outsider art is an overused, perhaps even misused, term. By a strict definition it refers to someone who makes art outside the official and even unofficial milieu in which artists get training, education, and exhibitions.

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Few cities can rival Chicago for architectural masterpieces, but the past year hasn’t been stellar for preservation. Destruction of the Brutalist Prentice Women’s Hospital started in October, and last week a demolition permit was granted for the mid-century modern Cuneo Memorial Hospital.

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Making Art in the Midwest

by Alicia Eler on December 20, 2013

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CHICAGO — The Midwest is no place for haters, slackers, and anyone who can’t admit that they secretly love hot dogs and regularly daydream about living on a farm, or at least somewhere in the woods.

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