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CHICAGO — It is the duality of indigo’s beauty and its intimate connection with human degradation that artist Jovencio de la Paz explores in his current exhibition of batik works.

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Destruction or piecemeal sale seemed the ultimate fate of Chicago’s hologram museum, until the announcement on June 7 that its entire holdings were acquired by Chicago Holography Museum Rescue Mission through an anonymous benefactor.

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Painting with Toxic Sludge

by Allison Meier on March 26, 2015

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To experiment with an alternative method for remediation, a scientist and an artist are collaborating on turning the acid runoff from Ohio’s abandoned coal mines into pigments.

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Post image for Obama’s Presidential Library May Gobble Up Historic Chicago Parkland

Is it wrong to commandeer space intended for public enjoyment to bolster a political legacy?

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Post image for Is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Really Giving Kanye West an Honorary Doctorate? [UPDATED]

In a recent interview with the French design blog Clique, noted college dropout Kanye West claimed that he is “getting an honorary doctorate on May 5th from the Art Institute of Chicago.”

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Reading Between the Lines

by Philip A Hartigan on February 4, 2015

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CHICAGO — The first thing that strikes you about Randi Russo’s show of paintings at Thomas Masters Gallery is the lines, swirling and looping around every canvas like an automatic drawing taken to an extreme degree.

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Post image for Chicago Park Advocates Fight ‘Star Wars’ Museum with the Force (of the Law)

“The Preservationists Strike Back” could be the title for the latest episode in the saga of Star Wars director George Lucas’s planned $300 million Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts on the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago.

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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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