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At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION

At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION
Aside from the occasional run in with your favorite curators and artists, or being in the presence of work you’ve only seen in books or online, art fairs can be business as usual–you’ve see one, you’ve seen them all. But as a testament to the energy that Expo Chicago is conjuring, some interesting satellite fairs have newly sprung up this year and by doing so have offered a... 

EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman

EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman
Expo Chicago 2012 Vernissage. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Art lovers, clear your schedules. This week, Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is back for its second year. Art from 125 premier galleries will grace Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, transformed once again by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects into an engaging interior... 
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Chicago Alternative Comics Expo 2013

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo 2013
When CAKE (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) debuted last year, it was the first such festival to take place in Chicago since the mid-’90s. This year, the organizers put together a lineup of more than 200 guests including Onli Studios, whose series Heroes of the Black Age recently celebrated its 20th anniversary; Gabrielle Gamboa, currently adapting the Nathaniel West novel Miss Lonelyhearts;... 

Avant-garde Animation Finds a Home

Avant-garde Animation Finds a Home
Now in its third year, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is the creation of artists Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré. In the coming months, with their help, we will be featuring various animated works from the festival on Sixty Inches. To kick off this collaboration, I spoke with Alexander and Lilli to learn about their passion for animation and their work with Eyeworks. Zachary Johnson... 

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair
The MDW Fair, which began as a collaboration between the Public Media Institute, Document, Roots & Culture and threewalls, is a biannual showcase of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, and artist groups which highlights experimental culture locally, nationally, and internationally. This fun and vibrant gathering of creative souls took place Nov. 9-11 at the new Mana Contemporary Art... 

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II
Vernissage. Expo Chicago 2012. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Last month, about a week before Expo Chicago: The International Exposition of Modern/Contemporary Art & Design opened, I sat down with Tony Karman, Expo’s President and Director, for a preview of the inaugural fair. It might have been easy for some to dismiss those early superlatives as simply hype,... 

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Chicago is known for having a summer full of festivities, but the Chicago Reader has named the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) the Best Public Art Event for their ‘Best of Chicago Poll’. MAAF marked its fourth year this past weekend. For three days Logan Square turned its streets into a first class arts festival that featured over 100 artists, 3 stages of live music, family activities, performance... 

CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Comics in the United States stand out among other art forms as a uniquely stigmatized medium. A simple Google search for “comics stigma” will yield blogs, news sites, and academic articles including the terms unnecessary social stigma, geek stigma, kid stuff stigma, and low status. It’s hard to imagine a major art form in the US advocating a day where you experience it in public to combat its... 

57th Street Art Fair

57th Street Art Fair
There is no better way to kick off summer than going to an outdoor Art Fair; freshly squeezed lemonade, the sun shining, and creativity all around. This past weekend was the 57th Street Art Fair in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Artist from around the country came to display their work from glass sculptures, photography, printmaking, and paintings to jewelry, leather, ceramics and more.... 
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