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“What Vincent Saw” at The Ryerson & Burnham Library

Ryerson & Burnham Library Reading Room, Art Institute of Chicago. Photo Toby zur Loye In 1950, the Art Institute of Chicago staged an ambitious Vincent Van Gogh exhibition.  With over ninety percent of the paintings being shown in the United States for the first time, the retrospective was a great success, also traveling to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  In the years since that... 

Taking Back Bohemia

Taking Back Bohemia
Talking to an NYU friend on the phone the other day, she brought up the East Village beats on Mad Men. “They remind me of me and my friends in a lot of ways,” she commented. I’d thought the same thing when I saw them. It was easy for me to use the words “beat”, “beatnik”, or “bohemian” when talking about these people from the past, but when I look at my own self and friends, I wonder,... 

Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile

Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile
Avery R. Young getting archived at South Side Community Art Center, May 25, 2013. (Photo by Sixty Inches From Center.) Sixty spent the past two Saturdays on Chicago’s South Side archiving the work of artists and spaces across the city.  One thing you may not know about these events is that they don’t just open the door for artists to have their work included in the archive, but they also... 

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant
A view of Angela Bryant’s Studio. May 2013. (Photo courtesy of the artist.) More time. It is something that so many of us could use. Angela Bryant spends a large amount of her minutes curating and teaching, so finding free moments for the studio always proves to be a challenge. When she does find time, what emerges are paintings that exude the same electric energy that is embedded in Angela’s... 

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

Interrogating Monuments: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Hall of Khan

Interrogating Monuments: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Hall of Khan
Image on top: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, background: Hall, foreground: Maid; Courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center This article was originally published on April 20, 2013 on ArtSlant by writer W. Keith Brown. This article is part of a series of article exchange partnerships between Sixty Inches From Center and other online blogs and journals that have missions similar to ours–to document and support... 

Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic

Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic
Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes’ show Aerosol Supremacy offers an expert demonstration of “can control,” color choice, and formal prowess, but also keen insight on the various influences and multiple histories of graffiti art.  A sort of retrospective for and of the underground, Aerosol Supremacy pays homage to the Chicago graffiti scene. Through demonstrated aesthetic excellence, it also argues... 

An Escort Through Xpressionism

An Escort Through Xpressionism
Xpressionism, curated by famed photorealist painter Harry Sudman, is a beautifully extensive and thorough examination of different artists’ connections to the aesthetic of the erotic, fetish, and kink lifestyle. Sudman’s paintings of women within the Chicago kink and S&M scene are as much works of cultural anthropology as they are respectfully erotic paintings. What separates Sudman from many... 

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. To explore new approaches to wall text, I asked three Chicagoans to offer alternatives to the current style. Below is the second response by Greg Harris, Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum. Writing wall text for an exhibition is one of the trickiest things I do as a curator. The objectives... 

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. In winter of last year, I attended an exhibit with two friends at the Elmhurst Art Museum. As we worked our way through the show, I found myself in a familiar role: wall text translator. The friends I was with are not unfamiliar with art exhibits, and one of them even holds a degree in philosophy.... 
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