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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... 

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012
Who doesn’t love a good year end best of list? It has become an annual tradition for us at Sixty to put together the most read articles on our website as a way to reflect on the art we have seen and the minds we have picked throughout the past year. Making up a large percentage of the tens of thousands of people who perused our website in 2012, the following are the top articles that grabbed your... 

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo
  Watches, Photo Courtesy of Kerri Sherman From the distinctly different works of photographer Kerri Sherman and mixed media artist Camille Iemmolo come two parallel narratives.  One focuses on romanticizing nature and conveying nostalgia for craft and perception, while the other explores surreal disillusionment of childhood dreams not completely coming true.  Perhaps the most remarkable aspect... 

Objectify This: What’s Under the Pink

Objectify This: What's Under the Pink
“Objectify This” Show at Design Cloud, Photo Courtesy of Vanessa Ruiz Design Cloud’s current exhibition Objectify This, curated by Vanessa Ruiz, displays a concentrated emphasis on the feminine body (specifically female anatomy) to issue a pointed, yet refined overview of how women have been reduced to pieces of meat in art and since have transcended the confines of these patriarchal... 

Shota Kawahara’s “Inspiration” Finds an Audience

Shota Kawahara's
Re-Invent Gallery’s current show Inspiration unites clean presentation and progressive work with the intimate and quiet atmosphere of small town America.  Japanese artist Shota Kawahara’s solo exhibition of bright, visually graphic paintings and installation work call to mind the various pieces of artists like Yayoi Kusama and Basquiat, complete with clean lines, bold colors alongside wild, gestural... 

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman
I have been aware of Harry Sudman’s paintings for several years but routinely missed opportunities to view his pieces in person.  After getting in touch with Sudman, we scheduled to meet at his studio in early May to view his paintings and discuss his process.  What I had anticipated to be a brief display of paintings and a quick chat morphed into a three hour, in-depth discussion about the Chicago... 

Morbid Curiosity: Chasing the Light

Morbid Curiosity: Chasing the Light
"Macabre Scene" by Michel de Spiegelaere The new exhibition at the Cultural Center, Morbid Curiosity, features an expansive and surprisingly uplifting overview of diverse cultural meditations upon death. Ranging from an impressive collection of fine art masterpieces to medical specimens, the exhibition underscores the peace and closure garnered from accepting death, rather than the fear and... 

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence
Christopher Shy "Origami Ballerina"   Gallery Provocateur 2125 N. Rockwell St.   When viewing art in a gallery, it is traditional for the gallery to provide a neutral, blank space that will not detract from the art on display. This setting is ideal for clean, crisp works but for exhibitions focusing on more alternative fair, a sterile, sparse gallery would contradict the work to... 
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