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Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds

Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds
Xiaowei Chen manipulates minute ink lines into vast expanses and surreal scenery. Chen’s solo exhibition, “Above and Beyond the Clouds,” curated by Jiankun Xie at the Research House for Asian Art in Bridgeport, Chicago, literally revolves around her vast and exquisite drawing, Detached Clouds (1.2m. x 32 m.), which spreads almost the entire length of the gallery. The drawing serves as the focal... 

“Art Is a Way of Life”: An Interview with Martin Bernstein

“Art Is a Way of Life”: An Interview with Martin Bernstein
Martin Bernstein's studio. Entry to "the paint room." November 2011. (Image courtesy of Andrew Roddewig.) Martin Bernstein’s studio is probably one of the best artist studios you will ever visit in your entire life. At least, any artist studio that elicits the seemingly universal reaction of “Whoa. It’s like Pirates of the Caribbean in here…” deserves accolades. To describe... 

October Guide to Chicago Art

October Guide to Chicago Art
This week might feel like Indian summer, but fall has officially begun. With all the orchard trips, haunted houses, corn mazes, and candy corn binges comes a great month for art. After all, every October in the Windy City is Chicago Artist’s Month. The sheer number of art events can be daunting, so not to worry, we’ve whipped up another one of our art guides filled with our favorites. Click... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 15th – 17th

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 15th – 17th
By now, you know the drill. Weekend. Art. Repeat. FRIDAY || July 15, 2011 The Chicago Project IV Opening Reception The Chicago Project IV is a bi-annual exhibition selected from participants in the online gallery. Artists include Matt Austin, Justyna Badach, Jeremy Bolen, Dan Bradica, Troy Flinn, Lenny Gilmore, Wm. Bradley Johnson, Nate Mathews, Bill O’Donnell, TJ Proechel, Charlie Simokaitis... 
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All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II
Balancing the integrity of an artist with the acumen of a businessperson, distinguishing between Pilsen and Bridgeport, and telling misguided young artists that their work is mediocre at best… no topic is off limits for the owner of 4Art Inc. Gallery. What follows is the second part of my conversation with Robin Rios in anticipation of her gallery opening on Friday, March 18, from 7-10pm. Read PART... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I
Robin Rios is the owner and founder of 4Art Inc. Gallery, currently located in the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. I had interned at 4Art during Summer 2008 in its original Pilsen location, marking my fortuitous foray into what I had feared was the bureaucratic cult that is the art industry, only to be greeted with friendly tattooed arms, a refreshing lack of pretension, and home-grown vegetables... 

…four blocks south and one block west.

…four blocks south and one block west.
Rhonda Gray is an arts educator at DuSable Museum who is getting her Masters in History.  Kudzai has a successful history with the marketing, branding and advertising world.  Dana Todd-Pope is a super-stylish former model, now mother of three beautiful children–her oldest, who I call Lady Em, is so cute and vibrant that she could have her own TV show.  While they are all independently successful... 
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