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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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Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting

Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting
  David Brandon Geeting is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has an interest in creating art from mundane, everyday objects.  Geeting moved from his home state of Pennsylvania to New York in order to pursue his BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, which he completed in 2011.  His photography made its first appearance in Chicago earlier this year while taking part in the group show,... 

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,... 

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August
It’s hard to believe we’ve just survived the rainiest July in Chicago history. Fortunately for us, as the rain lets up, the art keeps pouring in. To help you enjoy summer in Chicago to it’s fullest, we’ve put together the latest digital installment of our Summer Art Guide. Click the image for a downloadable PDF and enjoy everything August in the Windy City has to offer. Designed... 

Teenage Blockbuster

Teenage Blockbuster
Emily Souers. 2011. Mixed Media. Marwen, River North, Chicago. (Photo Credit: Katie Rodrigues) On Friday June 18th, Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. A three-year-old program, it is offered to Marwen students who wish to work on a single art project over the course of three 8-week terms. Open to Marwen’s most advanced high... 

Constructing a New Identity: A Look at Margaret Wharton’s ‘Constructions’

Constructing a New Identity: A Look at Margaret Wharton's 'Constructions'
The weather last Friday was—unsurprisingly—cold enough to make many Chicagoans wish they lived somewhere a little closer to the equator. But the inside of the Jean Albano Gallery was warmer and cheerier than ever, and dozens of Chicago residents flocked to the gallery to catch a glimpse of Margaret Wharton’s new show, Constructions.   One of Wharton's "Constructions." Photo... 

Color Theory: An Interview with Madeleine Reyna

Color Theory: An Interview with Madeleine Reyna
Madeleine Reyna is a young painter living, working, and exhibiting in Chicago. Last Fall, I had the pleasure of visiting her studio in Wicker Park. Entering Reyna’s workspace was a bit like stepping into a birthday party that had just exploded. Expressive, brightly colored works covered the walls, and lent the space a wild energy. Impressed by her creative choice of media and her exploratory... 

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010
Emily Vidal-Hallett, "And She Endangered the Sun," 2010. (Image courtesy of Marwen Staff.) My recent Friday night spent volunteering proved yet again that unpaid work is often more rewarding than compensated labor. On November 5th, Marwen celebrated their 5th annual Art Fair, and I and a friend of mine were there at the coat check to help out. Marwen is an organization that offers art education... 
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