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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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The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford
Image courtesy of the artist. Currently at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, The Neo Negro features new work by James Britt that utilizes humor and absurdity to pose questions about our relationship to popular culture and the icons that play a part within it. Just as we often attempt to insert ourselves into these scenes, Britt as his alter ego S’emaj L’rea has made his smiling image consistently... 

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.... 

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler
Time and time again we have seen efforts to expose the artist’s studio through exhibitions, open studios and technology (photos, videos, etc.), yet still the studio processes of many artists remain concealed. Many of the attempts, errors and experiments are locked within studio walls, and hidden out of view behind the final work. This piece, as part of an ongoing series of studio reflections,... 

Sixty’s Top Picks of 2012

Sixty's Top Picks of 2012
As Sixty continues to explore all facets of visual art in Chicago, we asked some of our contributors to reflect back on this past year and discuss the most memorable encounters of 2012. Time Zone – Toby zur Loye Of the Chicago art events that I attended in 2012, a summer exhibition in the Fulton Market District has left the most lasting impression.  Time Zone was on display from June 8-28 in the... 

High Brow, Low Brow, Here Brow, No Brow: A Studio Visit with Paul Perkins

High Brow, Low Brow, Here Brow, No Brow: A Studio Visit with Paul Perkins
  This article was originally posted at Gapers Block on January 9, 2013 by Kelly Reaves. 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 the visual arts happening in Chicago. The goal of these partnerships is to build bridges within our writing community,... 

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... 

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space
  Above a Singer Sewing shop, through a non-descript green door, and up a staircase, you will find the home of Green Lantern Projects. Serving as both a domestic and public space, this apartment transforms to become a multi-faceted realm, housing the Green Lantern Gallery, The Paper Cave Bookstore, The Green Lantern Press, and The Corpse Performance Space- all in one. From printing books, to... 

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives
Alongside and underneath the rail tracks on South Wabash is an exhibit that presents excerpts from a graphic novel of a post apocalyptic world, graffitied gallery walls, and ever-changing cut-paper works. As a part of Pop Up Art Loop’s first Thursday Gallery walk and co-curated by Stuart Hall and Jaba Jones, Gallery @ 220 housed the opening reception for The Blackbook Chronicles: Chapter and Verse.... 
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