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Naoshima: Art and Life in Harmony

Naoshima: Art and Life in Harmony
Traditionally, art and life flowed seamlessly together. To commemorate a historical event, people would carve totem poles or chisel marble statues. To celebrate a graduation or birth, a parent would sew a quilt. In these ways, art was made in response to, and as a part of, everyday life. It’s a familiar story that over time the majority of artists moved away from traditional processes and styles.... 

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.... 

Eyeworks: Make Me Psychic

Eyeworks: Make Me Psychic
This is the first installation of an ongoing series of articles by Alexander Stewart and Lille Carré, founders of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. To launch our series on Sixty Inches From Center, we thought we would start with two filmmakers whose work we took as the “patron saints” of the festival’s curatorial spirit. The first individual is underground legend Sally Cruikshank.... 

Big Ideas: The Artist’s Role Today

Big Ideas: The Artist's Role Today
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. The role of the artist has differed throughout time and place. He or she has been a craftsman, an illustrator of texts, a decorator of religious structures, a luxury goods producer, a rebel, and the savior of mankind, among countless other types. As culture has changed, so has the artist’s role;... 

Avant-garde Animation Finds a Home

Avant-garde Animation Finds a Home
Now in its third year, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is the creation of artists Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré. In the coming months, with their help, we will be featuring various animated works from the festival on Sixty Inches. To kick off this collaboration, I spoke with Alexander and Lilli to learn about their passion for animation and their work with Eyeworks. Zachary Johnson... 

Big Ideas: The Future of Art

Big Ideas: The Future of Art
This article kicks off Big Ideas, a new series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. In college I was told again and again that the avant-garde is over. Art is no longer focused primarily around advancement, progress, and originality. Since the early 1970′s, art’s only rule has been “anything goes”. I quickly fell into the thinking of some historians that if artists... 

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... 

The Man Behind the Murals

The Man Behind the Murals
After first glimpsing the work of Mental 312 from the Green Line in the winter of 2010, I’ve been on the lookout for more of the street artist’s large artworks. On foot, El, Metra, and CTA bus, I’ve come upon Mental’s bold colors and distinct style all over the city. Last month I finally caught up with the man behind the murals and talked to him about his process, inspiration, and ideas for... 

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition
On Friday June 16th Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. Now in its fourth year, 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 schoolers, students must apply and be accepted into the program. One of the greatest pleasures... 
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