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Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2011

As the People Don’t Like to Read Art show at Western Exhibitions proved, people do like to read art–and they will. The following are the top ten Sixty articles that you read (or watched) this past year.

#1  || Hyde Park Public Art 5 of 5

The Spirit of Hyde Park, 2010. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson)

“Taking in the wall, a mix of styles was evident. Bold, abstract patterns mingled with realistic depictions of students and protestors – the meaning was lost on me. “How did the colored circles relate to the children’s choir?” I wondered. What was the meaning behind the original mural? What was it behind the remix? A few weeks later I found myself in the Hyde Park living room of Astrid Fuller, the artist behind the original mural, hoping to find some answers.” – Zachary Johnson
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#2 || On Images and Icons: An Interview With Acclaimed Photographer Steve Schapiro

Steve Schapiro, DeNiro Contact Sheet, 1975. (Photo Credit: Steve Schapiro).

“During that time period, in the ’70s, we happened to have a “golden era” of great films. I was lucky to work on The Godfather films, Taxi Driver, Chinatown, Barbra Streisand’s first movies, Funny Girl and Funny Lady, working with Steve McQueen, and just a whole bunch of actors and actresses who became iconic figures in the entertainment world.” – Steve Schapiro
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#3 || Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow: A Conversation with Matt Austin, Pt. 1

Matt Austin, Self Portrait as an Artist that could Die Tomorrow, 2010. (Image courtesy of Matt Austin.)

“…there’s not just one way of connecting with people. Just because I got a photography degree doesn’t mean that the only way I can connect with people is through photographs. The performance taught me that you don’t need to just connect with people through art. I feel like this is a new revelation that I’ve come to in the past six months or so through traveling, teaching, getting lunches with my mom or dad. It’s all now part of my art practice.” – Matt Austin
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#4 || Creating Community through the Arts

Youth art program at Pros Arts Studio. (Image courtesy of Pros Arts.)

“I’m seeing that the energy is actually in the subcultures, and that it really is a bottom-up phenomenon that we’re trying to engage and to put into practice. What we have is a top-down process–the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the art critics, and so forth… they are supposed to tell you who is good, instead of you telling them who is good. All of our community should be working to promote… should be telling you, “This is who we think is good in this part of the city,” and it bubbles up. I think it’s most prevalent in visual arts.” – Patric McCoy
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#5 || The Fulton Street Collective: An Interview with Director Joe LaNasa, PART I

The Fulton Street Collective, gallery space detail. April 2011. (Image courtesy of Jenny Lam.)

“…we need to not only provide spaces for them to work, but a gallery and event space for them to show their work, and then we have to fill up the space with events; we have to have opportunities for them to have shows to be in. A lot of the people here are just coming out of school, or maybe they didn’t go to school, or maybe they did a long time ago but they’re just getting back into their art, and they’re just developing it. A lot of the people, just after doing it in their living room or spare bedroom, are now getting more serious about their practice and they need to move into a real studio. What does that kind of person need? They need the space to work, the space to play and show their work, and they need the events and opportunities, and then on top of that I think they also need educational opportunities, ways to continue to get better and better and to branch out into other things and learn about other things. That’s the Fulton Street Collective.” – Joe LaNasa
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#6 || The Logan Square Comfort Station: In the ‘Art’ of a Community

Work by David Keel, "Art Show", The Comfort Station, Logan Square, October 23, 2010. (Image Credit: Nicolette Caldwell)

“For years the building dubbed the “Comfort Station” sat empty and untouched, slowly deteriorating. It was not forgotten, however, and this past fall the City of Chicago leased the turn-of-the-century building, newly restored, to Logan Square Preservation, the volunteer organization responsible for the National Historic District and City Landmark District designations of Logan Square and its boulevards. This change of hands marked a new era for the Comfort Station that once served as a refuge for streetcar commuters along Milwaukee Avenue.” – Andrea Sparr-Jaswa
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#7 || 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.)

“…I didn’t understand [my studio] as much as I do now—the spatial character of it—but it’s evolved, and it’s gotten tighter, or better, just like when you get more skilled at something or understand it better. But my early work looks like it does now. I looked around or had these environments, where there weren’t any sort of inhabitants, and that’s when I started to do clothes and jewelry and things to create creatures, and at first it was the last reality. It was always about ‘more.'” – Martin Bernstein
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#8 || The Independent Professional: An Interview with LVL3 Gallery

Susan Giles. Buildings and Gestures. Quarterly Site#4: Registers. LVL3 Gallery. October. 2010. Corrugated cardboard, wood, projection. (Photo courtesy by Vincent Uribe)

“I started LVL3 in February 2010 without much experience in running a gallery. My goal was to create an exhibition space dedicated in supporting collaborative work and group shows in hopes of fostering connections between emerging and established artists. We have had 12 shows since the first opening and have made many important connections.” – Vincent Uribe
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#9 || On Public Art: “An Artist Without Parameters” A conversation with Brooks Golden

Brooks Golden. In the studio. (Photograph by Nicolette Caldwell)

“Seeing your work from a city bus has a different impact then say, drawing some little thing and hanging it in a gallery. It has a completely different connotation and it broadens the audience quite a bit from being this specific type of person that would see it in a gallery space to everybody, kids, grandmothers, elderly people, teenagers. It is an interesting thing—when your work impacts all of these people in say, a negative way, as well as a positive way—because some people hate graffiti, understandably.” – Brooks Golden
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#10 || Sixty in 60: Episode 3 – Chicago Urban Arts Society

“The Chicago Urban Arts Society is more than a gallery. It’s a cultural hub for their community. Founded by Lauren Pacheco, and Peter Kepha in 2009, CUAS is a Not-for-profit exhibition space, residency and community center. Lauren and Peter are brother and sister who having grown up in Brighton Park felt as though many South-side neighborhoods lacked sufficient cultural organizations, so in 2009 they created The Chicago Urban Arts Society to fill that void. Back in October 2010 Sixty Inches From Center visited C.U.A.S. where not only was great art work on display, but a live band played, clowns performed for children, and adults were thrilled by a haunted house. While preparing for their next exhibit the ‘Daley Show’ Sixty Inches From Center was able to speak with Lauren about The C.U.A.S’s role in the community.” – Andrew Roddewig
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