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  • A MIR Tribute: Barbara Crane’s 60 Year Retrospective

    November 27th, 2009 · 11:53 am  →  Blog

    “I keep chasing perfection—the perfect negative, the perfect image, the perfect group of images; it’s the chase that is so exciting, so all consuming.” —Barbara Crane (Foerstner 238). Sometimes I am absolutely overcome with a feeling of intense pride for our city of Chicago; on such a day this week, I stepped out of theRead the Rest…

    William Q. Orchardson’s “Too Good to be True”

    November 24th, 2009 · 1:25 pm  →  Blog

    In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday we thought we would feature William Quiller Orchardson’s Too Good to be True, a painting that contemplates the spirit of giving in addition to featuring abundance and locally grown produce at its best. It is an exceptional painting by an artist who would by the end of his lifeRead the Rest…

    The Legacy of Innovative Sculptor Ruth Duckworth

    November 20th, 2009 · 4:41 pm  →  Blog

    Photo credit: Chicago Tribune Ruth Duckworth, an innovative modernist sculptor, passed away last month at the age of 90. Although one can identify influences such as Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi in her work, Duckworth’s novel use of clay as a sculptural medium radically contributed to widespread sculptural practice.Ceramist Tony Franks recalls, “Ceramics studios acrossRead the Rest…

    Warhol Found in the Closet

    November 19th, 2009 · 1:01 pm  →  Blog

    Proving that some people have more than just skeletons in their closet, a New York woman recently sold a Warhol piece at auction which had been stored next to her coats for more than 40 years. The piece, a self-portrait of Andy Warhol, measures nearly two feet square and captures a pensive artist with hisRead the Rest…

    Hu Chi-Chung’s Poetic Abstraction

    November 16th, 2009 · 10:23 am  →  Blog

    Hu Chi-Chung, Painting 6423 Hu Chi-Chung’s abstract paintings, at once intricate and vast, evoke what Kandinsky revered in art—the Stimmung (“essential spirit”) “which preserve[s] the soul from coarseness; … ‘keys it up,’ so to speak, to a certain height…” (Kandinsky 2). Chi-Chung’s organic forms, poetically suggestive of animal-life and natural materials such as island-chains, mountains,Read the Rest…

    Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse

    November 11th, 2009 · 2:58 pm  →  Blog

    Rodin’s MasterA productive and innovative artist for his time, Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse has been described by the Oxford Art Encyclopedia as “one of the most prolific and versatile sculptors of the 19th century.” During the course of his long career Carrier produced busts, monuments, statuettes, and even designed china for a number of well knownRead the Rest…

    Bankruptcy and Fraud Lead to Art Sales

    November 6th, 2009 · 1:58 pm  →  Blog

    A Collecting Culture Corporate institutions and those that run them often decorate their offices with expensive and rare pieces of art in order to communicate their power and prowess. Like other luxurious details, only the financially successful can afford these pieces of art, conveying the supremacy and exclusiveness of the organization. Beyond serving as anRead the Rest…