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  • A Conversation with Photographer and Sociologist, David Schalliol

    June 30th, 2010 · 11:25 am  →  Blog

    PART FOUR [Unless otherwise noted, all photographs by David Schalliol, http://www.davidschalliol.com/photography] Jessica Savitz: Why do you like to photograph at night? David Schalliol: There are a variety of personal and aesthetic reasons why I enjoy photographing at night. On the personal side, I am particularly drawn to photographing very late at night because the cityRead the Rest…

    >A Tribute to Chicago Painters, c. Late 19th-Early 20th Centuries

    June 28th, 2010 · 8:37 am  →  Blog

    > Moving to Chicago just a little over a year and a half ago I was unfamiliar with Chicago artists. Loving the artists from my native Minnesota made me curious about the artists of Chicago. The beauty of the city of Chicago and the wonderful geography of Illinois gave me a strong incentive to discoverRead the Rest…

    >Survey of Polish Artists: Part II

    June 24th, 2010 · 11:18 am  →  Blog

    > Many Polish artists, although beginning their studies in Poland, studied and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Three such artists share similar beginnings, all starting their training at the Warsaw Drawing School. Artists Jan Van Chelminski, Jozef Marian Chelmonski, and Wladslaw Czachorski attended the art school in Warsaw in the late 1860sRead the Rest…

    >A Conversation with Photographer and Sociologist David Schalliol

    June 21st, 2010 · 11:22 am  →  Blog

    > PART THREE [Unless otherwise noted, all photographs by David Schalliol, http://www.davidschalliol.com/photography] Jessica Savitz: Your masterful photographs often confront social problems and community change—would you say that your artistic aims are perhaps very different from those of someone like Winogrand, who, in the words of John Szarkowski, “insisted that he was not a philosopher, andRead the Rest…

    >A Budding Art Researcher’s Experience with Unsigned Portrait Paintings

    June 18th, 2010 · 8:59 am  →  Blog

    > My grandfather was an avid collector of fine art and antiques. As he grew older and older, and his hospital bills became larger and larger my grandmother wanted to begin selling his fine art and antiques to help pay for these growing expenses. As I combed through my grandfather’s art and antique collection IRead the Rest…

    >Survey of Polish Artists: Part I

    June 16th, 2010 · 9:08 am  →  Blog

    > The influence of Polish immigrants in Chicago began in the late 1800s, driven primarily by economic and structural change in Poland at the time. Not surprisingly, Polish culture and art took root in the diverse backdrop of Chicago history. The following entry takes a deeper look at some of Poland’s most acclaimed artists andRead the Rest…

    >A Conversation with Photographer and Sociologist David Schalliol

    June 11th, 2010 · 4:48 pm  →  Blog

    > PART TWO [Unless otherwise noted, all photographs by David Schalliol, http://www.davidschalliol.com/photography] Jessica Savitz: It’s hard to sometimes imagine the “B-sides” surrounding iconic photographs—how shocking it is in art history class when you learn that Evans’ famous depression era photograph of Allie Mae Burroughs is shouldered by many other shots within his study. Do youRead the Rest…

    >Alfred Bricher’s Luministic Seascapes in Light of the Hudson River School

    June 8th, 2010 · 10:56 am  →  Blog

    >At MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. we have been fortunate enough to have recently been able to research and assess a painting by Alfred Bricher. The painting, currently at MIR depicts one of his traditional seascape paintings, exhibiting a strong sensitivity to light and atmosphere. Being among the revered 19th century painters, Bricher was a self-taughtRead the Rest…

    >A Conversation with Photographer and Sociologist David Schalliol

    June 4th, 2010 · 8:49 am  →  Blog

    > PART ONE [Unless otherwise noted, all photographs by David Schalliol, http://www.davidschalliol.com/photography] INTRODUCTION While compiling the recent series concerning the oeuvre of mid-century photographer Vivian Maier, I found it compelling to take an in-depth look at the works of David Schalliol, a masterful contemporary photographer currently residing in Chicago. How supremely interesting to witness theRead the Rest…

    >Guy Carleton Wiggins: Snowy Cityscapes and Seasonal Landscapes

    June 2nd, 2010 · 9:21 am  →  Blog

    > Everybody knows Guy Carleton Wiggins for his fantastic New York City snow scenes. The roads littered with taxis, cars, and people, frozen in a moment of time as they embark on their long cold trek through the city. The hustle and bustle of the city captured within the canvas of a Wiggins painting showRead the Rest…