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June 25, 2013, 8:30am

New Work From Kansas City at Carrie Secrist Gallery

An effort to define “Midwestern Painting” has been a major topic of discussion lately – not a quite debate, but definitely an inquiry.  Carrie Secrist’s recent exhibition New Work from Kansas City, featuring work by Anne Lindberg, Kent Michael Smith, and Paul Anthony Smith, foregrounds an emphasis on site and contemporary practice in the Midwest.  While the press release pushes against a read of “regionalism”, the exhibition suggests otherwise – th

Listed under: Kansas City, Review

October 09, 2012, 8:25am

Geoffrey Todd Smith at Western Exhibitions

Geoffrey Todd Smith recently opened his third solo show at Western Exhibitions entitled Looker. The show features an array of vibrant, uber-meticulous enamel/gouache/ink paintings on panel. The new group of paintings is a slight departure from his previous body of work of edge-to-edge pattern-fields, now employing a larger pattern within the micro-pattern; often these larger patterns resemble the irregular compositions of Gee’s Bend quilts.  In some moments the paintings are strikingly vivid, with neons and vibrating colors that create a push and pull with the foreground and background; other times the paintings are entirely about clever nuances within the surface textures, glossiness, and composition.

Listed under: Review

September 25, 2012, 12:15pm

Expo Chicago Wrap-Up: Part Two

“There’s going to be an EXPO Chicago next year, right?” Chicago dealer Linda Warren asked Tony Karman Sunday at Festival Hall, voicing the concern that all of us are harboring. We were discussing how the fair was unfolding, Karman mentioning that he wished more collectors from the greater Midwest region would have come out and talking about the holes he’d like to fill in the future.

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

September 17, 2012, 7:25am

Gallerist at Home: Monique Meloche

Hip, stylish, and ever-tasteful, Monique Meloche (the founder, owner, and namesake of monique meloche gallery) and her husband live in a contemporary single family home in Ukranian Village, Chicago.  After Meloche and her husband got married and moved into their home, they opened the gallery in that very residence in October of 2000 with an exhibition aptly called "Homewrecker” before opening to the public in 2001.

Listed under: Gallerist at Home

June 27, 2012, 8:15am

Brooks Cashbaugh: Demotic Emolument (of The People, a reward for Good Work)

Few images capturing the essence of American identity can stand the test of time and override the trappings of overuse, celebrity, cliché and kitsch.

Listed under: Review

February 08, 2012, 12:47pm

Breaking News: Next Art Chicago, Canceled

We just received word that the long-running Art Chicago fair, which was going to be combined this year with the NEXT Fair  (with a rebranded name of Next Art Chicago), has been canceled. An email from organizers informs us that, "After a thorough analysis of the art fair landscape, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

February 06, 2012, 8:15am

Joshua Abelow at Devening Projects + Editions

Devening Projects + Editions just opened up a solo show of Joshua Abelow's work entitled Songs From a Room. The exhibition features an assortment of Abelow's small-ish paintings spanning the last four years. I'm a big fan of Joshua's work, and the show is happening at an important point in his career; since his recent move to James Fuentes in NYC and the ever-growing popularity of his obsessively updated blog, ART BLOG ART BLOG, the name Joshua Abelow has been unavoidable.

Listed under: Review

December 16, 2011, 8:15am

VOTE NOW! New American Paintings' Annual Prize: Reader’s Choice Poll

Our final New American Paintings' issue of 2011 is out on newsstands, so it's once again time to ask our readers who they think deserves some extra attention. We are pleased to present the New American Paintings' Second Annual Prize, which includes two components:

Listed under: Noteworthy, Vote!

November 25, 2011, 8:15am

Chicago Works: Scott Reeder at the MCA Chicago

It is difficult to think about Scott Reeder’s work without the word “funny” coming to mind. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago recently opened up with the Milwaukee-native’s first museum show that features his colorful, faux-naïve paintings of smoking fruit, symmetrical pirates, protesting pandas, and humorous still-lives: the usual suspects in Reeder’s art historical and pun-based visual jokes. The exhibition also includes Reeder’s newer untitled spaghetti paintings, made using raw and cooked noodles and spray-paint. Upon entering the MCA, visitors are confronted with a massive, two-story, raw spaghetti painting; commissioned specifically for the show. - Josh Reames, Chicago Contributor

Listed under: Review

November 02, 2011, 8:30am

MDW Fall Showcase Wrap-Up

Chicago's MDW Fall showcase is the second presentation in the past seven months of the loosely structured art fair and projects organized by Illinois non-profits Threewalls, Roots and Culture, and the Public Media Institute.  An even mix of performative pieces, non-commercial installation, small presses and cleanly presented 2 and 3D works for sale, the quality of the art was consistently high, while approach and project goals varied.

Listed under: Art Fairs

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