Art Letter (2/12/10)
I’m sure we’ve all forgotten now that in my last ArtLetter I went on about my feelings on art schools balancing the bottom line by broadening the admissions base and resultantly graduating ill-prepared “artists.”
LUMA, Loyola University Museum of Art, at Chicago And Michigan Avenue, has a thoughtful, memorable, beautiful, informative exhibit of photographs and other work by Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, whose short Chicago presence affected our history and architecture - smartly curated by Carol Ehlers.
The stimulating, challenging exhibit titled ACTIONS: What You Can Do With the City, at the Graham Foundation is about provocative, mildly subversive interventions that creative minded folks can execute for fun or philosophical purposes. I think there are 99 of them. And when you walk out your head will be titled ever so slightly.
Michiko Itatani opens at Walsh Gallery. She’s a skilled, expressive, Chicago painter and this show is another example of her consistent growth. I always find viewing her work rewarding.
PS1: Southside art dealer and community grower Andre Guichard has begun an awesome series of video interviews with major artists and art collectors. They are brief, insightful and personal. I get an email with a link ever time they come out. Email him to do the same.
PS2: There’s a fabulous tool available to the public in the Chicago Artist’s Archives. Not only have they been accumulating artists’ paper ephemera, they’ve got video interviews and more going back to the 1930’s. And they are still accumulating today. It’s a program of the Chicago Public Library.