Four Selections from the Top 50 Chicago Artists: Jeanne Dunning, Dawoud Bey, Doug Ischar & Aay Preston-Myint / Newcity Newspaper

Writer Alicia Eler profiles Chicago artists Dawoud Bey, Jeanne Dunning, Aay Preston-Myint and Doug Ischar for the top 50 list. Number 8: Dawoud Bey One of Dawoud Bey’s earliest photographic memories is a book called “The Movement,” which his family brought home after a James Baldwin speech. “There were photographs of black people being lynched […]

Art News: “A Lesbian Kiss Awakens Sleeping Beauty” / Hyperallergic

In Canadian-Ukranian artist Taras Polataiko’s exhibition Sleeping Beauty at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev, which continues until September 9, the artist positions himself as a postmodern fairytale mythmaker, a Brothers Grimm of the internet Age. The exhibition itself is simple, based on Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairytale of the same name — but the real-life […]

There Are No Winners, Only Losers: Peregrine Honig’s LOSER

xoxoo love, loser American culture is obsessed with winning and success, yet it is fixated on losers. On August 10, 2010, in the final episode of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, the reality television competition for artists, 1.48 million people nationwide watched as artist Peregrine Honig lost the final challenge. She came in […]

Chicago Gallery News: Collector Conversation with Curt and Jennifer Conklin

Writer Alicia Eler spent some time getting to know collectors Curt and Jennifer Conklin, their 3-year-old daughter Claudi, and of course their expansive art collection. The young couple discussed who caught the art bug first, and what they’re most interested in collecting now. Click HERE to read the article on Tweet

Chicago Gallery News: Collector Conversation with Dr. Dan Berger

Are some people biologically drawn to art? Having nurtured a collection since 1988, Dr. Daniel S. Berger thinks so. Writer Alicia Eler visited Dr. Berger’s home, and the two discussed how a collection’s theme takes shape, how art adds balance to a stressful life, and how this collector is inspired by the challenges many artists face. […]

Finding The Hero on BRAVO’s Work of Art, Episode 10: The Big Show

By Alicia Eler & Patricia Herrmann Pop culture is replete with stories of young men realizing their potential and becoming heroes.  In the first season of Work of Art, pop culture’s introduction to the heretofore secretive Art World, America was provided with the familiar hero’s story. In the tenth and final episode, The Big Show, […]

BRAVO’s Work of Art and America’s Queer Boys, Episode 9: Natural Talents

By Alicia Eler & Patricia Herrmann American culture idealizes the beautiful boy as one who lives “between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood.” Unlike adults, he is alive to “enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day…”  The beautiful boy can do no wrong. His natural habitat is […]

CHICAGO GALLERY NEWS: Collector Conversation with Scott J. Hunter

Writer Alicia Eler spent some time with Scott J. Hunter, and his dog Tyler, in Chicago’s South Loop to talk about how he gradually came to collect art, what it is about abstract art that intrigues him now, and his own “rule of three” when it comes to really wanting to acquire an artist’s work. […]

A Day in The Life of Alicia Eler on

I tried to sleep in today but I couldn’t. Typical. It’s 6:30am on a Saturday morning, and I’m out on my back porch staring at the sun and watering my basil plant. The other weekend I took a three-day trip to New Mexico for a gay wedding, and forgot to ask my housemates to water […]

Do Opposites Really Attract? Mark Velasquez, Heaven, and Hell on BRAVO’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” Episode 8

In Episode 8 of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, three artist pairs were selected at random, and given an assignment to jointly create works of art about opposing forces. Peregrine Honig and Mark Velasquez worked on “Heaven and Hell,” Nicole Nadeau and Abdi Farah had “order and chaos,” and Miles Mendenhall and Jaclyn […]