Portrait of a Gallery: Sofa King / Newcity Newspaper

The phrase “sofa king” calls to mind that ubiquitous image of Homer Simpson, splayed out on his poop-brown living-room couch. It’s a Sunday afternoon in Springfield, of any state and town in the USA, and the pear-shaped Homer is clad only in white briefs; he balances a half-empty Duff beer on his belly while he […]

Review: HOMO RIOT/Bert Green Fine Art / Newcity Newspaper

Anonymous Los Angeles-based street artist HOMO RIOT got on a plane and started roaming the streets of Chicago, pasting stickers of two bearded, bearish men with masks over their eyes kissing onto newspaper stands and streetlight poles everywhere. I came across one in my not-so-radical gay neighborhood Andersonville, took a photo of it with my […]

Review: Steve McQueen at Art Institute of Chicago / Newcity Newspaper

RECOMMENDED As a child growing up in London, Steve McQueen—not the deceased film star, but the contemporary film artist—says that seeing the 1981 Irish hunger strike on television was one of those “impressionable moments,” the kind that carries with you into adulthood. In 2008, seventeen years after that initial haunting, he released his first feature-length […]

Eye Exam: Butter Me Up, Mister Obama / Newcity Newspaper

In the Midwestern land of milk and honey stands a 600-pound cow made of butter. “Delicious” isn’t the best word to describe the manufactured butter beast, but it is a spectacle that keeps visitors returning to the annual Iowa State Fair year after year. A sculptor is chosen each year to meticulously carve hundreds of […]

Eye Exam: What Chicago Can Learn from Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize / Newcity Newspaper

Chicago could learn a few things from ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, open to artists from around the globe. It used to be that trade-fair style art fairs and biennials churned the money and the buzz. But in 2009 Rick DeVos, the grandson of Amway founder Rich DeVos, found a way […]

Art News: Expo Marks the Beginning of Chicago’s New Art Identity in Post-Mayor Daley Era / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — The excitement and buzz around Expo Chicago, the Windy City’s resurgence into the international art world, felt deafening. Practically every artist in the city who knew how to handle art was in some way involved with the fair. Newcitynewspaper, the city’s #1 alt-weekly, published “Chicago top 50 artists,” a timely and simultaneously ballsy list explaining […]

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 […]

Response: Art & the Art of Criticism

Response: Art and the Art of Criticism with Carrie Schneider University of Illinois at Chicago’s I-Space Gallery April 24-May 30, 2009 Alicia recently participated in “Response: Art & the Art of Criticism” at I-Space Gallery (April 24-May 31, 2009), a show that examines the role of the art critic today, and was part of a […]

Eye Exam: A Loaded Question / Newcity Newspaper

Taxidermy is big business—and high art. A March 6 New York Times article reported taxidermy sightings at this year’s Armory Art Fair, including Carolyn Salas and Adam Parker Smith’s buckhead whose abnormally huge antlers twist into the air like overgrown tree branches. This month’s Modern Painters devotes its cover to taxidermy: A blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman […]

Eye Exam: Chicago in Miami / Newcity Newspaper

Art Fairing in a new economy, Chicago blows through the 2008 Miami art fairs Overall murmurs of low attendance aside, Art Basel Miami Beach reported more registered collectors and cultural institutions than any previous year. The Miami Herald said that almost half of the galleries at Art Basel saw drops in sales, however, and after […]