Big Art by Robert Stanley

March 12th, 2014 — 7:51pm


What This Is

This is merely an essay. It is an essay in the sense of the originator of essays, Montaigne, meaning “to try.” He also honestly wrote. “I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself,” accepting that our human imperfections drive us all. Considering the universality of human imperfection, this essay then is not a polemic, but a try at a more philosophical exploration, covering:
• Big Art—How It Is Seen
• Why Big Art Is The Way It Is
• Can Anything Be Done Continue reading »

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Press Release: The New Art Examiner and the Legacy of Jane Addams

February 17th, 2014 — 10:50am

New Art Examiner Now

Finding Relevance for Independent Voices Beyond Art World Institutions

With presenters Derek Guthrie, Diane Thodos, Richard Siegesmund among others.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Hull House (map)

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Defining Art by Tom Brand

February 12th, 2014 — 8:25am


Defining art implies language. The art I am attempting to define is two-dimensional painting, which is what I do. Using language to define something that is necessarily visual means abstracting from something that is silent – painting – to another media – language.

Language can help and support the visual arts, which artists are thankful for – when it’s positive – and not so when it is negative. Continue reading »

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Press Release: Joanne Aono – “One & 1″ at Images Gallery

January 28th, 2014 — 12:13pm



One & 1
Joanne Aono
Images Gallery
1823 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
January 27 through February 23, 2014
Opening: Friday, January 31, 6-9pm

Chicago, IL — “One & 1,” a solo exhibition of art by Joanne Aono. The show features abstract text drawings based on dualites stemming from being a twin and Japanese American. The Twin/Futago drawings are abstractions of the universal dualities we face in seeking both a collective and unique identity. The “Hashi”drawings combine the concept and process of manipulating graphite pencils like chopsticks. Using these two identical tools to make separate unique lines in unison is reflective of twins and their pursuit of individuality. A previous iteration of this exhibition was presented in October at the Lee Dulgar Gallery in South Holland. Continue reading »

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Below the Blue Line: The Recent Work of Allison Jacqueline Reinhart by Matthew Ballou

January 16th, 2014 — 2:13pm

ReinhartCard copy

In January and February 2013, artist Allison Reinhart held an exhibition at the Craft Studio Gallery on the campus of The University of Missouri1. The show, titled Disappeared, featured a variety of media and presentation strategies. Traditional printmaking and mixed media painting forms were present, as well as digitally manipulated prints, Continue reading »

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“One Question” with David Joselit, author of “After Art”

January 10th, 2014 — 4:51pm


Scholar, critic and Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center – CUNY, David Joselit has worked on pivotal moments in modern art ranging from the Dada movement of the early 20th century to the emergence of globalization and new media over the past decade. His latest book, After Art (Princeton University Press, 2012) defines a shift Continue reading »

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Trying to Get a Sense of Scale – Tim Lowly’s Precious Labor by Matthew Ballou

December 30th, 2013 — 2:42pm


Trying to Get a Sense of Scale, the new book of Tim Lowly’s work, tops my list of art experiences for 2013. Published by North Park University in Chicago and the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in South Dakota, the book collects images and words connected to Lowly’s nearly three decades Continue reading »

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Q&A with Derek Guthrie by Norbert Marszalek

November 26th, 2013 — 5:16pm

questions and answers - Q&A

Norbert Marszalek: Since the demise of the New Art Examiner more than a decade ago, why do you think Chicago hasn’t been able to produce a monthly publication that’s dedicated to the visual arts?

Derek Guthrie: GREAT question … there is no easy answer. I think the quick answer is larger than Chicago—though Chicago has its own nature which is frozen. Overall the United States is losing its previous cultural curiosity and interest in discourse. Chicago is particularly venial as Nelson Algren pointed out in that great work “City on the Make“. Continue reading »

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“One Question” with Mason Currey, author of “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work”

November 21st, 2013 — 10:05am


Mason Currey is the author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Print, and Metropolis. He lives in Los Angeles. Continue reading »

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Of Fear and Favor by Richard Siegesmund

November 18th, 2013 — 9:30am

Torn Truth

In October 1973, the New Art Examiner published its first issue with the lead editorial Without Fear or Favor. Derek Guthrie and Jane Addams Allen, in the roles of Editors, promised criticism that demonstrated a “concern for the whole, not just an aspect, and a respect for the truth.” In this, the NAE was ahead of its time in recognizing that art could not be reified by removing it into aesthetic palaces—museums, universities, commercial art galleries, or boutique private collections—but that it was a living, embodied function of society. Continue reading »

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