The Art Gossiper — No. 4

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Chicago Fall Season Openings – September 9, 2011
On the scene: The River North crowd did not seem as robust as past years but there was still a healthy group of people crawling from one gallery to the next. Perimeter Gallery showing evocative minimalist painter David Shapiro; Mary Lou Zelazny’s always strong work at Carl Hammer Gallery and Kelli Connell’s “Double Life” is a worth see at Catherine Edelman Gallery. The most interesting paintings in River North are Steve Hough’s “Solid Space Liminal: New Paintings” at Zg Gallery.

Fulton Market has some interesting and playful work at Linda Warren Gallery with Ed Valentine who states: “My work is about beauty. It’s about life as a beautiful but imperfect thing. A thing that comes with scabs and scars. A thing that comes with broken bones, rips, drips and holes.” Packer Schopf Gallery doesn’t disappoint with Bill Harrison’s drawings in their basement space.

The West Loop galleries and streets were filled with the usual hipster crowd. Good stuff with Steven Hudson at Peter Miller Gallery; Western Exhibitions has some interesting work with Stan Shellabarger; Andrew Holmquist’s exciting abstracts at Carrie Secrist Gallery; and the most intriguing work of the evening in the West Loop at Kavi Gupta Gallery with Angel Otero.

Spotted: Craig Anderson heading toward Roy Boyd Gallery; Lauren Levato walking between galleries, Tom Torluemke, Neha Vedpathak and Joanne Aono at Linda Warren Gallery; and Amy Casey at Zg Gallery.

DePaul Art Museum Opening – September 17, 2011
Chicago has the University of Chicago Smart Museum on the South side and the Northwestern University Block Museum on the far North side in Evanston and now DePaul University’s new art museum gives us something in the middle. The museum’s opening exhibition “Re: Chicago” showcases 41 Chicago artists, past and present. Some movers and shakers in the local art scene were asked to nominate a Chicago artist who is famous, ought to be famous or used to be famous in creating this exhibition. There are the expected names—Kerry James Marshall, Nick Cave, Tony Fitzpatrick, Wesley Kimler, William Conger, Dawoud Bey, Jaun Chavez, Richard Hunt—some omissions and a few surprises. Overall it’s a strong show that is worth seeing…maybe a few times.

Spotted: Bad at Sports’ Richard Holland; Paul LaMantia; Joyce Owens; Dawoud Bey; William Conger; and Doug Frohman.