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A Trip to Atropolis 2008

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Today, Richard and I went to Artropolis at the Merchandise Mart about 11 a.m. and left about 2:30 p.m. There are 5 concurrent shows under one roof.

    Art Chicago (12th floor) — art in a gallery atmosphere featuring works appealing to curators and collectors

    NEXT (7th floor) — an invitational exhibition of international contemporary emerging art focusing on single artists or special projects

    The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair (south side of the 8th floor)

    The Artist Project (north side of 8th floor) — work of independent artists

    The Intuit Show (northwest corner of the 8th floor) — folk and outsider art

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Dear ArtStyle: Venice Dreams

Clothesline 1

Dear ArtStyle,

I have returned from Italy without sending you a postcard as I had hoped.

I plowed through the Venice Biennale for two days, spent a week in Florence, and ended up driving around in Tuscany. I was simply too over stimulated — taking in art, old and new, by the urban and natural environment, by the way of life, the food, the people — to sit down and focus on one thing.

It is Thanksgiving weekend, and I thought I would send something that would be easily digested.

I have picked out what have become my favorite images from the trip: the clotheslines of Venice. My dream is to import this custom to Chicago!

Anna

Clothesline 2

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Chicago Cultural Center: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is on view at the [tag]Chicago Cultural
Center [/tag]until December 16th. This show is a stunning use of craft to make a wondrous work of art. Created as a collaborative crochet piece, the long coral-like re-creations explode with color, form, and texture that are tantalizing to the eyes. As you walk into the room displaying the coral reef project, you are met with two long stunning colorful replications of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies off the cost of Australia. Hanging on the walls are splendid dynamic colorful forms of the reef that are just majestic. In the second room is a display of jelly fish hanging from the walls and an example of a collaborative piece made by Chicagoland contributors.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef. NASA Satellite Photo.

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Meredith Brickell’s Masterful Ceramic Art

Meredith Brickell is in the show Texture and Tone at Lillstreet Art Center Gallery. I have already purchased this piece.

Meredith Brickell P1000901

Brickell creates her intimate ceramic forms from bisque molds as a stepping stone and uses low-fired glazes that show a beautiful and delicate balance of color. Brickell refers to the landscape in her pieces and the influence of growing up in the Midwest. Inside, outside, or sometimes on the bottom of the pottery, thin line drawings, reminiscent of petroglyphs are embedded in her ceramic vessels.
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Collecting Art: How To Start

This weekend I went to the Bucktown Art Fair with a couple of friends; the main reason I went was because I knew Delores Fortuna was selling her pottery there. Delores has developed an individual style and glazes to her pieces, which I admire. I was able to purchase a bowl, four cups, and a teapot to add to my collection.

Darrell Roberts Collection Fortuna

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