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Hyde Park Art Center: New Works

Hello Folks. I just attended an opening at the Hyde Park Art Center, and if you have not been there, I recommend bookmarking their site for a list of current exhibitions, readings, and performances in Chicago’s art world. The Hyde Park Art Center, a part of Chicago’s art scene for over 60 years, has 5 exhibition spaces that are always changing to highlight a diversity of artwork being made in Chicago. (Photo credit: Darrell Roberts)

In the center’s main gallery is Consuming War, an exhibit showing artist whose work deals with being consumed by war and conflicts. Curated by Barbara Koenen, the show includes artists Lynda Barry, Wafaa Bilal, Mary Brogger, Adam Brooks, Burtonwood & Holmes, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Fred Holland, Harold Mendez, Michael Rakowitz, Ellen Rothenberg, Edra Soto, Paula White and Dolores Wilber.

Mary Bogger has created a large steel Persian rug that floats tentatively on pins, and a raft out of oil drums and a car frame.

Mary Brogger

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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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Smart Museum of Art: Master Drawings

Master Drawings

The Master Drawings show at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago presents a spectacular “survey of European draftsmanship with masterworks by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Edgar Degas, Guercino, Jacob Jordeans, and Jean-Antoine Watteau, among many others.” Included are “examples of nearly every artistic movement and drawing technique used by European artists from the Renaissance to the mid-19th century.” The 84 works are organized chronologically and include all types of drawings — sketches, studies, and preparatory work — for paintings, prints, textiles, stained glass, and other uses, as well as finished works. The drawings are part of a collection from the Yale University Art Gallery and limited to “pre-Impressionist” European drawings. From A Lion (ca. 1480) by an unknown artist, using pen and brown ink over lead point or black chalk, through nearly 5 centuries, to Notre Dame of Paris Seen from the Quai de la Tournelle (6 June 1863) by Johan Barthold Jongkind, working in watercolor, we are witnesses to the first moments of artistic creation, compositional studies, and experiments in style and technique. With short descriptions accompanying each drawing and a catalogue available with more detailed information, the show (a quick artistic travelogue through time) emphasizes the importance of drawing as a fundamental part of the creative process and provides a glimpse into the minds and personalities of these talented artists.

Master Drawings continues through January 6, 2008 at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue.

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Robert Putnam: Abstract Formalist

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Courtesy of the artist

Abstract painter Robert Putnam, a retired publisher, has a BA and MA in English Literature. I believe his 30 years of experience in technical publishing has influenced his art-making the most. Putnam describes himself as a formalist, working with color, form, and nature. He uses natural surroundings, aerial views, archaeological excavations, stained glass, and burnt buildings to exemplify his work.
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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.

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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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