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A Trip to Atropolis 2008

How much farther until we get to the other side?

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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Q&A with Nancy Charak: Infinite Line

Nancy Charak studied photography and design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and painting and drawing at Northern Illinois University, where she received her MFA in 1979. Her work has been shown in several significant juried exhibitions, including the Chicago and Vicinity Show at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition in NC. She was awarded a purchase prize from the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association in GA. Charak’s work has also been represented by several galleries, including Van Straaten and Bernal in Chicago and Genesis in New York.

She recently juried the Drawing on Experience show at Woman Made Gallery, 685 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. The exhibition is June 27 through July 24, 2008, with an opening reception on June 27th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Field Number 1077
Nancy Charak. Field No. 1077. 2007. Oil, pencil on linen canvas,
height 30″ x 40″.

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Interview with Dale Washington: “The Power of Creation Is the Act of Doing”

Dale Washington has turned his cozy apartment into a self-made gallery with his paintings, drawings, ink work, assemblages, and new art hanging on nearly every square inch of wall space. His work deals with everyday people and situations from nudes to landscapes, from jazz clubs to fish fries, and everything else in between depicting the urban Chicago lifestyle. A self-professed “obsessive-compulsive,” Washington creates when he is driven to do so and is talented enough to work “in all media” or uses “whatever is available at the time.” Featured in Daniel T. Parker's book African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, Washington has exhibited at Gruen Gallery, Steele Life Gallery, South Shore Culture Center, Southside Community Art Center, Beverly Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and other galleries in Chicago and throughout the U.S.

Landscape. Oil pastel on panel board. Courtesy of the artist.

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Interview with Iris Goldstein: New Plaster Reliefs

Iris Goldstein, a sculptor who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in both Europe and Japan, creates relief sculptures made of plaster and aluminum screening, connecting textural surfaces and exploring color. She was an Artist-in-Residence in Haguro-Machi, Japan, and co-curated the Thirty Years at ARC Exhibition in 2003. Her husband, Paul, has fully supported her aspirations to obtain a graduate degree in art and to work as an artist. Together they have raised 4 children.

Reflections. Courtesy of the artist.

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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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