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Interview with Julie Pitzen: Postcard from Mongolia

Buddha Mask
Julie Pitzen. Buddha mask. 2006. Handbuilt, porcelain,
glazes and stains, 12″. Mongolia.

Julie Pitzen, a former Chicago resident, now lives and works in Mongolia. As an anthropologist, ceramicist, and educator, Pitzen works with the country's artists and organizations, including the National Arts Council, to help build the local arts community and to bring awareness of Mongolia's art and culture to the world. Joining ArtStyle Blog as a Contributing Blogger, Pitzen will be sending occasional “postcards” from Mongolia.
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Howard Fonda: Alla Prima Dualities


Howard Fonda. Untitled. 2007. Oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.
Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Chicago-based artist Howard Fonda, whose work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is currently exhibiting a thorough body of work from the past 2 years in a solo show, Nothing to Live Up To, at the Hyde Park Art Center until May 4, 2008.
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Q&A with Aviva Alter: Fiber Art as Personal Reflection

New Work
New Work. Courtesy of Aviva Alter. Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Aviva Alter, 53 years young, is currently exhibiting in Soft Life at the Hyde Park Art Center. She recently created pieces for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, which was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center last fall. Working in the fiber arts steadfastly for the last 3 years, Atler grew up in Waukegan but has lived in Chicago proper for the last 36 years, where she spent many years working with clay. She has upcoming shows featuring her textile art in Los Angeles, London, and New York.
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Michiko Itatani: Lyrical Works on Paper

Michiko Itatani
Work by Michiko Itatani. Permission by Printworks Gallery.
Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Michiko Itatani was born in Japan and came to the United States in 1970 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a professor of painting and drawing. Itatani (pronounced EE-tah-tah-nee) had aspirations to be a fiction writer, and in her youth studied philosophy and literature. It appears this early interest has fueled her current body of work, with scholarly subject matter. Her works are on display this month at Printworks Gallery in Chicago’s River North gallery district.
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Soshana, Artistic Passages in Life and Spirit

Shosana Now
Soshana on her 80th birthday at the honorary exhibition
and a house warming party at Kunstdepos, Vienna, 2007.
Courtesy of Soshana.

Painting is the language I speak, the only one I think, I speak well, the only way in which I can express myself about the life I feel consciously, subconsciously. — Soshana

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