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Vacant Beauty

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standishviagraRobert Standish’s paintings are beautiful.   

They make painters happy, not only because they’re well rendered but also because their commercial success is a sign that painting is not dead.Not even close.

Standish currently has a solo show of his new large-scale photorealistic paintings at Carrie Secrist gallery. Although the subjects vary, an urban theme is pervasive.

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Written by Kelly Reaves

November 15, 2008 at 6:25 am

Cosmic Slop

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White people love Rashid Johnson.

 They love him because he’s a black artist who makes art about identity politics without assuming the role of a victim or pointing fingers. His art also makes white people feel like they understand black people, which delights them, but it is a dubious understanding because his work is intentionally ambiguous. It is anything but didactic, and it is refreshing. And it is refreshing, but not satisfying.

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Written by Kelly Reaves

October 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

Trendsetter

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Amy Mayfield is turning a lot of heads.  

She has exhibited her paintings throughout Chicago at Gahlberg Gallery, The Hyde Park Art Center, Bucket Rider and Zolla Lieberman Gallery, and Franklin Parrasch in New York. In 2007 she exhibited in the MCA 12×12 series, a program designed to exhibit the work of local, emerging artists.  Just this September her work was part of the “Ahh… Decadence” exhibit at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new gallery, her paintings being referred to in a Newcity review of the show as having the most “luxurious surfaces of all.”  In the current issue of CS Interiors, art collectors are encouraged to invest in “meteoric talents like Amy Mayfield.”

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Written by Kelly Reaves

October 20, 2008 at 6:47 am

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature

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The sunsets in Chicago are unbelievable.

Most of us probably don’t see them because we live tucked down in a thick grid lined by enormous stone buildings, but if you’ve ever taken 290 west as the sun sets, you’ve probably had the pleasure of seeing the phenomena. The bloated radioactive pink orb slowly sinking into the industrial lava, the orange contrails stretching behind Jets and through the stratosphere, through the thick atmospheric mush of car exhaust, wrapping Chicago like Christo and Jeanne-Claude would.

Ah, nature. The simplest and most wondrous pleasure we enjoy.We love nature so much, we can even find beauty on a day in the city when the air quality index is extra low.

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Written by Kelly Reaves

October 7, 2008 at 6:42 am

Interview with John Phillips, artist and social butterfly

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Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: I walk both sides of the fence. good boy, bad boy. Sincere & transgressive.  I’m a polarity.
Q:  How would you describe your work?
A: A tug of war between indulgence and intelligence.  And that pretty much sums me up.
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Written by Kelly Reaves

October 2, 2008 at 6:49 am