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Art Institute of Chicago

Hello all! I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I’ve been away for some time and working lots. I promise I am working hard on keeping this blog updated. There are some really exciting things coming.

A few weeks ago, I was in Chicago for Lollapalooza and decided to visit the iconic Art Institute of Chicago (remember that scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?). It is rated the #1 museum in the world according to Tripadvisor in 2014 and I can tell why. AIC probably tops the MoMA for me with its collection of Edgar Degas and Van Gogh, and modern and contemporary art collections, I was left in awe at each corner. What I especially liked about it was it’s flow and organization. I felt like I had enough time and space to explore each room and not overwhelmed by the works or the amount of people. And not to mention its staff! I met some of the most friendly people who worked there who are always willing to talk to you.

“Linear Construction in Space No. 2” and “Linear Construction No. 4” by Naum Gabo

Frank Stella

“Hat Rack” by Marcel Duchamp

“Counter-Composition” by Theo Van Doesburg

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood (did you know that the couple in the painting is supposed to be a father and unmarried daughter? The “farmer” was actually Wood’s dentist, and the woman is Wood’s sister.)

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Francis Bacon

The AIC featured a Charles Ray exhibition- his first major exhibition since a mid career retrospective in 1998 and features four new sculptures only on view in Chicago.

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Chicago-born Ray has reinvented contemporary sculptural practice since the early 1980s using aluminum and stainless steel to create a fluid like and reflective effect in his life-size and over-life-size sculptures. His works were like nothing I’ve ever seen up close. The bas-relief sculptures from afar looked flat and linear but once you got closer you realize how the depth and perception can affect how you look at a piece. The works are created from a combination of long process of study, experimentation, and a painstakingly meticulous attention to detail, control and discipline (some of his works takes as long as ten years to make!). His pieces are utterly timeless and contemporary at the same time leaving its audiences reminiscing about childhood, sleep, ghosts, and self-portraiture as well as a combination of a new medium and ancient sculptural techniques such as bas relief.IMG_0494Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

The show is on until October 4th, and if the staff is friendly they’ll let you take some fun pictures 😉

Have any of you ever been to AIC? What were some of your favourite works?

 

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Contemporary Art

Treats in the Streets x Jim Bachor

Wanksy via facebook

Wanksy via facebook

We can all admit it: Potholes suck. Not only are they bad for your tires and dangerous for cyclists, they are just overall eyesores. Some people just ignore them by driving around them, while others embrace them by simply changing them. You might have heard of the mysterious stylings of potholes by Wanksy, but have you heard of Chicago artist Jim Bachor? He fixes city potholes by filling them with themed mosaics for his series “Treats in the Streets”.

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bachor single scoop ice cream cone

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Images via Bachor’s Facebook

For UK based street artist Wanksy, he spray painted penises around potholes that were being ignored by the city’s council in order to get them filled faster. Bachor goes for a less-obscene route, he uses hand-cut pieces of italian glass and marble to leave his mark on this world and also make this world a little prettier at the same time.

I’m a fan and I will be looking for his work when I’m back in Chicago in July! I can’t wait!

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