Hey all, BaS’s own Kathryn Born’s new blog for Chicago Now is up and running! Called Art Talk Chicago, it features reviews, gallery spotlights, friendly commentary on art in Chicago and guest posts by great Chicago arts writers like Paul Klein, who’s posting a series on important Chicago artists who aren’t exhibiting in galleries here, artist Dawoud Bey writing on government support for the arts, artist and Chicago State University’s exhibitions curator Joyce Owens and Stephanie Burke (who’s writing for us, too!). Stephanie also compiled two fabulous Google maps of Chicago’s commercial and alternative art spaces for the site (just when I think I’m starting to get a handle on them, I see maps like these and realize I’ve barely scratched the surface).

Yay People! If you haven’t already, go on over and check it out.

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.