Dubya takes to painting
Many of history’s greats are known to have painted a sun-dappled landscape or two in their day. Everyone from Winston Churchill to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and even Adolph Hitler have handled a palette. Just like Van Gogh and Gaugain’s portrait exchange, Eisenhower even painted a portrait of his venerable ally, Churchill.
Surprisingly, 43rd President George W. Bush has finally managed to join their ranks, not in political savvy, but through his newfound pastime of “makin’ paintin’s.” By now the entire internet is aware that George W. Bush is a prolific artist, having painted at least 50 dog portraits as well as some landscapes and even a couple n00dz. For once, What’s the T? couldn’t be more proud of our former Commander in Chiefing, and we have created a special hypothetical art collection based on his oeuvre.
In other news, everyone’s a critic.
Reading is Fundamental
- We know you’re tired of reading them, if you ever did in the first place, so why not just stop writing artist statements once and for all? Iris Jaffe breaks down each and every terrible category. File under: So true. (Article courtesy of Emily Green.)
- Can 20×200 be saved?: Based on this article, things don’t look good. Is “art [not] for everyone”?
- “Spotted[:] Oak Park writer, fashion icon, and media mogul Tavi Gevinson“ From Kim Gordon’s performance with White/Light at the MCA, Britt Julious muses on museums attracting new audiences for WBEZ’s tumblr.
- Bro, have you seen The Chicago episode of the Anthony Bourdain eating food show? Normally we’d be loathe to mention the Travel Channel, but he is totally spot on! #theHideout #Longman #Skylark #someplaceintheburbs
- Jason Lazurus talks Tampa, Chopin and what’s nice about being 37: Worth a listen, especially because things heat up towards the end during the Q&A, it’s just unfortunate you can’t actually see any of the work Lazurus is talking about.
by James T. Green
“T” around Town
The stars must be aligning on April 6th since damn near every gallery in the city is having an opening. It’s ridic. In Logan Square, it’s finally Spring and the Comfort Station is reopening with an exhibition by Isak Applin and Adam Ekberg. Chicago’s fav Italian artist living in Vienna, Helmut Heiss, has also triumphantly returned for his upcoming ACRE show at Slow in Pilsen. Happy sources report that Heiss’s contribution is large and shiny.
Furthermore, Anthony Romero and Jesse Butcher have an opening at Happy Collaborationists that we heard is inspired by hippies and mud. Word is that Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel G. Baird’s opening at Roots and Culture will dramatically change the gallery space, incorporating a fountain and maybe even fish (but don’t quote us).
Auctions have been trending, so it’s no surprise that LVL3’s 4th Annual HArts for Art is also this Saturday. Guilt free, a portion of the proceeds will benefit local not-for-profit Better Boys Foundation, but the work is going fast. Almost a week out and work by Israel Lund has already been claimed. We heard that the raffle is going to be bangin’ too.
At least the SAIC MFA show isn’t this weekend. Good luck.
The Weatherman Report
The Patio Theater
The Patio Theatre is arguably the most magnificent movie house in all of Chicago. With awesome programming by the Chicago Cinema Society, a revamped 1920’s Baroquesque interior and streamlined Deco marquee, Patio uses the vehicle of space, time and, more specifically color, to heighten its graphic grandeur.
Color envelopes you in ways only rococo could â€“ through ornamentation, stucco, mirrors, chandeliers, vaults â€“ in variations of gold leaf, reds, blues, yellows and greens. The Patio Theaterâ€™s procession starts with its stark yellow and red sans-serif Deco marquee. Once inside, you encounter a nearly 20ft high chromatic ceiling ticketing foyer, followed by a minimally modern concession stand, and finally culminating in the most mindfucking auditorium punctuated by a starry night twice the size of the Music Box Theatreâ€™s. Itâ€™s a series of effects that contemporary architects canâ€™t even fathom approaching i.e. using color to form, shape, line and syncopate a procession, not as appliquÃ©.
Patioâ€™s use of color is palpable and interactive. The culmination of this comes in the auditorium’s screen covering that employs classic vaulting effects with an abundance of color to achieve simulacrum by easily inhabiting both traditional building technique (without traditional necessity) and pushing nuanced ornateness in graphic (without being kitsch).
Sitting there watching a Samurai classic like Shogun Assassin on a Saturday night in Portage Park, not Lakeview, Logan Square, Southport or any other “hot spot” is an added bonus to this prismatic gem. Architecture â€˜looksâ€™ all the time and the colorful Patio Theater trumps most classic Chicago movie houses in terms of how comfortable it is in its own skin â€“ inside and out.
The Patio Theater is located at 6008 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60634.