That Darn Melanie Schiff

January 28, 2008 · Print This Article

Melanie continues to be one of the freshest bright lights in Chicago Art community!

Aside from teaching, making, and curating as any good young Chicago artist does, she is one of only two Chicago based artists (Jennifer Montgomery is the other) in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and is featured in a sizable article in the new (Feb) issue of Modern Painter.

(Although it is not the issue currently featured on their site)

Our “hats go off” to one of the great active members of this art community who deserves all the attention she can get.

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Art Fair Madness

January 28, 2008 · Print This Article

It has struck me as strange that while people continue to delight in talk of an art market crash, the number of Art Fairs just proliferates. It is a bit like watching the Cold War Arms race. Just keep building them till you bankrupt the smaller spaces and smaller economies. (A race which seems to have already contributed to the demise of one Chicago gallery with another 4 or 5 being rumored to be closing sometime in ’08.)

Last year in Miami there were 13 fairs. 2007’s fair boasted 23?

WTF is going on? And WTF is up with the Merchandise Mart?

Supposedly they’re planning the purchase or start up of an LA fair?(According to LA Weekly) And they have just bought the Toronto Art Fair? (according to the Chicago Trib) [Read more]

Teaching Orange County

January 28, 2008 · Print This Article

Roland Young is an often lauded and very well respected member of the design faculty of Pasadena’s Art Center College of Art and Design.

A few years ago a “You Tube” video made its way around to the younger faculty at the art schools across America. The clip was called “Roland is God” and showed (via hidden camera) a particularly brutal critique given by Young to a group of students at Art Center. Now the video (in expanded form) can be seen on a site called (surprisingly) “Roland is God.” It has been accompanied by the release of an all new “You Tube” video displaying Professor Young’s unorthodox critical stylings.

Get it while it’s hot.

David Robbins is Still Funnier Then You

December 14, 2007 · Print This Article

Now there are a lot of reasons to love David Robbins. His book is great. He is very funny. He is genuinely insightful about art and life.
He was really hard on Duncan as a student.
He looks great in scarves.

And he might be right on about how creative individuals can move forward and abandon an art world that only loves its devotees and acolytes(and it only sort of loves them.) But my favorite reason to LOVE David is that he made these…

Mark Wallinger: Turner Prize Winner.

December 13, 2007 · Print This Article

Last week it was announced that Mark Wallinger would be the recipient of this years Turner prize. Lucky for all of Chicago as he still has a show up at Donald Young Gallery.

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