Episode 182: Jim Lutes

February 22, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan and Richard talk to artist, professor and musician Jim Lutes about his work, his career, and his recent show at the Renaissance Society.

“Chicago-based painter Jim Lutes is often considered heir to the Imagist tradition. This, however, is only part of the story. Having come to artistic maturity in the late 1970s, Lutes exemplifies a larger and more complex historical narrative that entails the emergence of figuration and regionalism under the declining influence of Abstract Expressionism. This would be born out over several bodies of work in which Lutes would vacillate beween a populist mode of figuration and a painterly abstraction, the combination of which produced a style along the lines of Picasso in the 1930s or Guston in the 1970s.” [Read more]

Episode 181: Peter Saul and Jacob Dyrenforth

February 15, 2009 · Print This Article

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This Week: Amanda and Tom talk to art legend Peter Saul. Next, Amanda and Tom talk to Jacob Dyrenforth about his show that is currently up at the Renwick Gallery.

RIP Lux Interior! “The Cramps don’t pummel and you won’t pogo. They ooze; you’ll throb.” [Read more]

Episode 180: Stephanie Brooks and Mess Hall

February 8, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan acts like a lunatic in the intro, Richard gets annoyed. Duncan talks to Stephanie Brooks about poetry, her work and her show at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

Then Duncan talks to the fine folks at Mess Hall about their 5 year anniversary. [Read more]

Episode 179: SECA

February 1, 2009 · Print This Article

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SECATHIS WEEK: Patrica and Brian round-table with Apsara DiQuinzio and Alison Gass, Assistant Curators at SFMoMA about the 2008 SECA award. Apsara and Alison let us in on the unique curatorial process of the SECA award, including leading tour buses of museum patrons through rapid-fire studio visits.

SECA, the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, is an auxiliary group of SFMoMA and has honored bay area contemporary artists since 1967. The 2008 winners are Tauba Auerbach, Desirée
Holman, Jordan Kantor, and Trevor Paglen, whose work will be on display at SFMoMA beginning February 12, 2009. [Read more]

Episode 178: Wu Hung and Dan S. Wang

January 25, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week we welcome Dan s. Wang as a new Chicago Correspondent! He sits down to talk with the University of Chicago’s Wu Hung about the Smart Museum show “Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art.”

It is an excellent and interesting interview, however and unfortunately the last 10 minutes or so of this interview has same sort of technical glitch that created noise on the audio and makes the dialog difficult to hear, Bad at Sports regrets the problems.

Wu Hung (as lifted from the U of C website)
Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and the College; Director, Center for the Art of East Asia; Consulting Curator, Smart Museum of Art. Wu Hung specializes in early Chinese art, from the earliest years to the Cultural Revolution. His special research interests include relationships between visual forms (architecture, bronze vessels, pictorial carvings and murals, etc.) and ritual, social memory and political discourses. Also the consulting curator for the Smart Museum of Art, Hung is the author of Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century (University Of Chicago Press, 1999), Monumentality in Early Chinese Art (Stanford University Press, 1995), Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting (Yale University Press, 1997), and the forthcoming Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space. Hung grew up in Beijing and studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From 1973 to 1978 he served on the research staff at the Palace Museum, located inside Beijing’s Forbidden City. He came to Chicago in 1994.

Dan S. Wang
Printer, artist, writer, activist who divides time between his old home in Chicago and his new home in Madison. [Read more]