“Cézanne, he’s the greatest of us all.”—Claude Monet to Georges Clemenceau in conversation, cited in translation in The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné (trans. John Rewald, Abrams, 1996). There are some entities and influences on our work that we take for granted, as though they were always there and it’s impossible to conceive […]
Heather McAdams needs no introduction for longtime Reader readers, but I’ll try anyway. McAdams contributed cartoons and illustrations to the Reader for over 20 years, self-published and distributed an annual country music-themed calendar (filled with her original artwork and writing about country and rockabilly musicians) for approximately 30 years, ran the store Record Roundup in […]
The 1960 oil painting Garden of Music—the magisterial centerpiece of a knockout survey of the art of Bob Thompson— shows Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and a half dozen other jazz luminaries coexisting in a pastoral landscape. Some figures are silhouettes, while others are rendered with distinct features. How the painter balanced so many disparate elements […]
Julian Baumgartner may be the sole owner of Chicago’s oldest conservation studio, but that doesn’t keep him from being simultaneously the master of old masters and social media. He’s a man with a fan base in the millions—many of whom claim they know or care nothing about art but are faithful viewers of his videos. […]
Artist Brandon Breaux’s Instagram project highlights his peers, mentors, collectors, friends, and more throughout Black History Month.
In her book Faux Pas, the painter makes a rarified field approachable with humor and profundity.
Johari Noelle addresses 2020’s overlapping crises with a socially distanced new video, Serengeti drops a non-Kenny Dennis acoustic album, and more.
A roundup of art events happening this weekend
Despite the black exodus from Chicago, black artists are thriving and tell a story with a common thread: the city provides comfort and inspiration.
The artist’s one-day show will take place in a house in Villa Park.
The artist wants her viewers simply to react to her work, and that’s as it should be.
My friend Mac Blackout has found a way to turn his chaotic and provocative personality into chaotic and provocative art, and he celebrates his first book Friday at Galerie F.
“Woodn’t Be the First Time” presents three separate painters all using the same kind of canvas.
A series of paintings look back on a brief affair in Cold War-era Cuba.
Guerrero’s prints, tours and murals in Pilsen and Humboldt Park melded the personal and political.