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Explore World History Through Art

What better way to experience history than through art?  Examining pieces from hundreds or thousands of years ago takes you back to that era – the customs, the beliefs, and the people.  We can glimpse at their lives through the artists’ eyes. If you love seeing history through the eyes of an artist, you’re in […]

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European Artists Revitalize Chicago Art Scene

Chicago has seen somewhat of a European invasion into the art scene in recent years.  The Renaissance Society, the Logan Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art have all hired curators from Europe, and all three are doing some very exciting work. One of the most impressive is Solveig  Øvstebø, who is now leading The Renaissance Society.  After Susanne Ghez, who held […]

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Experience Chicago in a New Way

Looking at the Chicago skyline makes us appreciate how visually impressive the city is that we live in.  But when was the last time that you looked at the buildings that make up the skyline?  Look closely.  I can bet that even many Chicago natives haven’t taken the time to get to know the great […]

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Artists Merge Art and Science to Save Lives

Art and science may seem at opposite ends of the spectrum, but when they come together they can create a great deal of good.  In a new exhibition in London, called “Foreign Bodies, Common Ground,” we see the work of six artists-in-residents with Art in Global Health Program. Their work, mostly in developing nations in […]

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Dance + Art = A Whole New Experience

What happens when you mix ballet dancers and a contemporary visual artist?  Something spectacular. The New York City Ballet, in a quest to bring more art into their performance space, has teamed up with JR, a New York artist who became famous for pasting over-sized photographs in public spaces.  JR’s vision was to change the […]

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Frank Thomas Inducted into Baseball Hall 0f Fame

Whether you root for the Cubs or the Sox come baseball season, all of Chicago can join together when one of the city’s most loved baseball players is recognized and celebrated.  Last month former White Sox player, Frank Thomas, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Although he was born in Georgia, Frank […]

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Overcome Winter Blues with Chicago Art

As winter drags on with the cold, short daylight hours, and snow, it’s easy to begin to feel just…blah.  Perk yourself up by taking in an art exhibition or two this season.  Here are three exhibits that are not to be missed this winter in the Chicago area: 1. “Reading Women” by Carrie Schneider at Monique Meloche […]

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3 Ways Chicago Rocked Art in 2013

  With an abundance of museums, galleries, and artists, Chicago has always been a center for art.  And 2013 brought even more art and opportunity to our city.  Here are three ways that last year rocked for the Chicago art world. Chicago rocked: 1. Art fairs. Although we lost the MDW fair for artist-run galleries, Chicago bounced […]

Omri Amrany Shortlisted for Mars One Project

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany Co-Founder Omri Amrany Shortlisted for Mars One Project

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany is excited to announce that co-founder Omri Amrany is part of an elite group of people selected for a chance to go to the planet Mars. Out of 200,000 applicants, the privately planned space mission called Mars One has cut their list of possible space explorers down to just […]

Are Museums Loosening Restrictions on Photography?

Modern times bring modern influences on art.  Projections and high quality sound systems have brought new ways for us to experience ait.  New preservation and restoration techniques have allowed old art to be seen in new ways.  And now there is another modern trend influencing the art world – the “selfie”. A “selfie” is a photograph of yourself, […]

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Spend New Year’s Eve at the Theatre

Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve this year?  End the year right by supporting other artists and taking in a theatre performance that day. There are several theatres around Chicago with NYE performances, and chances are there will be a show that will match your mood that day. Check out Broadway in […]

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Finding Art in Unlikely Places

Have you ever found a knick-knack or piece of art that you wondered about?  Wondered if it was real, important, or valuable?  Most likely, you dismissed the thought and stuck the object back into storage.  But you never know. Several people this year unexpectedly found pieces of art that were worth more money than in […]

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New Hottest Art Trend

What’s the hottest trend in art today?  It seems that buyers can’t get enough of 20th and 21st century art. Many records have been broken in recent months when it comes to purchasing prices of various contemporary pieces.  A Norman Rockwell painting sold for $46 million, making it the most expensive American painting ever sold.  The record […]

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Reinventing the Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is usually all about tradition.  But by reinventing the tree and thinking outside the box, you can make it into something that better represents what the holidays mean to you. Want to make the Christmas tree entirely unique and all your own?  Here are some suggestions to get you started: 1. Get creative […]

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The Art of Wrapping Presents

Whoever said that it’s the thought that counts clearly has never met an artist.  As someone who creates beauty or thought-provoking works, it is easy to want to do more than slap a bow on the top of a store-bought box.  Here is some inspiration to get you wrapping with flair: 1. Ditch the paper.  Instead […]

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Biggest Tip for Today’s Modern Artist

Social media has dramatically affected the way we interact with each other nowadays.  So it is no great surprise that it has also affected the way we get people to find and view  art.  As we rely on Instagram and Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world, artists and galleries who don’t join the trend may be […]

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Sound Art: Pushing Boundaries and Making Noise

If you attended the Fuentiduena Chapel exhibit produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you would find no paintings on the walls.  Nor would you find sculptures placed around the room.  What you would find there are forty speakers. But the speakers themselves are far from art.  They are merely the tools by which Janet […]

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Is Modern Food Art-Worthy?

  Long before friends posted their meals on Facebook, artists were showing us what they were eating.  And although it is easy to dismiss a still life of fruit as less interesting than other works, it does give us an almost anthropological glimpse into how society felt about food at the time. And that is exactly […]

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Solve a Holiday Art Mystery at the Museum

Do you like a little mystery with your art this holiday season?  Well, the Art Institute of Chicago has just the thing for you. Once again, the Art Institute is presenting “Gifts to the City”, a selection of acquisitions and loans that have become a part of the museum’s collection this year.  Two of the most exciting […]

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Celebrates the Holidays with Lincoln Park Zoo

With the holidays right around the corner, we won’t have to wait long until beauty of the season is revealed.  One of the best ways to take in the holiday sights is to find trees that are decorated in their holiday best. But why see yet another evergreen illuminated with tiny rainbow-hued lights when there […]