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Two New Gallery Bars Open in Downtown Chicago

Two all new art gallery bars have opened in downtown Chicago. One is the River North Gallery Bar located at 738 North Clark and the other is Fame at 2015 West Division Street. The Gallery Bar has a rotating stock that will feature all new pieces every month. There seems to be no overriding theme […]

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Young Chicago Artist Attains National Prominence

A young local artist who grew up in the Bronzeville section of the Windy City, with no formal training in art, has just recently gained popularity in the art world. At just thirty-two years of age, Hebru Brantley has come to the gain national recognition for his paintings. His paintings have been to art lovers […]

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Wood’s American Gothic: A True American Icon

Painter Grant Wood’s stunning American Gothic has long since passed into legend and become a true American icon. In 1930, Wood, a native of Iowa, saw the house and decided to use it for inspiration and his entry into an art contest being sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago. After sketching and thinking, Wood […]

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Famous Canadian Photo to Become a Statue

It is, perhaps, one of the most famous photos in Canadian history. The photo, entitled “Wait for Me, Daddy” became a beloved icon in Canada during, and after, World War Two. The photo was snapped in New Westminster, British Columbia and depicts a young boy racing to say good-bye to his father as he leaves […]

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Artist Pension Trust to Sell 5,000 Works

The Artist Pension Trust is seeking to sell off an estimated half of its collection. With approximately 10,000 works of art under its wing, it is the largest collection anywhere on Earth. It is the first time since the Trust began ten years ago that anything is being sold. The Trust looks to sell an […]

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Mandela’s Birthday Celebrated with Paint Everywhere

Nelson Mandela, the legendary Nobel Prize winner from South Africa, recently celebrated his 95th birthday. In honor of the occasion, South Africa has simply exploded with color as art and murals have erupted everywhere. Giant color-soaked murals, posters, and panels have sprung to life around Johannesburg to mark the incredible life of the anti-apartheid leader. For […]

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Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Welcomes “The Sixties”

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has recently unveiled a tribute show to the period of American history know as The Sixties. For many people, as well as historians, The Sixties was actually the decade between 1965 and 1975. The Museum has put together a show entitled “Hippie Chic”. During the period known as The […]

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Chicago’s Loop Unveils Giant Mural

Recently mounted on the Century Building in downtown Chicago is a 500 square foot mural. The painting depicts a celebratory parade as it meanders its way through scenic downtown Chicago. The painting was created by Noah MacMillan and is called The Float. It was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance. The Alliance has dedicated itself to […]

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The Greatest Sports Museums in North America

Some of the greatest sports museums can be found right here in North America. Not only are there works of art dedicated to the greatest players in professional sports, but many have technological innovations that stun and entertain visitors. Here are two of the best sports museums North America has to offer: First on the […]

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Art Institute of Chicago Voted Best Art Museum in U.S.

The Art Institute of Chicago was recently voted the Best Art Museum in the US by the Trip Advisors Travelers Choice Attractions Awards. It was a reader’s award as readers voted on their favorite museums throughout the world and based their opinions on the quality of the museum. Not only did the Art Institute finish […]

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Unusual Art Exhibit Arrives in London

It is a most unusual art exhibit to say the least. Geoffrey Harrison, a figurative style painter from Manchester, England will bring a 25 painting show to the Bart’s Pathology Museum in London in August. The paintings are based on medical anatomical parts of the body and will focus primarily on such things as the […]

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Wright’s Legendary Robie House Restoration Continues

The Chicago landmark, the Robie House, continues an impressive $11 million restoration. The house was designed and built by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1910 and stands on the grounds of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. The house is named for the original owner, Frederick C. Robie. Unfortunately, Robie had to […]

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Mission in California Seeks to Restore 200 Year Old Painting

After being neglected and ignored for over 200 years, a painting that hangs in the Mission San Juan Capistrano has been, finally, uncovered and an attempt at restoration will begin. The painting was originally painted in 1800 by Spanish artist Juan Zervas and is entitled The Crucifixion. It stands twelve feet tall and is six […]

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Lasers Now Being Used for Art Restoration

A physician at the Center for Molecular and Biomedical Imaging at Duke University has effectively used a laser to clean and restore fine art as well as to discover what may lie underneath a painting without damaging it. The method was discovered by Dr. Warren S. Warren while he was attending London’s National Gallery. He […]

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Unique Impressionist Art Institute Exhibit Enchants & Delights

  It was four years in the making, but for the Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gloria Groom, it was the proverbial labor of love. The new Impressionist exhibit features 75 Impressionist paintings with a focus on fashion. Groom hopes that the exhibit inspires a unique look at the fashion of the late […]

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Chicago Sculpture Exhibit Celebrates Ten Years

The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit is celebrating its tenth year bringing unique and innovative pieces to the public. The Exhibit has displayed hundreds of sculptures over the past decade and the program has featured over sixty artists during that time. The Exhibit was founded in 2001 by Chicago Alderman Vi Daley. It is a non profit […]

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Union Workers Display Artwork at New York Headquarters

The largest union in the country for building services workers, 32BJ, has become a labor for love and appreciation.  According to nytimes.com, the union has recently expanded a program in which any of its members may display created works of art in their headquarters building located in New York City. The program began eight years ago and […]

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Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus Continues to Inspire

  According to princeton.edu, one of the most legendary, and influential, paintings of all time remains The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The painting was an original commissioned to Botticelli from the mighty de Medici family of Florence, Italy. The work shows the goddess, Venus, emerging from the ocean fully grown. She arrives on a large shell […]

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Israeli Artist Thrives With Crushed Fiat Automobiles

A recent art exhibit in Israel has highlighted the work of the Israeli-British artist and architect, Ron Arad. The extent of the show was a half dozen wall hangings. All of the hangings were a half dozen rusted out and crushed Fiat automobiles. The native of Tel Aviv has always favored metal as his primary source […]

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Remembering the Legendary Roy Lichtenstein

He was born in 1923 in New York City. An introvert by nature, he preferred to spend his time quietly listening to his radio show heroes such as Flash Gordon and other superheroes of the time. Before he was done with his career as an artist, however, Roy Lichtenstein would go on to become an […]