Monday, December 23, 2013

Chicago: Stained Glass Windows

 
 
Curator Rolf Achilles at Macy's Pedway,
with American Victorian Stained Glass Window Installations
A PIONEERING EXHIBIT
 
 
For the entire post, .. click here..

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Driehaus Museum [Louis Comfort Tiffany - expression of Beauty through stained glass]



One of the posts I absolutely enjoyed writing
is on Louis Comfort Tiffany
and the different types of glass he used to produce vibrant, dazzling pieces
NOTE: All my new updates are on my Public Art website.. click here..


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Navy Pier [Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows and Driehaus Gallery]




Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Navy Pier, Chicago.


 
New updates on this blog have almost stopped
as all new updates have been on my new website with the same name
Public Art in Chicago.. click here..



A recent addition has been on
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier..and..
The Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass Windows, Navy Pier.
I have been organizing the images in Photo Galleries..

Smith Museum: Photo Gallery I.. click here..
Smith Museum: Photo Gallery II.. click here..
Smith Museum: Photo Gallery III.. click here..
Smith Museum: Photo Gallery IV [Tiffany Galleries].. click here..
And
Driehaus Gallery.. click here..

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Smith Museum [Holy Family - by Alfonso Iannelli]

Holy Family - by Alfonso Iannelli

 
Holy Family - Design and possibly fabricated by Alfonso Iannelli
 
Location: Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
At Navy Pier, Chicago.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 Temporary Exhibit: Boeing Galleries at Millennium Park [ Legends, Myths and Truths - by Jun Kaneko]

  

Legends, Myths and Truths – by Jun Kaneko
Temporary Exhibition: April 12 – November 3, 2013.
Location: North and South Boeing Galleries at Millennium Park, Chicago.
 
 
 
 
Jun Kaneko at the Opening Reception of exhibition,
"Legends, Myths and Truths".

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Moving Forward: NEW Developments

I have not updated this blog in quite sometime. But I have not quit documenting Public Art in Chicago.. Here are some New Developments that has been consuming my time..

 NEW WEBSITE:
 
My own website.. "Public Art in Chicago" click here..
This was long overdue. It  is the same as my blog, but much more personal..
About Me: click here..
My Commissions: click here..
This will be more of a sculptor based website..
The website is in various stages of incompleteness...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AIC Temporary Exhibition: Picasso and Chicago

 
 
PICASSO AND CHICAGO
Temporary Exhibit :  February 20, 2013 – May 12, 2013
At Regenstein Hall [ The Art Institute of Chicago]
Curator:  Stephanie D'Alessandro.

The Exhibition marks the centennial anniversary
 of the Armory Show in Feb, 1913. 
The show was at the Art Institute of Chicago [AIC],
which became the first American museum to exhibit works of
Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]
 
A Terrific Exhibition!!! It brings out the evolution of  a genius that was Pablo Picasso!!! Picasso is my all time favorite artist, and this exhibition traces the different styles and techniques Picasso mastered from the early Blue Period to his late career. It illuminates the special bond Chicago has with Picasso and how pivotal was been the role of AIC in the awareness of the artist! I am specially Thankful for the inclusion of  22 illustrations from the Vollard Suite, [where Picasso inserted himself as the mythical  man-beast Minotur into scenes of bacchanalian feasts], which has always intrigued me! 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

EXPO Chicago teams up with city's major cultural institutions to announce, EXPO Art Week: Sep16-22, 2013.

 
Tony Karman, President/ Director of EXPO Chicago!
 
Tuesday, February 20 2013:
Special Announcement at the Chicago Cultural Center
[Millennium Park Room]
 
Expo Chicago, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art,
teams up with
Choose Chicago, and
 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE]
for the Expo Art Week!
Sep 16-22, 2013.
 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Desti-Nation: A Haitian Magazine, with article on Dusable



Desti-Nation: A Haitian magazine, with the goal of  promoting Haiti outside;  had story on Jean-Baptiste Pointe duSable. It was a lead story, covered in the center pages of the magazine.  The article "Jean Baptiste Pointe duSable of Haitian descent, Founder of Chicago", was by Marc Arthur Pierre -Louis, and the accompanying photo was an image taken by me!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Figural Sculptures of Lincoln Park







When it comes to commemorative sculptures, figural has it's place firmly established. No amount of abstraction, symbolism or minimalism can bring out the beauty and accuracy  of a detailed figural sculpture. It can capture essence of one's character in one simple pose, and immortalize it for ages to come! Personally, I love figural sculptures!!!

While talking about figural, Lincoln Park has  a fair share of these beautiful bronzes. The most famous is the "Abraham Lincoln Monument" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which has been designated the status of  a Chicago Landmark. But there are many others which are absolutely beautiful. My personal favorite is the Shakespeare Monument..



Abraham Lincoln Monument
by  Augustus Saint-Gaudens [sculptor], Stanford White [architect]
Year Completed: 1887
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 12, 2001
Address: Lincoln Park at North Dearborn Parkway
 


 
Green Vardiman Black - by Frederick Cleveland Hibbard
Donated by the National Dental Association, in appreciation for Black's services to the profession.
Location: Lincoln Park,north of North Ave. at Astor Street.
For more,  click here..
 
 
 
 

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial - by Louis Rebisso
Installed: 1891
Location: It's in the east end of the Lincoln Park Zoo overlooking the Cannon Drive.
 
 Interestingly Grant statue is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, whereas Lincoln statue is  in the heart of Grant Park. Was there a  mistaken switch. Apparently NOT 
 
The city of Chicago's website explains it as thus .. It's a Chicago curiosity, but can easily be explained by knowing the history of Chicago's prominent lakefront parks. Lincoln Park was Chicago's first park, well established at the time of Grant's death. The mud-covered remains of the Great Chicago Fire would be developed as a series of formal gardens after the turn of the century and named for Grant, another honor for this great Civil War hero.

For more, click here..
For Lincoln Memorial in Grant Park, click here..
 



William Shakespeare - by William Ordway Partridge
Installed: 1894
Location: Lincoln Park: Grandmother's Garden..
 
Perhaps my favorite figural! The details are amazing. The cloths, the shoes, the posture. it's on beautiful sculpture!!! 
 
The base is inscribed Shakespeare's words from Hamlet, What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!  On the opposite side is Samuel T. Coleridge's words.. He was not for an age but for all time, our myriad- minded Shakespeare....
 
For more, click here..
 
 
Benjamin Franklin Monument - by Richard Henry Park.
He made the sculpture for the 1893 World's Fair.
Installed in Lincoln Park: 1896..
Relocated: 1966
For more, click here..
 

 
Hans Cristian Andersen Monument - by  Johannes Sophus Gelert
Installed: 1896
Location: Stockton Drive
For more, click here..
 
 
Johanne Christoph Friedrich von Schiller - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau
Installed: 1886..
Location: Lincoln park - Formal Garden/Southern end of the Conservatory Garden
East of Stockton Dr at Webster Avenue
For more,  click here..
 

 
LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing
The statue is donated by Lambert Tree...
Installed: 1889
Location: 2045 N. Lincoln Park West..
For more,  click here..
 


 



 
 
 

 
 
Richard J. Oglesby - by Leonard Crunelle
Installed: 1919
Location: Lincoln Park, west of Cannon Drive and east of the north end of North pond..
For more, click here..
 
 
 
 
General Philip H. Sheridan  - by  Gutzon Borglum
Installed: 1923
Location: Lincoln Park, near Sheridan Road at Belmost Ave. and N. Lakeshore Drive.
Sheridian [1831-88] is portrayed here as a commander of Army of the Shenandoah on Oct 19, 1864.
For more,  click here..
 
 
INCOMPLETE!!!  But time sleep now!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Non Identical twins of Grant Park

 
 
Small little things can amuse me! Yesterday, working on the Eagles photos in Grant Park, I realized that the two eagles on the north and south of the Congress Plaza in Grant Park are not identical [somehow I had always assumed they were!].  This provided an incentive for a small quick post..
 
The non-identical twins of Grant Park!
 
The Bowman and Spearman - by  Ivan Mestrovic
The Eagle Fountains - by Frederick C. Hibbard
The Lions - by Edward Kemeys

 
 
 
  The Bowman and Spearman - by  Ivan Mestrovic
Location: Congress Plaza Gardens, Grant Park
For more,  click here
 
 
 
The Eagle Fountains - by Frederick C. Hibbard
Location: Congress Plaza Gardens, Grant Park
For more, click here..
 
One has it's beak open, one close.Frederick C. [who is the sculptor's grandson]  points out that the eagle on the north side is a Golden Eagle and on the south side is the Bald Eagle.
 
 
 
The Lions - by Edward Kemeys
Location: Art Institute of Chicago
For more, click here..

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Frizzflopsqueezepop - by Claire Ashley

 
 
 
 
Fizzflopsqueezepop - by Claire Ashley
at Chicago Cultural Center - First Floor
Temporary Exhibit: January 12th - March 31st, 2012.
Opening Reception: January 11, 2012.

Frizz-Flop-Squeeze-Pop!!! Whimsical, vibrant, cheerful, sprightly splash of colors on inflated canvases occupy first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center! The exhibit has an equally playful name Frizzflopsqueezepop!!!

Here are some images from the Opening Reception on Friday, January 11, 2012.
 

 
 Artist Claire Ashley
 



From left, curator Nathan Mason, artist Claire Ashley and Commissioner Michelle Boone..

Claire Ashley is Scottish-born, Chicago based artist, with MFA from SAIC, where she currently teaches in the Comtemporary Practices and Painting & Drawing Depatment.  Michelle T. Boone is Commissioner of the  City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events,  and Nathan Mason is the Curator of Exhibits and Public Art at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago.





From left, curator Nathan Mason, artist Claire Ashley and Commissioner Michelle Boone.



A typical meet-n-greet shot from the Opening Reception.
 
I had this great opportunity of meeting with Calire's family members, who were there to support her.
 
 
 
 
Claire Ashley with her family.
 
 
 
Claire with her kids..
 
 
And here is Claire's mom with her grandkids!
 
 
 
 
And I spotted a few members of the Project Onward team in the opening reception.
 
 
 
The incredible girls of Project Onwards team!
They really are INCREDIBLE!
Each one is an artist in her own right and work with artists at Project Onwards!

 
 Below are some images of her work. As Danny Orendorff, Independent Critic describes..
Ultimately, howere, the production of the inflates comes back to Ashley's unwavering curiosity in color, paint, and the possiblities of abstraction. Like most art, the proff is in the process: in how aerated paint applied to canvas that is then, itself, aerated can produce washes, belnds, textures and composites of colors.
 
 

Beauwoahzeau [one], 2012
Spray paint on PVC canvas tarpauline and fan. Dimensions variable.
 
 

Beauwoahzeau [two], 2012
Spray paint on PVC canvas tarpauline and fan. Dimensions variable.
 
 
 
Untitles Sintra 2, 2012
Spray paint and acrylic paint on sentra panel
 



RUD, 2012










Names and more information will be filled-up as I get them.