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Season Previews: Summer 2017

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This summer features an enticing lineup of exhibitions from Jim Dine paintings at Richard Gray Gallery’s new warehouse space to a survey of work by Angela Gonzales at Fermilab Art Gallery.

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In Search of the Eclectic

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By GINNY VAN ALYEA

Sally Schwartz says she has always been a hoarder. As a child she was always saving various objects, and she’s continued to hold onto many of those things even today, from an old record case and all of her 45 records, to Winnie-the-Pooh’s Piglet and a resultant collection of pigs. If Sally is drawn to something, she will hunt for many more examples of it. Her passion for seeking just the right vintage needle in a cluttered haystack has led her to become queen of Chicago’s vintage market scene, having founded the Randolph Street Market Festival in 2004.

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Public Art and the Masses: Examining Sculpture in Grant Park

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By FRANCK MERCURIO

In recognition of Chicago’s “Year of Public Art,” Chicago Gallery News is featuring a series of articles chronicling milestones of public art in Chicago. The second in the series examines the connections between three sculptures in Grant Park.

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Polish Sculptor and Agora Artist Magdalena Abakanowicz Has Died at 86

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Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz (born in 1930), an artist with a career spanning more than five decades, died yesterday in Warsaw.

In Chicago she is most known for Agora (2006), 106 upright figures, made of iron and each standing nine feet tall, permanently installed in Grant Park.

Abakanowicz told the Chicago Tribune in 2005, “Every sculpture can be turned into decoration. But if you have 100, you are confronted by them and must think and imagine and question yourself. This is what I want.”

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Terra Foundation Announces Yearlong Initiative to Explore Impact of Chicago's Art and Design Legacy

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The Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation officially announced Art Design Chicago, a yearlong initiative to explore Chicago's role in the history of art and design. Art Design Chicago provides over $6 million in funding to support exhibitions and public programming at more than 40 cultural organizations. Partners range from large institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution to community focused art organizations like the Hyde Park Art Center and the South Side Community Art Center.

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Hélio Oiticica Exhibition at the Art Institute Activated by Spontaneity of Visitors

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By JACQUELINE LEWIS

Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica’s first U.S. retrospective is now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The survey includes a number of well-known works alongside material that has never been exhibited. Spanning his short but impactful career, To Organize Delirium maps out his early modernist works while recreating a number of large-scale, interactive installations.

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Ballet de Lorraine Performs Captivating Works by Merce Cunningham

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In this two-part series, CGN intern Jacqueline Lewis shares her insights into the new Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibition and accompanying performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Lewis has been a dancer for most of her life; she took her first dance lesson at two years old, and she began training with the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the age of sixteen. The second part in the series focuses on Centre Chorégraphique National–Ballet de Lorraine's recent performance of works from Cunningham's repertoire. 

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