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Restoration Case Study: Mural Revival

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By JULIANNA TANCREDI, Restoration Division

At Restoration Division, a fine art conservation studio in Chicago, murals are given a new lease on life regularly. Murals are unique in their physical and stylistic connection to a location, and this creates issues as older buildings with murals are renovated, demolished, or repurposed. The process can potentially be devastating for an artwork that is on a wall or ceiling, but it can also be seen as an opportunity to save, restore, and transfer a mural to a new environment. Older murals inherently have their own trail of thoughts and histories, and incorporating them into new spaces can create nuanced and complex interiors. The juxtaposition of the modern and antique is a trend that has gained recognition and popularity year over year, and fine art conservators are on the front line of this movement.

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Rising Star Hebru Brantley is Back in the Gallery

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Hebru Brantley is one of Chicago's rising stars. Brantley’s pop-infused contemporary art is inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring. His latest show, Hebru Brantley: Eat Crap King, explores the relationship between the two major contemporary art archetypes of Basquiat and Andy Warhol. His second solo show at Vertical Gallery opens February 4, showcasing a style of work he has not shown in some time. Brantley shared a few thoughts with CGN on his new show.

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New Annual CGN Arts Guide Is Here

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Our first edition of the new Chicago Gallery News 2017 Arts Guide is here! 

Pick up a copy of our 160-page book in area galleries, museums, the Chicago Cultural Center, area hotels and more locations.

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial to Coincide with Sixth EXPO Chicago

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2017 marks the second celebration of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In partnership with City of Chicago, EXPO Chicago and others, the biennial will explore the theme MAKE NEW HISTORY by presenting diverse work from local, national and international architects. The Chicago cityscape will serve as the backdrop for the development of new architectural projects, proposals, and experiments that consider role of architectural traditions within progress and innovation. 

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A Museum of the New Turns 50: The MCA’s Big Birthday

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One of Chicago’s leading arts institutions has hit middle-age: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Grounded in a mission devoted to the curation of contemporary art and to performance through experimentation and collaboration, today the MCA claims an expansive, diverse collection of contemporary works as well as a range of socially-conscious programs, artist initiatives and community outreach.

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The City of Chicago Designates 2017 The Year of Public Art

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50 years ago on August 15, 1967, Pablo Picasso’s 50-foot tall, abstract steel sculpture was donated to the city and unveiled in Daley Plaza. Chicago’s long and rich tradition of making public art an accessible, often times literally monumental, part of our every day lives, has only continued to expand and evolve.

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New CGN Arts Guide in 2017

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In early 2017 CGN will launch a new chapter, with our first edition of The CGN Arts Guide. This comprehensive listings publication will cover the visual arts in Chicago, the suburbs, as well as in neighboring Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and beyond. 

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