An Interactive Work Erupts on Navy Pier


Here we are enjoying the start of summer but still there are exciting signs of fall that we can look foward to and even embrace now. 

In the art world here, and elsewhere, fall is the biggest cultural season of the year. In Chicago the defining event is undoubtedly the opening of EXPO Chicago on Navy Pier and the art events and exhibitions timed to open along with the fair. The first sign of the upcoming fall art season erupted on Wednesday afternoon when an interactive installation by artist Roger Hiorns (Luhring Augustine, New York) debuted on the Pier as the first work that is part of IN/SITU Outside.

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Who's Ever Heard of a Pink Octopus? Enjoy Art with Your Family This Summer



Driving down Michigan Ave. the other day my 3 1/2 year old daughter noticed street banners promoting the MCA's new Takashi Murakami show and exclaimed, "Look, Mom! A pink octopus! Who ever heard of a pink octopus?"

Indeed, who's ever heard of a pink octopus? Artists are capable of dreaming up so much and making it real for us in different ways. Mr. Murakami even dressed in character for the preview of The Octopus Eats His Own Leg at the museum last week. I plan to take my daugher to see the exhibition soon, so that she may see more of the artist's wild and wonderful works in person. The octopus is just the beginning...

Beyond this unique show at the MCA, there is so much to see and do together in the art world this summer. Whether you are visiting on vacation or just taking advantage of what the city has to offer this time of year, we have a helpful calendar of family and youth art events available to help you plan future outings.

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An Interview with a Dealer: Bert Green


Each week, CGN interviews a local art dealer to discuss the ins and outs of running a gallery in the city of Chicago. This week we caught up with Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Art.

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The Art of Domesticity: An Interview with Brian T. Leahy


CGN is thrilled to partner with Chicago-based artist Brian T. Leahy to present Prop(House), an exhibition of new sculpture and drawing. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 5-8pm at our space in River North. In advance of the opening, we had the opportunity to interview Brian about his background as an artist and art historian and his particular interest in domestic spaces, interior construction materials and the history of Minimalism.

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Douglas Dawson Gallery Closing in July


Douglas Dawson Gallery announces that the gallery will close in July after 35 years of sharing tribal art and ethnographic material with the public. Dawson and Wallace Bowling will continue to operate as private dealers. 

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