Chicago

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Exhibitions

From lantern slides to racist caricatures, the Walker showcases Theaster Gates the collector

Chicago artist strives for a poetic “resurrection” of African American stories in a solo show in Minneapolis

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Art fairs

Bigger is not better at Chicago’s Alternative Space art fair

The gallery-share fair model that predates Condo brings smaller dealers together as the Windy City's commercial gallery scene grows

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Residencies

New residency programme puts Chicago’s justice system under artistic scrutiny

Artists can help "demystify" courtroom experience, founder says

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Chicago

Veterans and artists draw creative profit out of war

A project at the inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial in Chicago aims to create artistic equity out of conflict

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Exhibitions

Happy little clouds: Bob Ross’s first museum show aims to change his reputation

Group show will help the 1980s TV painter move from kitsch king to conceptual pioneer

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Art fairs

NADA to launch Chicago fair in September

After cancelling its New York event, the organisation's new Chicago Invitational will feature around 40 galleries in the historic Chicago Athletic Association

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Appointments & departures

Terra Foundation’s transformational leader Elizabeth Glassman to step down

During her two-decade tenure, the Terra closed its Chicago museum and turned its attention to grant-making and collaborations

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Public art

Nick Cave beautifies Chicago’s Garfield Park station with floral installation

The stop will serve the future Obama Presidential Center

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In the frame

Snarkitecture’s pop-up installation brings beach season to Chicago’s Navy Pier

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Auctions

Public art advocates—and the artist himself—speak out against sale of Chicago library’s Kerry James Marshall mural

The work, commissioned in the 1990s for $10,000, is due to be sold at Christie’s, New York for an estimated $10m to $15m

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In the frame

Can’t get tickets for Hamilton: the Musical? See the exhibition instead

A new exhibition about the Broadway show opens in April 2019

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Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago grows but local dealers drop out

While international exhibitor numbers are up again, the Midwest collectors base proves elusive

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Conservation & Preservation

Chicago resurrects its master craftsman

Edgar Miller finally gets his due as the city prepares to celebrate the overlooked designer’s eclectic work

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Exhibitions

Hairy who? The group that put a spell on the 1960s Chicago art scene

Art Institute of Chicago hosts first major survey of the loose artist collective

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Books

Chicago’s art history, revised

An essay collection illuminates a rich and, ultimately, countercultural legacy

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Building projects

Tadao Ando designs Chicago art space dedicated to architecture and socially engaged work

The inaugural show at Wrightwood 659 will focus on Ando and Le Corbusier

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Law

Anish Kapoor sues NRA for copyright infringement

An image of his Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate was used in a video by the gun lobby that the artist says “seeks to whip up fear and hate”

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Exhibitions

Chicago’s Surrealists get the homecoming they deserve at the Arts Club

An exhibition at the historic private members club gives recognises a lesser known group of artists

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Exhibitions

Key figure of the Chicago Black Renaissance, Charles White, finally gets his due

Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate artist and activist after lengthy search for works

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Obituaries

Chicago dealer Richard Gray has died, aged 89

The gallerist and patron was a key figure in the city’s art scene for more than 50 years

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Bridging the divide: Terra Foundation and Art Bridges fund collaborative programming between major art institutions and regional venues

The MFA, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts are the first institutions awarded grants in a $15m pilot programme

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Is Chicago’s Spertus museum making a come back?

After years of financial problems and timid programming, the Jewish cultural institute is re-emerging with projects like Ellen Rothenberg’s installation on immigration

Interview

Madeleine Grynsztejn: 'A great art work and a great museum do the same thing—they raise consciousness'

The director of the MCA Chicago, which turned 50 this year, talks about how museums build citizenship—and soft power

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In the frame

Ofili adds restaurant design to his CV

To celebrate its 50th birthday this year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has given itself a gift as part of a building redesign: a new restaurant

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Biennials & festivals

Rehab and reuse top of agenda at Chicago Architecture Biennial

The second edition promises visionary solutions and a few surprises

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Auctions

Wright to auction the personal collection of Hudson, iconoclastic gallerist and artists’ champion, in Chicago

The man behind Feature Inc is remembered for his challenging eye—and a fraught relationship with the market

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Art schools

Art school under fire for bowing to transgender student complaints

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been accused of cowardice and censorship over its treatment of former professor and Henry Darger expert Michael Bonesteel

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Public art

The story behind the ‘controversial’ Picasso sculpture that became a symbol of Chicago

When it was first unveiled 50 years ago in the city centre, the monumental "homely" figure was not beloved by all

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Commercial galleries

Richard Gray Gallery opens new warehouse space in West Town, Chicago

A show of new work by Jim Dine inaugurates the building, while a concurrent display of his painting and drawing from the 1960s opens in the New York outpost

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In the frame

Janelle Monáe celebrates the MCA Chicago

Monáe is due to perform at the museum’s MCA ArtEdge: 50 gala