Chicago focus

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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

Blog
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

Analysis
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

Chicago resurrects its master craftsman

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

Preview
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

Review
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”

Review
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

Preview
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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Prizes

MCA Chicago launches Dunya Contemporary Art Prize and names first winner, Sophia Al-Maria

The $100,000 award recognises mid-career artists from the Middle East and its diaspora

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Museums

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

News

Rashid Johnson starts filming Native Son in Chicago

The US artist finds contemporary resonance in the 1940s novel

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Museums

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
Museums

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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Artists

Cai Guo-Qiang’s pyrotechnic mushroom cloud successfully erupts over Chicago

Multi-coloured explosive commission marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear reaction

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Architecture

Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot is now at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago

Theaster Gates and his Rebuild Foundation have organised a display and series of conversations around the disassembled structure, with hopes of rebuilding it outdoors this spring

Blog
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

Blog
In the frame

Solange has something to say to the art world

The performer let loose at a sold-out talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this week

News
Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago opens a week of cross-collaboration in the city

A confluence of events and exhibitions makes the Windy City an art and design Mecca

Blog
Expo Chicago

Hans Ulrich Obrist to host an interview mini-marathon at Expo Chicago 2018

The artist Theaster Gates and architect Jeanne Gang are two of the confirmed participants so far

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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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Cultural exchange

MCA Chicago goes global

A new initiative aims to “embed within the DNA of the museum” a more international view of the art historical canon

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Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago courts the high-minded collector with interdisciplinary offerings

This year’s edition is designed to maximise crossover potential with the second Chicago Architecture Biennial

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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

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Biennials & festivals

Terra Foundation reveals ambitious plans for Art Design Chicago in 2018

The year-long multi-venue festival will celebrate the city’s art and design legacy with 25 exhibitions