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Funding

Chicago non-profit 3Arts awards $150,000 to three women artists

In its largest round of grants ever, the arts club turned artist funder has created a new “Next Level” series of prizes

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Photography

Magnum photographer Alec Soth defends similarities with work by Chicago artist Tonika Johnson

On commission for the New York Times, Soth says he had "no knowledge" of the long-term project by the Chicago resident and documentary photographer

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Commercial galleries

Chicago galleries eat up restaurant reservation app to buoy business

After a months-long shut down of in-person visits, a group of dealers have turned to online reservation systems initially built to support restaurants

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Monuments

What to do with all those toppled monuments? Artist suggests turning Chicago dump site into sculpture park

The conceptual artist JB Daniel has offered a location for America’s unwanted statues in an industrial wasteland bounded by the Calumet River

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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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Personal stories of coronavirus

Chicago artist Nick Cave has found a way to keep performing during quarantine

In a new video series called Cultural Stimulus, the artist aims to share “sparks of happiness” with a public sheltering at home

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Terra Foundation for American Art

Terra Foundation for American Art recruits new leader from Colby College Museum

Sharon Corwin aims to help forge partnerships with arts organisations and interrogate histories of American art

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Driehaus Museum

Chicago’s Driehaus Museum has announced the second installment of its contemporary art initiative

Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi will create site-specific works that respond to architecture and history of the Nickerson Mansion

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Exhibitions

Terra Foundation plans 2024 sequel to Art Design Chicago

Yearlong 2018 effort drew 2.5 million people and brought attention to overlooked artists

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Obituaries

Stefan Edlis, prolific Chicago philanthropist and collector of contemporary art, has died, aged 94

Along with his wife Gael Neeson, the plastics mogul was considered a "Nobel Laureate of Chicago Philanthropy"

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USA

Chicago project is growing a community for artist mothers

Extended Practice organises discussions, child-friendly performances and events with babysitters

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Art & Design 2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial reckons with displacement, privation and segregation

Artists’ works address a history of colonialisation and marginalisation and its impact on contemporary urban realities

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Art fairs

Strong, diverse and on the ascent: new fair and galleries add to Chicago's booming commercial art scene

Growing momentum in the Windy City is drawing in talent from across the US and around the world

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USA

US government intervenes as Israel bombing victims issue lawsuit asking for Iranian antiquities from museums

Iran argues that artefacts housed abroad should have immunity since they originate from a foreign sovereign state

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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 market

Decorative arts sales shift to Chicago

New York vies with London for nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts sales, but Chicago is coming on quickly

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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

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September 2012

Inside the house that Theaster Gates built

Rising art star and activist Theaster Gates is transforming his Chicago neighbourhood, one building at a time

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Chicago

Possible US sanctions on Iran could create back door for commandeering of museum antiquities as damages

Persepolis tablets on loan to Chicago's Oriental Institute since the 1930s compromised in lawsuit brought by victims of Jerusalem suicide bombing

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Alexander Calder

Calder in Chicago’s Willis tower in legal battle

Former owners of the building stake their claim over the 1974 piece Universe

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Collectors

Collector Richard Driehaus's private museum gets a classical makeover

Who said it was all about modernism?

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May 2009

Chicago's industrialist benefactors built the city’s art collections—but can today’s patrons maintain them?

So far the next generation have yet to replicate their parents’ efforts on the same scale

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Restitution

Field Museum returns Maori skulls

Chicago follows European trend

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Restitution

Field Museum to return Maori remains to New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum in Wellington, will hold them until they can be identified

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May 2006

As US museums face mounting legal issues, an annual conference explores what to do with whistleblowers and dodgy donors

Recent corporate scandals have raised concerns that American charities should be examining their ethics policies

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News

Chicago unveils its new art park

The $475 million Millennium Park includes a bandshell by Frank Gehry and a massive sculpture by Anish Kapoor

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Chicago

Special shows and artists on site made Chicago the capital of the craft market

Prevailing gloom did not deter buying

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Sotheby's

Sotheby’s ends auctions in Chicago

Twentieth-century decorative arts market may shift to local firms and Phillips

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Art fairs

Few standout sales as the young and up-and-coming benefit from more recreational buyers: Art Chicago 2001

Limited international collectors, but American museums, local collectors, tourists and children out in force

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Collectors

Collector interview: Lew Manilow on art and Chicago

It is fifty years since this collector and essentially American philanthropist was turned on to art while at Harvard. He has been an integral part of the art establishment in Chicago for decades

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Chicago

Mies' landmark Chicago university campus subject to redesign

Rem Koolhaas to revive inner city property

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Commercial galleries

Chicago galleries co-operate to keep collectors local

Commercial galleries with common goals banding together

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Museums

Chicago’s answer to MoMA: Museum of Contemporary Art opens next month

Chicagoans have raised $55 million for this major new museum

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Collectors

A century of tradition: looking at the art lovers of Chicago

Money from finance, industry and the law fund some of the city’s leading buyers and contemporary art is high on their agenda

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Art Chicago

Too many fairs spoil the market in Chicago

But Blackman's New Pier Show promises well

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Exhibitions

The place of archaeology, “retrospection” and history in the work of contemporary artists

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