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Books: Chicago Confidential

"Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now" emphasizes how women artists and artists of color have contributed to the city's cultural life from its very beginnings and how activism has…

Artist Aggrieved

A prominent and charismatic personality of his generation, R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007) was also a polarizing figure, commanding widespread art world admiration as well as a smaller quotient of critical…

Regional Unreal

Grant Wood created an art of populist appeal, which, when probed for its underlying content, reveals troubling tensions and endless ambiguities.

Elizabeth Malaska

In the six large paintings on view in Elizabeth Malaska's exhibition (all works 2017), female nudes in strange interiors smoke, sleep, sob, or stare at smartphones.

Denzil Hurley

With the subtlest of moves, he weds abstraction to extra-aesthetic concern: Black Lives Matter protests come to mind, with the chilling recollection that the white-clad Klan has had a presence in the…

Stephen Hayes

Eighteen landscape paintings (all 2016) made up the exhibition Stephen Hayes called “In the Hour Before,” most depicting unremarkable terrain. Roseburg (10-1-15) resembles a Daubigny only just begun…

Rae Mahaffey

In “So-and-So,” Rae Mahaffey presented 11 abstract paintings (all 2015) that signal an exciting high point in an already accomplished, 30-year career. Impeccably crafted, with beautiful, layered surfa…

Julia Stoops

Over the past two decades, Julia Stoops has forged a multi-faceted career in Portland, founding a design studio, teaching art, writing fiction and showing her paintings at various venues around the ci…

Ellen Lesperance

Despite wishful arguments for art as an agent of change, art-making itself can never be confused with real activism, where personal liberty, livelihoods, bodies, even lives are laid on the line.&nbsp…

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