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Pandemic Solutions
JD Beltran surveys a cross section of how the arts have adopted to pandemic conditions. Both institutions and artists have produced a wide range of solution that are reflected here. More...


Grant Wood's Secret
Like the myth of Main Street U.S.A., the closeted Grant Wood hid behind his own myth as an exemplar of traditional agrarian values. More...


My Battle against the ‘P-word’
Most of us have at least one word or phrase that we hate — a word that rankles, that grates in such a way that we cringe. For me, that word is what I often refer to as ‘the P-word.’ More...


Nasher Mixtape
The idea for "Nasher Mixtape" comes from a widespread practice that began in the ’80’s, of recording a list of songs on a cassette tape. More...


Kelsey Brookes’ Science-based Art
Form microbiologist Kelsey Brookes uses science-based systems as the conceptual base for his wildly charged abstractions. More...


Laura Hapka
Laura Hapka engages modernist geometric reductivism through beeswax and humor that bathes her paintings in motional warmth. More...


A Grid to Build a Dream On: Avantika Bawa’s “Constructing Darkness”
Avantika Bawa's scaffolds are grids to build dreams on, a promise toward the progression of a plan, a construct towards a new, post-Covid reality. More...


Uncloseted: Historic Gay artists of Washington State
The book in the wake of the recently closed “The Lavender Palette” uncovers a wealth of valuable new material. More...


Bisa Butler: A Jubilation of Candy-Colored Quilts
Bisa Butler calls them Kool-Aid colors. She’s speaking of her bright palette, not a tray of paint but a wonderland of cloth. From these materials, she renders larger-than-life portraits of Black Americans. More...


Robert Irwin
Robert Irwin has worked extensively with fluorescent light fixtures recently, but this may be the first time anyone has not bothered to plug the lights in. The Old Master of Light and Space makes it all work. More...


Splatters Against the Pandemic
Splatter painting is a great quarantine option, at least if you have the luxury of that extra room or a large backyard. The mess left around the edges tends to evolve into better art than you are likely to see in the play area. More...


Bradford Salamon
For Bradford Salamon the pandemic lockdown led to intense self-reflection. His interest has gravitated towards women's faces. More...


Christian Marclay
In a selection of five collages and nine digital prints Christian Marclay constructs extremes of emotion built bit by bit. More...


Looking Ahead 15 Years
In 2004, James Wood resigned as Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, succeeded by James Cuno, who was succeeded in turn in 2011 by Douglas Druick, who has now been succeeded by James Rondeau. James Yood thanks them all. More...


Looking Ahead 15 Years
In 2004, James Wood resigned as Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, succeeded by James Cuno, who was succeeded in turn in 2011 by Douglas Druick, who has now been succeeded by James Rondeau. James Yood thanks them all. More...


Natalie Niblack
With her series of pointedly satirical ceramic portraits Natalie Niblack has established herself as an elite comic interpreters of the Age of Trump. More...


Yasuyo Maruyama: Mind's Eye
Yasuyo Maruyama's Beverly cropped face in extreme close-up combine exceptional formal discipline with evocative expression. More...


Tod Bailey
Tod Bailey's brand of figuration possesses a sense of urgency that exudes exceptional emotional and sexual energy. More...


Italo Scanga
Twenty years after his death, Italo Scanga's influence remains, but his achievement is not fully appreciated. More...


Lawn Art
The monotony of pandemic mornings is both comforting and boring. But boredom is the soil in which creative thoughts grow. More...

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