| Jan 14, 2014
France is always working to show off its rich heritage in innovative ways. You'll see some impressive changes this year.
The big news in Paris is that the extensive, multi-year makeover of the Picasso Museum is nearing completion. The museum, which...
| Feb 18, 2014
Lately, I've really been enjoying what I consider to be the "second cities" of Europe, such as Naples in Italy, Marseille in France and Hamburg in Germany. These places often have a rough, Industrial Age heritage and a rust-belt vibe that keeps them...
| Sep 30, 2009
It's not a shocker, really, that the figures lifted from one of American art's most famous images and made enormous and three-dimensional have proved so popular.
There is something both surprising and pleasing about encountering God Bless America, J....
| Apr 17, 2011
Chicago has long had a thing for strippers and I do not mean the anything-but-subtle lap dancers who populate so-called gentlemen's' clubs.
I mean some of the legendary artists (and I do mean artists) who have wowed Chicago through the decades, among...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:59 PM
Decades ago, Woody Guthrie wrote the sparse lyrics for a song he never got around to recording, “New Multitudes,” a plea to future generations to stay the course: “Give me my new multitudes/Gonna build my world over/Gotta have new...
| Jul 15, 2011
It should be good news that a giant statue of a woman rose over one of Chicago's most conspicuous public spaces this week.
Chicago, a city that has almost as many statues as it has potholes, is notoriously short on statues of women. Mile after...
| Dec 22, 2011
***1/2 (out of four)
At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.&...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Most American wildlife artists don't think twice when it comes to taking the super-realistic path pioneered so spectacularly by the great John James Audubon in the early 1800s.
No one had ever seen anything like his closely observed, disarmingly lifelike...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 8:00 PM
When you leaveFrance'sfamous Ecole Des Beaux Arts after just one day, you're probably marching to your own drummer.
But no one in the late 1940s imagined just how strange and different a path Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser would take in...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 6:53 AM
My experiences with sand castles are inauspicious.
On the beach, I'm more likely to have sand kicked in my face than to employ it in the creation of some miniature architectural gem. My lumpy, cup-shaped mounds of mud are quickly washed away and, trust...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 7:51 AM
When the new $46 million Goodman Theatre opened its doors on Dec. 11, 2000, with the inaugural performance of August Wilson's "King Hedley II," the Loop was beset by a blizzard. Ever cognizant of the political perils of Chicago snowstorms, Mayor Richard...