| Apr 5, 2014
| 1:15 PM
You don't have to be a student of drawing to like what Mary Lee Ruff can do with a pencil.
Time and time again over the past few years, this talented Charles H. Taylor Arts Center instructor has demonstrated that — when it comes making art —...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Washington crossing the Eisenhower? “Nighthawks” at the bus stop? Come August, American art will be meeting the public in public, with such possible combinations as Grant Wood's “American Gothic” on a subway poster, a Frank Lloyd...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 2:23 PM
In the wall text of an engaging but uneven new architecture show at the Art Institute, there's an imagined conversation between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an unnamed adviser.
"Sir," the adviser begins, "Chicago is broke. Decades of poor planning have left...
| Sep 12, 2011
Anybody who has ever left a tough, close-knit, working-class community for a life as a painter, writer, musician, dancer or some other creative career is familiar with a couple of abiding truths. The arts can change your life — if you're lucky...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Samantha Hill awaits your input. And awaits.
Then awaits some more.
"I think people know I'm here," she said on a recent afternoon, not sounding all that certain.
She laughed nervously.
The Hyde Park Art Center was quiet. Hill, who is 39 and...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:52 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
Beyonce surprised even her most ardent followers a few days ago by releasing her fifth studio album, “Beyonce” (Columbia), in one giant package on iTunes. The 14 songs and 17 videos comprise a “visual album,”...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 9:01 PM
A cultural shift that eventually became a landslide began 10 years ago this month, though almost no one noticed at the time. Apple Inc. rolled out a portable MP3 player it dubbed the iPod, and after a promising opening quarter in 2002, sales dropped...
| May 9, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Odds are you won’t be bidding at Christie’s special contemporary art auction Monday night in New York.
With estimates running as high as $12 million for a 1985 multiple of a Jeff Koons aqualung cast in bronze, which would helpfully drag...
| Aug 29, 2013
Before the Earth stopped turning so that everyone could halt their lives and watch the confused, gyrating choreo-ethnography that was Miley Cyrus' appearance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, you might have stumbled upon a viral video of a very...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:29 AM
He may not have composed more than 1,100 musical works, nor has he fathered 20 children. Otherwise, Richard Webster has much in common with Johann Sebastian Bach.
Like the German Baroque master, Webster is an active church musician, choral conductor,...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Full disclosure: When it comes to art, I may not be the most trenchant critic. Put me in front of a Vermeer or a Warhol and I can thoughtfully nod my head with the best of them. I can even appreciate the detail and the work that went into a painting. What...