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  • Getty's Josef Koudelka retrospective is grim yet riveting

    Given subjects that repeatedly focus on human barbarism, whether between people or by people against the natural environment, you won't find yourself smiling much in the large Josef Koudelka retrospective at the J. Paul Getty Museum. But again and again,...
  • 'Doris Salcedo' engages in the most visceral ways

    'Doris Salcedo' engages in the most visceral ways
    The contrast between then and now in the fourth floor galleries of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art couldn't be more striking. Where the museum most recently displayed, in essence, the overstuffed artifacts closet of the rock star David Bowie, now...
  • James Ensor's very public obsessions

    James Ensor's very public obsessions
    We all have our obsessions. Mine are private. James Ensor, the masterfully idiosyncratic turn-of-the-century Belgian artist, has his on very public display in the Art Institute of Chicago's winter blockbuster exhibition, "Temptation: The Demons of James...
  • Art Institute's exhibit on cities offers striking insight on today's unrest

     Art Institute's exhibit on cities offers striking insight on today's unrest
    Buildings going up in flames. Militarized police forces. Demonstrators disrupting routines of city life. These images aren't from news coverage of fallout from controversial police actions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island. They form a record of...
  • Chicago's best visual art in 2014

    Chicago's best visual art in 2014
    This has been a year of bittersweet goodbyes, as some of the brightest curators in Chicago have left for Toronto, Philadelphia, Kassel, Germany, and beyond. 2015 will fill those Lucite platform shoes with who-knows-who, but in the meantime, here's what we...
  • Maggie Daley Park a seed with potential to blossom

     Maggie Daley Park a seed with potential to blossom
    At this awkward stage in its young life, the new Maggie Daley Park brings to mind a gangly teenager. Energetic? Absolutely. Graceful? Not yet. It's strange to come upon this park, whose towering, tripod-shaped light masts resemble giant praying mantises...
  • The Art Institute video collection is on YouTube

    The Art Institute video collection is on YouTube
    The artist William Wegman is probably best known for his photographs of Weimaraners. For decades now he has been able to coax his pet dogs to pose stoically before his lens, offering a steady, curious, tolerant gaze to the camera despite the oddball...
  • Chicago-area classical music recommendations

    Chicago-area classical music recommendations
    'Anna Bolena': Lyric Opera's vocally vibrant new production of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece features Sondra Radvanovsky as the doomed Anne Boleyn, Jamie Barton as her rival Jane Seymour and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Patrick Summers conducts, Kevin...
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: An easy-to-like place for difficult art

    Museum of Contemporary Art: An easy-to-like place for difficult art
    A recent visit to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art discovered in its galleries: • A photograph depicting a photograph of the photographer's eye as it bathed in a darkroom solution. • A one-armed 1930s male mannequin in a girl's dress...
  • New 'Star Wars' lightsabers have some technical problems, experts say

     New 'Star Wars' lightsabers have some technical problems, experts say
    Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should. Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...
  • Success from sorrow, and a predecessor for 'Smokefall'

    Success from sorrow,  and a predecessor for 'Smokefall'
    On Monday, Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" opens on the main stage of the Goodman Theatre. If you follow theater in Chicago, you might have read something about this remarkable play about a Grand Rapids, Mich., family seen across several generations. It...