A few years back, Newcity teamed up with Tribeca Flashpoint students to craft video profiles of Chicago artists and artist collectives. Starting this week, we’ll publish the best of them. If you’re interested in contributing a video profile to Newcity Art, email email@example.com
- Who Cares About Ray Johnson? The Art Institute of Chicago Models Thoughtful Stewardship of an Artist’s Practice While past exhibitions, such as the groundbreaking 1999 traveling exhibition “Correspondences,” attended to the breadth of Johnson’s production, this presentation of so-called Johnsonalia differentiates itself for the ways in which it foregrounds and models the immense care that Wilson took to preserve Johnson’s life and work.
- There Is No Map: Artist Collectives Grapple With Environmental Crises From close-knit to widely dispersed, the artists networks in “Collective Communities” suggest an approach to understanding, communicating and intervening in the reality of environmental collapse.
- Just One of Us: Artist Dont Fret Merges Craft with "This is No Quiet City" Dont Fret deftly weaves stories—all written between 2020-2023—of growing up in Wicker Park, with paintings of everyday Chicagoans and the minutiae of their lives.
- Frida's World: Deepening Our Understanding of the Iconic Artist through the Lens of Others This exhibition really brings out the complexity again, and really helps shed light on places and ideas and events that are not as obvious.
- Celebrating the Portrait: A Review of "Face to Face" at WithInSight Gallery Curators Denise Orlin and Federica Ghidelli brought in the master to jury their portrait show. From 242 entries hailing from countries as far flung as Taiwan, Sweden and Chile, Sandro Miller chose just fifty-four. The range is vast.
- Immersive Delight: In Nick Cave's First Retrospective, the Artist Dares Us to Dream Nick Cave: Forothermore" is both an ode to those who, whether due to racism, homophobia, or other forms of bigotry, live their lives as the “other”—and a celebration of the way art, music, fashion and performance can help us envision a more just future.