Angel Otero at Kavi Gupta AND Chicago Cultural Center

4 01 2010

It’s not often that an artist will have two exhibitions running simultaneously. So when one does, you better open your eyes and look. Angel Otero works will be showcased at Kavi Gupta Gallery until January 30, 2010 and the Chicago Cultural Center from January 23-March 28. You may want to do yourself a favor and stop by the Cultural Center on January 28 at 12:15 for his gallery talk. We’ll be there. To learn more about Otero visit his space at http://www.angelotero.com

We like Otero because he is only 28 years old and hails from Puerto Rico. He just recently finished his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and has already added to Chicago’s art experience.

Here is some information from the Chicago Cultural Center’s site. Also, have we mentioned how dope the Chicago Cultural Center is before? Just about all events are free and it’s a joy just to be in the building. So if you can’t make it to see Touch With Your Eyes: Recent Works by Angel Otero (although I can’t see how you wouldn’t) stop by as soon as you can. Ya Heard Me??!? V

“The deeply personal and passionate paintings of Angel Otero have made a mark on the cultural scene over the past few years. Otero, having just completed his MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this spring, was one of only four awardees nationwide to receive the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the visual arts this year, which will support his work over a two-year period in New York.

This exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center will be Otero’s largest solo show to date; it will bring together some 12-15 new works from the artist’s studio and private collections as evidence of his masterful use of materials, as well as revealing his ideas that stem from growing up in Puerto Rico and training in Chicago.”

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The Art Institute of Chicago’s New Modern Wing

9 05 2009

The Art Institute’s Modern Wing is set to open up by this time next week, Saturday, May 16th. It is being met with much fanfare as Target is sponsoring  free admission to the Modern Wing Saturday and Sunday (May 17th) of next weekend.

As reported at http://www.artinstituteofchicago.org:

“…the Modern Wing will provide a new home for the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century art.
Now a decade in the making, this 264,000 square-foot building makes the Art Institute the second largest
art museum in the United States. The building will house the museum’s world-renowned collections of
modern European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography.
The extraordinary scope and quality of these collections will be a revelation; each will be displayed more comprehensively than ever before. The opening of the Modern Wing will allow the Art Institute to take its rightful place as one of the world’s great collections of modern and contemporary art.”

That same excitement is shared by smaller galleries like the Museum of Contemporary Art, who have filled the modern void that the Art Institute of Chicago could not hold.  Read more on this in Other museums hope to benefit from Art Institute’s new Modern Wing.

Nonetheless, this is an exciting time for the art world in Chicago. We are excited to see the new electronic media display and the 1940’s photography. A review of the new modern wing from the urban arts perspective is sure to come. Check back on sunday!