Randall Miller

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AFRICOBRA: Philosophy at the Logan Center

Barbara Jones-Hogu, "Unite," 1968-71; screenprint; 25.5 x 35 in. Courtesy of the artist and Logan Center for the Arts.

The assembly of works by AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), a collective of African American Chicago-based artists active during the 1960s and 1970s, now on display at the Logan Center for the Arts could fairly be described as a time capsule; it is more important for the moment it captures than for its contents. In addition to this exhibition, titled AFRICOBRA: Philosophy, the collective currently has two other[.....]

A Ballad for Chicago: Theaster Gates at MCA Chicago

nstallation view, Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad, MCA Chicago, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Last year, Theaster Gates and a team of collaborators took over a run-down building in Kassel, Germany called Huguenot House, renovating the space for performances and creative interventions as part of 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, the artist’s contribution to dOCUMENTA (13). It was a fitting gesture considering the restorative origins of the first dOCUMENTA in 1955, which reintroduced modern art to Germany after years[.....]

Painter of History

Painting has been around for a while, haven’t you heard? So it’s no surprise when a new show can set off a flurry of historical associations and still appear to be of its own time. Jon Pestoni’s exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Shane Campbell gallery does just that. Pestoni’s paintings bare a superficial resemblance to work by Gehard Richter. The vertical and horizontal movement[.....]

(Made by) PICASSO AND (owned in) CHICAGO

Trying to critique a blockbuster museum show like “Picasso and Chicago” at the Art Institute of Chicago is kind of like trying to offer thoughtful criticism of Coca-Cola; at this point, there’s not much that can be said that would enhance or diminish the iconic status of either of these monolithic cultural forces. So why bother? Here are a few personal thoughts and observations about[.....]

Hidden In Plain Sight

Artist Jeremy Bolen brought back a lot of pictures from his trip to Geneva, Switzerland last year, which are currently on view at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. Bolen’s one-man show titled CERN, features conceptual photography that is driven by unique processes of exposing film, processes which point toward challenging questions about the veracity of art. The Geneva photos aren’t exactly your standard images of a bucolic European countryside,[.....]

Where Images Fail: Newton, Connecticut

Editors note: “Where Images Fail: Newton, Connecticut” explores the inability of images to accurately explain the tradgedy and greif afflicted by mass shootings. As a result, we have decided to remove all images from today’s article. **** In one picture, a teenaged girl holds a phone to her ear. Her free hand clutches her chest. She’s alone in a parking lot on a sunny day. The[.....]

“Under One Sun” Erika Harrsch at Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery

According to chaos theory, a single flap from the wings of a butterfly can set off a string of events leading to major global changes. It’s no coincidence that the butterfly is the chosen catalyst in this theoretical scenario; symbolically, butterflies have been a remarkably durable representation of change, transition, transformation, and resurrection in the human imagination. In Erika Harrsch’s exhibition “Under One Sky” at[.....]