Let’s, for a moment, argue that art and politics (as we currently practise their convergent theories, and – with a secondary disclaimer – specifically in western visual art terminologies) has its roots in Italy. We’ll point out how the artists’ manifesto was the first real example of the merging of art and politics in the form of the art object, and that it was The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism (published in Bologna in 1909)… [read more »]
August 28th – September 3rd
The Mega Mall Exhibition series will feature a revolving display of work culled from a multitude of Chicago-based artists. The organizer’s intent is to expose Chicago to the broad expanse of relevant contemporary work produced here.
Organizing a show in a place designed explicitly for non-luxury commerce runs contrary to the model used by current art fairs, where access is denied to those without status or privilege. A tattoo artist in the Mega Mall becomes equivalent to a museum/gallery director, and personal, real world, life-applicable experiences become as relevant as the display and/or sale of an art object.