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Old June 2nd, 2008, 09:02 PM   #21
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Jeff Koons at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA)



CHICAGO, IL - The contemporary artist and provocateur Jeff Koons is one of the most well known and intriguing artists of the 20th century. The seductive surfaces, luxurious scale and quality, and flawless execution of his works – many of which have become icons, such as Rabbit, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, and Puppy – transform everyday objects and fantasies into high art. After presenting the first survey of Koons’ work in 1988, the MCA is revisiting the work of this seminal figure in contemporary art, exploring his powerful influence on contemporary art and his significance for a new generation. The exhibition Jeff Koons, on view May 31 to September 21, 2008, is his first major US museum survey in fifteen years and will only be presented in Chicago...

http://www.artknowledgenews.com/Jeff_Koons_MCA.html

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Old June 3rd, 2008, 07:47 PM   #23
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The privately owned auction house of Wright in the West Loop has over the years established its reputation as one of the leading Auction houses in the world for 20th Century Modernism. Perhaps only Christie's and Sotheby's can compete in the field.

http://www.wright-inc.com/

As well as dealing with the pinnacles of 20th century Design, Richard and Julie Wright are widely known in the field for taking calculated risks on many 20th century artists/designers who have only later been widely recognized.

The following article from the March issue of Chicago Magazine is a fair recent assessment of their stature in the field of 20th Century Arts and Design:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Ma...he-Wright-Way/

Their next scheduled auction is on June 21 to 23.

In one of their May auctions, Louis Kahn's Esherick House in Philadelphia was offered for sale, but failed to find a buyer.





Bernar Venet b. 1941
Position of Two Arcs of 213.5° Each
1987
steel
78.5 w x 20 d x 83.5 h inches

Impressed title to side of each arc: [213.5°].

Provenance: Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, MI Private collection, Michigan

Estimate: $100,000–150,000
Result: $156,000
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This week at Orchestra Hall:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz: Harold in Italy

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, viola

Hindemith - Overture to News of the Day
Hindemith - Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
Friedman - Sacred Heart: Explosion *
Berlioz - Harold in Italy

* Chicago premiere

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For lovers of Outsider Art in Chicago, of particular interest is Friedman's Sacred Heart: Explosion.




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Excerpt from

http://www.timeout.com/chicago/artic...n-translation:

Thirty-five years ago on a sleepy tree-lined street in Lincoln Park, two landlords discovered that their recently deceased tenant had been harboring hundreds of troubling-but-brilliant paintings and a violent sci-fi novel (The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion) that, at about 15,000 pages, even dwarfed Proust. Janitor, dishwasher, loner, hospital bandage–roller—Henry Darger (1892–1973) enjoys a posthumous “outsider” celebrity that continues to grow with a recent upsurge in documentary films, plays, books and art exhibits. But until recently, no one had brought the prolific artist into the “unreal realm” of symphonic music, or our downtown Orchestra Hall for that matter.

“Darger’s paintings and novels have a huge, epic feel, so I can’t imagine doing justice to his work without the grandiosity of the orchestra,” says composer Jefferson Friedman of his tone poem Sacred Heart: Explosion, which receives multiple performances this weekend from the CSO...




Henry Darger, Sacred Heart: Explosion
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Old June 6th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #25
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Chicago Blues Festival 2008
25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 5-8, 2008 in Grant Park

Headliners can be seen here:

http://www.chicagobluesfestival.org/

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Inside/Out
Dance Center of Columbia College

1306 S Michigan Ave (at 13th St)
Printers Row/South Loop, Chicago | Map
312-344-6600

When
Tonight 8:30pm , Tomorrow 6pm, 8:30pm .

Prices
Tickets: $35 reserved seats, open seating $20

http://www.timeout.com/chicago/artic...turning-points



This year marks HSDC’s eighth annual Choreographic Workshop, a three-week project in which the company dancers create their own dances, some of which may end up as part of the company repertoire. The workshop culminates on Friday 6 with Inside/Out, a public performance of these pieces.

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The complete schedule of events:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...5/39437976.pdf
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Old June 7th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #28
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At the Newberry Library this weekend:

http://www.newberry.org/

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Chicago Calligraphy Collective Opening Reception and Presentation of the Purchase Award
Saturday, June 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Join members of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective to view the twenty-second annual juried show, and meet exhibiting aritists. Find out which exhibited piece will become part of the Newberry's calligraphy collections when Paul F. Gehl, Custodian of the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation for the History of Printing, announces the 2008 winner of the Purchase Award. Admission is free; no reservation is required.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 09:44 PM   #29
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Tim Mead and the Chicago Opera Theatre's "Orlando": An Appreciation

I went to see the Chicago Opera Theatre's "Orlando" for a second time this weekend, and I must say that I am vastly impressed by the singing of the young British counter-tenor who took on the title role of Orlando.

Overall, the production was fantastic. One may quibble about the costumes and theatre sets, but it was the singing that made this production truly wonderful.

The roles of Orlando and Medoro in Handel's opera were of course written for castrati. Medoro is of course written for a lyric castrato, whereas Orlando is of the heroic cast, containing some of the most florid vocal passages that Handel ever wrote.

Counter-tenor David Trudgen is is the Midwesterner who played Medoro and whose singing was simply beautiful. The high notes were unbelievably limpid and pure -- purity of tone that perhaps even exceeded Tim Mead's. He is definitely someone to watch in the coming years.

But overall, I must say that it is Tim Mead who is THE revelation in his role as Orlando.

I have owned a number of of his recordings in the past, but this was the first time I saw him live (I missed the chance of hearing him in London) and I must say all the hype about him is completely justified.

Opera Seria is a difficult thing to realize successfully nowadays, but the Chicago Opera Theatre production attacked the challenge with style and unaffected humor.

Tim Mead has, IMO, the most polished rendition in the entire cast. His singing was fantastic and his declamatory style in the recitatives comes closest to what is commonly called "hightened" speech. Lastly, it is very difficult nowadays to find a singer of Opera Seria (much less regular pera) who can act out the role with taste and expressiveness, and Mr. Mead largely succeeded, IMO.

It would be a pleasure to see him sing again in Chicago sometime in the very near future





Tim Mead was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge where he read music and studied singing with Charles Brett. He went on to win a number of scholarships to the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Robin Blaze.

Recent engagements include title role Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, title role Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice c. Marcus Creed with the Akademie für Alte Musik in Hamburg, title role Siroe for Oper der Zeit c. Andreas Spering in Austria, David Saul for Opera North in concert, Ometh Golem for the Angers-Nantes Opéra, Das Weihnachtsoratorium with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Oronte Riccardo Primo for the Basel Kammerorchester, Israel in Egypt c. Anthony Bramell in Karlsruhe, Orfeo for ENO and for the Handel and Haydn Society, USA, Ottone Il Coronazione di Poppea for the Opéra de Lyon c. William Christie, Solomon for the Lufthansa Baroque Festival c. Ivor Bolton, Trasimede Admeto for Opernhaus Halle c. Howard Arman, Athamas Semele for BYO, Biber's Missa Bruxellensis in the Proms with the Acadaemy of Ancient Music c. Paul Goodwin, Messiah with the Manchester Camerata c. Nicholas Kraemer, Melo Sosarme, re di Media and title role Ezio London Handel Festival, concert performances of Idelberto Lotario c. Paul Goodwin with the Basel Kammerorchester, Farnace Mitridate with the Classical Opera Company in St. John's Smith Square, Bach St. John Passion with the Hanover Band, St. Matthew Passion with the Britten Sinfonia, and Occasional Oratorio with The King's Consort at QEH...

Current season/future plans: Ottone The Coronation of Poppea for English National Opera, the première of The Minotaur (by Sir Harrison Birtwistle) at the Royal Opera House, title role Orlando for Chicago Opera Theatre, Paggio and Ombra di Bussiride Ercole amante for De Nederlandse Opera c. Ivor Bolton, Telemann's Brockes Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging for the NPS Zatertagmatinee, title role Admeto Händel-Festspiele Göttingen in 2009, title role Rinaldo with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, concerts with RIAS and Hans-Christoph Rademann, Endimione La Calisto for the Bayerische Staatsoper.


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Old June 10th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #30
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We may not always agree with the food in Alinea, but one has just got to love Grant Achatz.

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Chef Achatz wins top U.S. award after beating cancer
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:39am
By Richard Leong



http://in.reuters.com/article/lifest...P1095520080610

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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Restaurateur Grant Achatz was named America's top chef on Sunday in a set of awards known as the Oscars of the culinary world after a year in which a battle with tongue cancer threatened to end his life and career.

Achatz, 34, beat four other chefs with wide-ranging culinary styles -- Suzanne Goin, Frank Stitt, Jose Andres and Dan Barber -- to win this year's James Beard Foundation's outstanding chef prize.

"I look at the award as the point of starting over," Achatz told Reuters after a glitzy prize-giving ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center hosted by actress Kim Cattrall from "Sex and the City" and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

Achatz, a leader in molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine, runs one of the most respected restaurants in the United States. Alinea, which opened in Chicago three years ago, has been a showcase of his inventive techniques and artful presentations...

The award comes after a tough year. Just 12 months ago, Achatz's tongue had swollen so badly that he was not speaking clearly and had lost much of his taste.

Then he received the devastating news -- a tumor on his tongue -- for which the standard treatment is the removal of two-thirds of the tongue...
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Tonight at Ravinia:



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Russian Revolution 2

Martin Theatre, Ravinia
418 Sheridan Rd
Highland Park, IL
847-266-5100

When
Tonight 8pm

Prices
Tickets: $30-$50, lawn seating $10

Description
For his second performance on consecutive evenings, pianist Garrick Ohlsson pays homage to early 20th-century Russian piano music with a well-stocked recital. Alongside a bundle of Scriabin, he also brings Prokofiev; we're big fans of the devilish little essay Suggestions Diabolique, Op. 4, No. 4.



http://www.timeout.com/chicago/event...n-revolution-2

http://www.ravinia.org/
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Old June 11th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #32
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The collection of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most distinguished in the world, and its holdings do not include the celebrated collections of Japanese prints, whose core is the great Clarence Buckingham Collection.

This coming weekend:


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Collecting for Chicago: Prints, Drawings, and Patronage
June 14–September 14, 2008
Galleries 124–127

Overview: Collecting for Chicago, the inaugural exhibition of the Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawings Galleries in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Wing, offers a survey of some of the significant print and drawing acquisitions that have been made for the museum over the past 40 years. Highlighting five families and their relationships to the museum, this assemblage celebrates the tradition of patronage that has made the Art Institute’s collection of prints and drawings one of the best and most celebrated in the world...


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Two Women, 1912. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Freehling.


http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions...lectingchicago
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Old June 11th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #33
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The Grant Park Music Festival starts tonight, 6:30pm, at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.

On the program:

The Barber Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 2


James Ehnes is guest violinist.


Admission is of course free.


For the highlights of the 2008 season, check out:

http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/index.shtml

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At 7:00 pm today, at the Oriental Institute Museum, The University of Chicago:

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Passport to the Middle East: Desserts in the Desert
Date: 6/11/2008
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: 1155 East 58th Street- Galleries and Research Archives
Contact Name: Kaye Oberhausen
Phone: 773-702-5044
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Museum Gallery Events

Description:

Please join us for an evening of wine and desserts in the Oriental Institute Museum Galleries. Sip and stroll through nine galleries featuring over 8,000 artifacts from across the ancient Near East, and mingle with Oriental Institute scholars and researchers who will be on hand to discuss excavations and projects, past and present. For ticket information or any questions, call Kaye Oberhausen, Special Events Coordinator at 773-702-5044, or email [email protected]

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Winged bull from the Assyrian palace of Sargon, The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago



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Ongoing at the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, IL:

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Special Exhibit“ American Lapidary”
June 10 to August 31, 2008

Features hardstone carvings and faceted
stones by American artists including lapidary
hobbyists and professionals.


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As an admirer of engraved/carved gemstones as well as Chinese nephrite carvings, I have always loved this rather specialized museum for its small but wonderful collections.

Noteworthy is the collection of Chinese nephrite and jadeite carvings from the Late Qing, Early Republic, and beyond.

http://www.lizzadromuseum.org/home.html




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The Chicago Tribune review of Garrick Ohlsson's Ravinia performance:

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,7965751.story

Ohlsson turns a double play at Ravinia concert
By Michael Cameron
June 12, 2008


Excerpt:

Music lovers with a working knowledge of the Russian piano repertoire but little concern for timelines might be surprised to learn that Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin were born only a year apart and shared a similar pedigree. Yet their mature music sounds utterly distinct, serving as a touchstone for the modernist/traditionalist dispute that taints concert life even today.

Garrick Ohlsson surely had this duality in mind when he assembled works from both composers for an enthralling recital Monday at Martin Theatre at Ravinia...



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Cheap seats
Bargains await at Wright auction house’s fourth Mass Modern event.
By Lauren Weinberg

Excerpt:

Andre Cazenave, Rock lamps, c. 1970.“Last year, we sold something for $1,” Richard Wright says as we discuss his upcoming Mass Modern auction on June 21. That bid was unusual, but estimates for the 2008 auction’s 599 lots, which include furniture, lighting, housewares and accessories, start at $50 and rarely exceed $3,000. (These objects are already on view at wright20.com; you can see—and touch—them in person at the preview from Monday 16–June 20.) Given that his previous auctions have garnered millions—in 2005, a single coffee table by Isamu Noguchi brought in $630,000—why does Wright bother with Mass Modern?

“We want to bring new people into the market,” the 44-year-old Maine native explains. “We want to have people participate at all levels, and we want it to be fun.” Wright cofounded his eponymous West Town auction house in 2000 with his late wife, Julie Thoma Wright. It remains the only major auction house to specialize in modern and contemporary design. (Sotheby’s and Christie’s each have departments devoted to the genre.)


http://www.timeout.com/chicago/artic...83/cheap-seats


Andre Cazenave, Rock lamps, c. 1970.
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Beethoven this weekend at Millennium Park:

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Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion

Tonight 6:30pm , Tomorrow 7:30pm .

Tickets: Free

Beethoven's grand, strikingly original Missa Solemnis mass resonates across Pritzker Pavilion for two consecutive nights. Mezzo Anita Krause, soprano Erin Wall, tenor James Taylor and bass Nathan Berg tackle the demanding choral parts. Christopher Bell directs the chorus; Carlos Kalmar, the orchestra.


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CSO Welcome for Riccardo Muti: Photo Journal and Press Conference Video

The Photo Journal and Press Conference video can be viewed here:

http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=17,11

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Benvenuto Maestro!

On June 1 and 2, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomed its newly appointed music director, Riccardo Muti, to Chicago. Maestro Muti was appointed the Orchestra’s tenth music director on May 5, in an announcement that was celebrated worldwide. In the span of just over 25 hours in the city, the maestro was honored at a special event at the Peninsula Hotel with trustees and the Music Director Search Committee; met with the full staff of the CSO Association; was reunited with the CSO musicians at an intimate private lunch; and gave a number of one-on-one interviews to local and international media.
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ARCHITECTURETHE ART INSTITUTE’S NEW WING: AN EXCLUSIVE LOOKTHE ART INSTITUTE’S NEW WING:




Inside the Art Institute's new Modern Wing with the building's architect, Renzo Piano

An exclusive look inside the Art Institute's new wing with the building's architect, Renzo Piano

By Blair Kamin Tribune critic
June 15, 2008

Here's a prediction about the Art Institute of Chicago's modern and contemporary art wing that opens next May: The third-floor galleries, which overlook Millennium Park, will be hailed by critics and the public as some of the most beautiful rooms in Chicago.

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"This could only be in Chicago," said the building's Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect, Renzo Piano, during a recent tour, as if to counter detractors who claim that his ubiquitous museums verge on the formulaic.

I normally don't walk through unfinished buildings with architects, but I decided to make an exception in this case. Along with the 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the modern and contemporary art wing (formally known as the Modern Wing) will be one of the most closely watched buildings in the world to open next year. I wanted to have a look, not for a full-fledged review, but to get inside both the building and the architect's head.

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"Chicago is the city that invented modernity," Piano said, adding that the Modern Wing is about "accepting the challenge to be contemporary."

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