More Articles by Diane Thodos
A Play of Landscape and Abstraction: Brian Rutenberg at Forum
The show ran from January 13 to February 19, 2011
Los Tres Grandes: US Artists Interpret the Mexican Muralists
Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, Illinois
Ink Paintings by Qigu Jiang: Figures at The Koehnline Museum
Jiang’s work is philosophy in motion: Essence of line and essence of modern truth are his constant themes.
Magdalena Abakanowicz: The Reality of Dreams at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
These monumental drawings consist of interwoven lines made with charcoal or gouache that tangle and bind together to form strange organic beings. Forms allude to a tree trunk, a human torso, a flower, or an insect; they explore the ambivalence between nature’s capacity to produce the mysterious pulsating of life which is simultaneously haunted by the treachery of death.
Michele Russman: Sculpture and Mark Nelson: Sound
The Koehnline Museum 1600 Golf Road. De Plaines, IL 847-635-2633. December 14 2006 – January 26, 2007 During the Modernist era many serious women artists were often excluded from art world consideration: it was not until the Feminist movement of the 70’s that sculptors like Louise Bourgeious and Ruth Duckworth, who began their careers in the … Continued
Jim Dine: Some Drawings, at the Block Museum, Evanston
As Dine exhibits at the Morgan Library, a 2006 review of an Illinois show.
Bettina Blohm’s paintings are Haiku-like visual landscapes that distill emotion into abstract form. They reflect a love of Eastern art with its focus on intuitive states of mind. Blohm’s paintings also engage with a Matisse inspired sense of color and an Abstract Expressionist scale, both of which come across especially within her compositional placement of … Continued