WIDE OPEN STUDIOS
Judging from the sales we’ve seen going down at apartment gallery openings to checklists full of red in established galleries, it could be said that even Chicago is feeling the art boom at least somewhat. Part of that boom is the practice of doing open studios at graduate programs. So if you are a gallerist, collector, curator of otherwise, get over to the School of the Art Institute Friday evening to tour the spaces.
SAIC OPEN STUDIO NITE
5 - 6P
280 S Columbus
6 - 8P
MacLean Center, 112 S Michigan
FLRS 10-12, 15-17
8 - 9P
Sharp Bldg, 37 S Wabash
WHERE IN THE ART WORLD IS CHICAGO?
Speaking of the art boom and Chicago, is it not sad to see all these magazines waxing ad naseum about the insane buying frenzy the art world, mainly Chelsea, is in? More discouraging is being in Chicago, a city not doing bad, but not so rocked by pre-opening sellouts. “When is our time, dammit!” holler legions of disgruntled Chicagoans. But, as mentioned above, maybe things are shifting a little. A little more than three years ago I prematurely wrote a “signs of spring” article. The progress has been slow, but Chicago seems to be doing OK, despite draw backs like a lack of a physical, regularly released art periodical.
Bad At Sports has stepped in to guide yet another depressing, aggravating and discouraging panel on this subject. (Part of their Basecamp project at Threewalls) Whenever this issue comes up, it’s best to go the other way. Because this topic is the most sure fire way in order to stunt any growth enthusiasm of confidence building in the art scene here. “Second city syndrome” is a bitch, and one is almost guaranteed to be dragged down into a bog of hopelessness. But it is a topic you can’t ignore. I think the panelists are good, but sitting around and trying to figure out where Chicago fits in the art world is counterproductive. There are so many other interesting topics to focus on. Discussing art locally and beyond can be good, but to focus so head on seems like it will go nowhere. What will this discussion yield? What sort of answers will we get? What sort of questions are being asked? It may be worth stopping by, but it is something Art or Idiocy? is reluctant to engage in. Hopefully this stance is misplaced, and the panel will yield a hearty discussion.
Here is probably the best thing about second city syndrome ever said. It was directed towards how LA got to be what it is, but it is pretty much the final word on the subject:
What LA artists [gallerists and curators] did brilliantly was cultivate local collectors and not worry about the East Coast. In so many other cities, artists and collectors fail to connect because they're both too focused on New York as the only "real" art market.
Lisa Hunter, The Intrepid Art Collector
Take that to heart, dear Chicago.