Chicago Art Magazine’s Week in Review by Kathryn Born

August 27th, 2010

My friends with a dance studio put out a newsletter saying she doesn’t mind the allergies that come with fall – because it means her kids are back in school and the routine resumes.

Here here.

So now I don’t even have to pretend to write about August anymore. Last week I didn’t blog about news in protest of not too much going on.  But now…now we are so close to the fall opening that we can taste it. On September 10, River North and West Loop will have their day.

I feel that if I really want to help grow the art audience, one of the best things I can do is showcase the resources I use. So if last week was The Gallery Crawl and So Much More. Then this week, it’s Ginny Berg.

Chicago has “Big art weekends” and “little art weekends” and since there’s no master art association, it’s hard to tell when those are. So here’s what I do:  If you look at the Chicago Gallery News Calendar, you can see how disproportionately large that opening night is in comparison to others. See the blob that looks like a snake that ate an elephant? That’s the big night.

To boot, as I was writing this draft, the Chicago Gallery Newsletter came to my inbox, with my must-read page every month. When I read this, I feel like a total hack in comparison, because A. I don’t always know all this stuff, and B. have a hard time distilling it all down so succinctly. So off we go, more on the specifics of the fall lineup next week.

For this weekend, my main pick (scandal) is a MOVIE! Michael Basquait, the Radiant Child is playing at the Music Box, and probably not for very long. It’s based on the only film interview of the artist. Might be slow going, might be good.

-Kathryn Born

Kathryn is the Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Art Magazine, which includes a network of additional websites about arts and culture. She is a conceptual artist and writer, whose work has appeared on Chicago Public Radio, Time Out, RedEye and Chicago Tribune. She has three books due to be published, the first being The Lovers, the Death, and the Crimes, published by StepSister Press due for release on September 23, 2010.

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