Benjamin Bellas

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Elements of Photography

Big Youth

Corbett vs. Dempsey, known mostly for specializing in mid-20th century American art, with an emphasis on Chicago painting and works on paper from 1940 to 1970 delves into the current state of affairs with it’s current exhibition. Having opened this past week, Big Youth is an exhibition of thirteen emerging painters from Chicago. The exhibition features works by Isak Applin, Carl Baratta, Joel Dean, J.[…..]

Our Literal Speed

Closing this week at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the accompanying exhibition to OUR LITERAL SPEED. An event produced by the University of Chicago in association with Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Renaissance Society, and the Smart Museum, OUR LITERAL SPEED is constructed as a conference with a schedule of events[…..]

Gaylen Gerber

On view until June 28 at Rowley Kennerk Gallery, is an exhibition of works by Gaylen Gerber. In this exhibition, Gerber presents three artworks in a modified exhibition space. The work confuses easy distinctions between object and context and heightens awareness of visual perception in a way that questions how we differentiate what we are looking at from what surrounds it. Gerber is interested in[…..]

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen, Girls, Tricky Coinciding with the opening of the Art Institute new Modern Wing in Chicago is the newly created Donna and Howard Stone Film, Video, and New Media Gallery. The gallery is the first devoted “black box” installation space at the Art Institute. Steve McQueen’s Girls, Tricky has been selected to be the space’s first featured work and is currently on view until[…..]

The Big World: Recent Art From China

Now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center is The Big World: Recent Art From China. The exhibition focuses on art in various media by approximately 20 artists living and working in China today. “The Big World” alludes to the vast, almost unimaginable scale of contemporary Chinese art in the international art scene, but the title also references a large and storied Shanghai amusement park.[…..]


Amongst the labyrinth of booths at this year’s Art Chicago is Partisan, a special exhibition of works that explore social and political ideas. Selected from Art Chicago and NEXT galleries by guest curator Mary Jane Jacob, independent curator and director of exhibitions at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Partisan works represent a multitude of political ideas and positions from around the world.[…..]