Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chicago Now Blog

Editor's Note: In the process of researching Gallery Guichard for this gallery spotlight, we asked Andre Guichard to contribute to the blog. So before he uploads his first post, I wanted to give a proper introduction about Gallery Guichard and give a sense of his gallery and role in the Bronzeville art scene, and beyond.

When talking about a Bronzeville art gallery, it's easy to delve into the issues that have been swirling around about the lack of critical attention that is paid to South Side art. But I'd like to put all that aside for just one post and just look at Gallery Guichard as an art gallery - not an Afrocentric or Diaspora gallery - but as a successful fine art gallery that sells contemporary art and has achieved great success in just four years.
Paul Klein is writing a series about art collecting for this blog. In his introduction to collecting, he recommends buying from art galleries, but I questioned him on how a new collector could get started if they only want to spend around $300 on a piece, when most River North gallery artworks begin at $1,500.
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This is where I see Gallery Guichard filling an important role for people who are new to collecting, or have been buying art for a long time. Gallery Guichard is a big, three-floor gallery. Prices begin very low and range to about $3,000 (though a few pieces are quite a bit more).

The Chicago Urban Art Society Presented Muscle in the Hustle: Contemporary Approaches to Promoting Art

on Saturday, June 20, 2009"Muscle in the Hustle", was a 2 session panel discussion focusing on current art movements and projects in the Chicagoland area. The first session will be an artist-led discussion on the successes / failures of promoting their art, and new and unorthodox approaches to the current market. The second session was led by a panel of curators and gallery directors whose focus is emerging, contemporary, & local artists. They discuss their successes / failures in promoting their venue / vision, in artist selection, & original approaches to attracting audiences. Art makers and artists areas of interests include but not limited to DIY, street art, graffiti art culture, mixed media, muralism, found object, performance, photography, public art, print-making, and literary arts. Moderated by Gregg Heertzlieb and Angeline Gragasin. PANEL 1 included:Participants : Jeff Zimmerman, Ray 'CRO' Noland, Erik DeBat "RISK", Doug Fogelson, Rahmaan 'STATIC' Barnes, Maria Gaspar, Revise cmw, Dolan Geiman and Tom TorluemkePANEL 2 included: Participants : Anni Holm (Curator at Orleans Street Gallery), Anna Cerniglia, Mike Nourse (Chicago Art Department, CAD), 32nd&urban gallery/space, Fausto Alejandro Lopez (Quennect 4)


The Chicago Urban Art Society was founded by two originators of 32nd&urban:gallery/space formerly located on the south side of Chicago in the community of Bridgeport. Urban, established in 2006 by Monica Lee, Lauren Pacheco, Pedro Soto and Peter K featured urban contemporary art by emerging and established artists. It's successful tenure featured artists such as Juan Angel Chavez, Mike Genovese, Chris Silva, Jeff Zimmerman, Marco Raya, Doug Fogelson, Ray CRO Noland, Jon Lowenstein, Carlos J. Ortiz, Maria Gaspar among others. 32nd&urban closed it's doors in December 2008 at it's 3201 South Halsted Street gallery location. Urban looked to transform itself into a not-for-profit entity whereby continuing it's efforts in promoting fresh and innovative art. Looking for new ways to support the Chicago urban art movement, the formation of the Chicago Urban Art Society hopes to serve as a platform and vehicle in doing so.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Uptown Arts Walk Phantom Gallery Sacramento CA

"Back on The Boulevard" show by the Woodlake Artists Group
The Uptown Art Walk welcomes the Woodlake Artists Group in July
as they stage their "Back on The Boulevard" show at 1616 Del Paso Boulevard. This diverse show features
artists: Mario Esbri - Drawing; Taylor Gutermute - Metal Sculpture; Carol Hawkins - Painting and Collage;
Bert Hughes - Painting and Mixed Media; Michael A. Mayda - Astrophotography;
Gary R. Miller - Credit Card Sculptures and Constructions; and Sea Miller - Mixed Media.

The Woodlake Show opens Friday at 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday at 6 p.m. Friday night jazz by
"So What." Saturday night, enjoy the music of Anderson Gram. Wine by the glass - $6.

Music on The Boulevard Saturday Night

Dave Silva and Larry Lucero at Enotria Annex (1439 DPB), 6 p.m.

The Brendan Davis Project at Casa Bella Galleria (1511 DPB), 6 p.m.

Everything gone green and cacapoopoopeepee at The Cafe At The Greens (1616 DPB).

Anderson Gram at 1616 DPB's former Himovitz Gallery

Local singers/songwriters at The Artisan (1901 DPB), 7 p.m.

Thieves of Thunder at Boyd Luthiery, (2014 DPB) 7 p.m.

July Map and Poster at http://www.phantomuptownarts.com/

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Phantom Gallery LA-

MIRACLE MILE Fly with the Cage

©phantomgalleriesLA - 2007-2009

Please check back. As this project evolves information and dates will be added.
Due to recent events in Iran we have come together to create a welcoming place for diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts.

Curated by :Building Bridges and SoCiArts
Presented by:Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts


CALL TO Iranian Artists and The Inspired:If you like to share your ideas through your art... Please email for more information and details. flywiththecage@gmail.com

Exhibition runs:July 10th- July 26th, 2009
Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6 - 9pm Additional happenings TBA This exhibit will evolve and travel to other locations Los Angeles Locations and potentially to Iran this Summer.

Links: Fly With the CageTWITTER.com/FlywiththeCage FlyWithTheCage.com Facebook Page
This exhibit is a collaborate effort between:Phantom Galleries LA EdgarVarelaFineArts.com BuildingBridges.me SoCiArts.com

Phantom Galleries LA places temporary art installations in vacant storefront windows throughout Los Angeles county. PGLA transforms unutilized space into 24/7 public art galleries.