WBEZ | Roy LIchtenstein http://www.wbez.org/tags/roy-lichtenstein Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Arts and culture agenda, August 27-September 4 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/arts-and-culture-agenda-august-27-september-4-101982 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/smart%20museum.jpg" style="height: 462px; width: 580px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Rock, paper, late summer art!" /></div><p><strong>The Latest</strong> <a href="http://www.lasmanosgallery.com/">Las Manos Art Gallery</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Andersonville neighborhood says it&#39;s lost its lease and must move by the end of October. The gallery has been in the neighborhood for 18 years, 14 of them in the same building. Owner Michelle Peterson-Albandoz speculates the landlord wants more rent, which she chalks up to gentrification. The news has certainly caused a bit of a stir. Here&rsquo;s 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O&rsquo;Connor&rsquo;s statement:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Las Manos is exactly the kind of business that this</em><br /><em><em>community seeks out and wants to retain. One would hope that local</em><br /><em>landlords would understand that by now and be supportive of the</em><br /><em>community&#39;s vision, but every once in a while these types of battles</em><br /><em>arise and we must work to find ways to resolve the issues of</em><br /><em>displacement. The neighborhood is mobilizing and I will work with them</em><br /><em>and the Alderman of the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman, to see if we can find</em><br /><em>some common sense solution to this matter.</em></em></p><p>Listen here:&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1346089551-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/120827%20Gallery%20web_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/business/book-reviewers-for-hire-meet-a-demand-for-online-raves.html?src=me&amp;ref=general"><strong>This <em>New York Times </em>article</strong></a> about author-funded book reviews is fascinating. Of course this isn&#39;t the first time alarms have been raised about the authenticity of online reviews. Who among us now ventures into Yelp, Amazon or the like without a healthy dose of skepticism? And doesn&#39;t this help spread the reviewing wealth embedded in those &ldquo;You scratch my back, I&rsquo;ll scratch yours&rdquo; blurb exchanges among &quot;legitimate&quot; authors? I&rsquo;m not sure this is evidence the self-publishing industry is any more &ldquo;corrupt&rdquo; than the traditional model, it just proves the power of opinion, and that there are ever more ways to buy influence and hype for your product. Nice local angle &ndash; University of Illinois at Chicago professor and data mining expert <a href="http://www.cs.uic.edu/~liub/">Bing Lui</a>, who recently gave a talk in Beijing about &ldquo;Detecting Fake Opinion in Social Media.&rdquo; Lui&rsquo;s definitely someone worth reading, if you&rsquo;re interested in sorting out the online spam from the substance.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>This week </strong>The women who rock the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RedPumpProject">Red Pump Project </a>will be honored for their community activism. The group uses the allure of fashion and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc13WSaiRMM&amp;feature=fvwrel">&quot;statement&quot; </a>power embedded in a bright red pump to promote awareness around HIV/AIDS, especially among women and girls. Their annual fashion shows are always fun and uplifting, and feature clothing both cutting edge and slightly off the cuff. Other honorees at the <a href="http://fashionfetishfete.org/awards/tickets/">Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete</a> include Kevin Coval, founder of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Louder than a Bomb</a>,&nbsp;friend of WBEZ, and a man who&rsquo;s definitely got a way with words.<br /><em>Fashion Arts and Humanity Fete, Thursday Aug. 30, Beverly Arts Center</em></p><p>A group of women rocking a different uniform are also hosting an event this week. <a href="http://www.wnba.com/sky/index_main.html">The Chicago Sky </a>return home to play the Connecticut Sun Tuesday. The Sun currently lead the WNBA&#39;s Eastern Conference, but Sunday night they got their shirt (jersey) handed to them by the Sky. So Tuesday&#39;s game is bound to have some great action - Sky point guard <a href="http://chicagosidesports.com/chicagos-league-leading-point-guard-is-back-and-its-not-d-rose/">Epiphanny Prince</a> racked up 15 points in the Sky&#39;s 82-70 win over the Sun. The team is locally owned and Tuesday&#39;s game is also a tribute to other independent businesses in the area.&nbsp;<br /><em>Chicago Sky vs. Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Rosemont Arena &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p><p><strong>Look ahead </strong>This is your last week to see the <a href="http://roy.artic.edu/">Roy Lichtenstein retrospective</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago &ndash; the show closes Sept. 3. But along with the arrival of the Labor Day weekend come some of the big shows of the fall season. I&rsquo;m particularly excited by the Smart Museum of Art&#39;s <a href="http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/renewal-and-revision-japanese-prints-of-the-1950s-and-60s/">Renewal and Revision: Japanese Prints of the 1950s and 60s</a>. Curated by the Smart&#39;s Richard A. Born, the show tracks the transition from collaborative (the &ldquo;floating world&rdquo; period) to individual-based practices. Our area has an incredibly rich and diverse print-making scene, but this exhibition is sure to provide new inspiration for local artists.<br /><em>Lichtenstein closes Sept. 3, Renewal and Revision opens Sept. 4</em></p><p><strong>Mea culpa&nbsp;</strong>Last week on <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>Tony Sarabia and I had <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/drive-can-old-school-movie-experience-survive-digital-age-101919">a fun conversation</a> about the future of that American classic, the drive-in movie. As an alternative for carless urbanites I mentioned the <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/153941/">Bike-in Movie Theater</a>, but lamented that its season was done. Well, I spoke too soon! Michael Slaboch of the Hideout &nbsp;reached out to let me know there is one final screening on Sunday, Sept. 9th, and fittingly, it&rsquo;s <em>The Last Waltz.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/arts-and-culture-agenda-august-27-september-4-101982 Roy Lichtenstein, holding up the modern pop art mantle http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/roy-lichtenstein-holding-modern-pop-art-mantle-99647 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120224143830.jpg" title="Roy Lichtenstein's 'Sleeping Girl', 1964. (AP/Sotheby's)" /></div><p>&quot;[Pop artists portray] what I think to be the most brazen and threatening characteristics of our culture, things we hate, but which are also so powerful in their impingement on us,&quot; Roy Lichtenstein <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=TXZiaOK3p3kC&amp;pg=PA983&amp;lpg=PA983&amp;dq=Pop+Art+is+industrial+painting.+I+think+the+meaning+of+my+work+is+that+it+is+industrial,+it's+what+all+the+world+will+soon+become.+Europe+will+be+the+same+way,+soon,+it+won't+be+American;+it+will+be+universal.&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=ANZsIdXHLm&amp;sig=welOviyba601vqKkbmRtuDOn1pk&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=ey3GT-iVIMKg2gWttMztAQ&amp;ved=0CFAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">told <em>Arts News</em> in 1963</a>. This was a year before he&#39;d paint &quot;Sleeping Girl&quot;, which sold for $44.8 million earlier this year, a record for the most paid for a Lichtenstein work, work that was considered by some skeptics of his time merely reinterpretations of comic books, hardly considered an art form.&nbsp;</p><p>But looking at Litchenstein&#39;s work today prompts a different reaction than it might have half a century ago. Now, Pop Art is merely status quo; then, his work and the work of contemporaries like Andy Warhol set the stage for the crossover between art, design and advertising that defines the modern creative world.</p><p>Such stage-setting inspired the Art Institute of Chicago, who opened a retrospective of Lichtenstein&#39;s work last week. It&#39;s the first show of his in nearly 20 years (the last was at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1993, when the artist was still &quot;alive and well&quot;), notes the curator of the new exhibit, James Rondeau.&nbsp;</p><p>Rondeau knows Lichtenstein&#39;s work well -- he was an intern for that last show. Rondeau says the new exhibit is a sort of &quot;greatest hits&quot; look at the artist&#39;s work, one that can now include the final years of his work, as well as pieces that are&nbsp;&ldquo;less familiar to us today and would have been less familiar in his lifetime.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is a dream project for me,&quot; says Rondeau, who notes that he became familiar with Lichenstein&#39;s work almost &quot;by osmosis&quot; the last time around, doing things like labeling and filing slides.</p><p>But much has changed even in two decades, and most certainly since Lichtenstein began painting. Today, the boundaries between areas of creative endeavors are very fluid -- artists can make all kinds of work, less limited by medium or even the label artist.</p><p>Chicago artist (and fan of Lichtenstein) Willy Chyr certainly thinks so. Chyr actually wouldn&#39;t even necessarily call himself an artist -- he used to call himself a balloon artist, because of his unique balloon installations -- but, in his words, &quot;Artist is pegged into another category almost.&rdquo; He perhaps perfers &quot;creative.&quot;</p><p>But Chyr <em>would </em>describe those balloon pieces as pop art. The rest of his work, maybe less so: Chyr has crossed many boundaries in his short career. The twenty-something<a href="http://jezebel.com/5856336/"> gained internet-fame</a> by designing the first ad for feminine hygeine products ever to feature or make obvious reference to blood. He recently participated in the crowdsourced novel&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thecollabowriters.com/">The Collabowriters</a>, Lately, he&#39;s excited about being chosen as one of six artists to be featured on <a href="http://willychyr.com/2012/04/becks-art-bottles/">Beck&#39;s limited edition Art Bottles</a>; this years batch includes a design by musician M.I.A, while previous years have featured work by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j7Lje51Ntb0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>But Chyr sees the value of such a series as more than just advertising for a beer company. &quot;It removes [art] from the institution context and it can just be part of your life -- walking your dog, taking a shower, drinking a beer, and here&rsquo;s some art.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Not to say that there&rsquo;s no intellectual thought behind it, but it&rsquo;s a very accessible medium,&quot; he quickly adds.</p><p>That doesn&#39;t mean he necessarily wants to only work in advertising. By freelancing, &quot;I get to&nbsp;do whatever I&rsquo;m interested in and make it and hope that a company wants to latch on...if you&rsquo;re at an agency you have to solve business problems for the client.&rdquo; Chyr would rather just worry about the art part of it.</p><p>This colliding of high and low culture, this taking something that seemed artless, &quot;was seen as a heresy&quot; during Lichtenstein&#39;s time, says Rondeau -- but was also the very reason someone like Chyr can do what he does. That, and the rise of the internet of course.</p><p>&ldquo;We take it absolutely for granted,&quot; Rondeau continues. &quot;Contemporary culture today couldn&rsquo;t exist without these overlapping intersections.&nbsp;It&#39;s almost like oxygen.&rdquo;</p><p><span>Rondeau and Chyr talk more about Roy Lichtenstein and how modern artists are carrying on his legacy during Wednesday&#39;s <em>Afternoon Shift</em>.</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/lichtenstein">Roy Litchtenstein: A Retrospective</a>&nbsp;is open at the Art Institute until September 3, when it moves on to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Keep track of Willy Chyr at his <a href="http://willychyr.com">website </a>or on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/@willychyr">Twitter</a>.</p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/roy-lichtenstein-holding-modern-pop-art-mantle-99647