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  • Kyle Tata

    Kyle Tata
    Last year’s much-maligned Sondheim finalist show was dominated by photographs that felt desperate to appear relevant. While Kyle Tata works in the same medium, his photographs seem to take the opposite, high-modernist approach of eschewing any sense of relevancy and embracing formalism to the extreme. In fact, Tata says that his work is an investigation of the ways that modernism “haunts the American landscape”—especially in the works of Mies Van Der Rohe and Philip Johnson. Some of the photographs, such as 'Parking Garage'—with its regular concrete grid—make a direct architectural allusion; others, such as 'A Broken Shot Glass for Mies,' seem more akin to Man Ray than Mies Van Der Rohe in everything but the title. 'Chicago, 1942' is a beautifully foggy black and white picture of a man (or two men, I'm not sure) that both evokes the height of modernism and subverts it with its lack of clarity, making something nostalgic of the modern.
  • Bold form: The buildings of Pritzker juror Alejandro Aravena in Santiago

    Bold form: The buildings of Pritzker juror Alejandro Aravena in Santiago
    One in a series of dispatches by Carolina A. Miranda on the art and architecture of Chile. Of the Chilean architects working today, Alejandro Aravena is the most high-profile — and, with his good looks and spiky salt-and-pepper hair, perhaps the...

    In Lucas Museum fight, preservationists are protecting parking lots

     In Lucas Museum fight, preservationists are protecting parking lots
    "They paved paradise, put up a parking lot," goes the folksy Joni Mitchell tune. The great irony is that a litigious group of local preservationists is waging a legal battle to protect parking lots ... from an art museum. Not to mention, it's well-...

    Midcentury modern masterpieces can be a tough sell

    Midcentury modern masterpieces can be a tough sell
    All was peaceful Thursday in the deep ravine next to the modernist house made famous by the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." The sun's rays sliced between bare trees. A stream fed by melting snow gurgled quietly. Above the waters, perched atop...

    Sonnenzimmer continues to rise in Chicago art world

    Sonnenzimmer continues to rise in Chicago art world
    Just off Irving Park Road in North Center, on one of those lonesome industrial strips where the bricks and mortar blend effortlessly with the overcast Chicago afternoon, there is a building you cannot enter, you are not invited to visit and you would...