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Stuart Davis and Marxism

Stuart Davis and Marxism

Abstraction was “the result of a revolutionary struggle relative to the bourgeois academic traditions of the immediate past and even the present”-Stuart Davis This quote appears in Pam Meecham’s essay, “Realism and modernism”, found in “Varieties of Modernism (Art of the Twentieth Century)” edited by Paul Wood. Published in 2004 by Yale University Press. I […]

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wider stadium seats

wider stadium seats

Just recently Oakland A’s pitcher, Dallas Braden, threw the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. The attendance for that Sunday afternoon game in Oakland was a pathetic 12,228. Here’s a telling photo showing just how empty Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was that day. I have a solution for small market teams having difficulties filling […]

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we need more creativity, not less

Recently Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune photographer, posted a photo of city workers painting dead trees. I praise truly creative endeavors sponsored by our government. We need more such activity. Below is the comment I left on his post: Our nation’s economic woes pale in comparison to our nation’s lack of culture. Creative efforts are like […]

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Wrigley Field good luck bird

Wrigley Field good luck bird

I hereby declare that the seagull is now officially the good luck creature for the Chicago Cubs. People tend to get a little obsessive over a silly goat. So why not find something that will turn the tide in the Cubs favor? Why a seagull? Read on. Today I was watching the Cubs-Brewers game with […]

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Michigan Avenue bridge as a cliff

Michigan Avenue bridge as a cliff

What if Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue bridge just stopped halfway and wasn’t a bridge anymore, but rather a cliff? The shadow that went across the Mich Ave bridge from Spudart’s flickr photo made me contemplate this. Above is my photoshopped rendering. The full image is at my Flickr.

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Ernie Banks statue will have a friend

Ernie Banks statue will have a friend

A statue of Billy Williams will be unveiled September 7th outside Wrigley Field. This announcement was made last week, March 30th, by Tom Ricketts. Williams said, “In Chicago, it gets kind of cold. I hope it doesn’t freeze up. I know Ernie was kind of cold out there, so I have to go out and […]

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2010 baseball predictions

2010 baseball predictions

The 2010 Major League Baseball season starts today. (Actually it started last night with ESPN’s two favorite teams slugging it out.) I’ll make a few predictions. Most predictions/forecasts simply pick the same players and teams that won the previous season. You won’t see that here. NL Cy Young AwardCarlos ZambranoChicago CubsI’m believing the hype surrounding […]

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Picasso and Oldenburg

Picasso and Oldenburg

Here’s a couple fun pieces by Claes Oldenburg that poke fun at Picasso’s famous Chicago sculpture “Soft Version of Maquette for a Monument Donated to the City of Chicago by Pablo Picasso”1968 “Picasso Cufflinks”1973 lithograph (shown above is the lithograph used for an Art Institute of Chicago exhibition)

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Chicago River Y logo graphic meaning

Chicago River Y logo graphic meaning

Hey Chicagoans, here’s a little factoid you may not be aware of. Look around the city for municipal seals, logos and the such. There’s a good chance you’ll see a “Y” shape. That graphic actually represents the three branches of the Chicago River! It’s also in the Chicago Theater marquee. The Chicago Public LIbrary logo […]

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Alien Invades Wrigley Field!

Alien Invades Wrigley Field!

The Cubs want to add a giant Toyota advertisement to Wrigley Field. World-class architectural critic, Blair Kamin, provides excellent insight into why it looks bad. Here’s the comment I left on Kamin’s blog post: The Toyota ad looks like an alien space ship perched on the edged of the bleachers. Because it’s a dimensional form […]

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