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Posts by Carl K.
When first-time visitors ascend the Grand Staircase and enter Gallery 201, they are drawn immediately to the monumental Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) by Gustave Caillebotte. The painting—a perennial visitor favorite since it joined the...
"This country has more marvels and monuments that defy description than any other." That's Greek historian Herodotus's account of Egypt in the 5th century B.C., then a land of wealth and exoticism that intrigued Greeks. A century later...
Sorry to say, summer is fleeting. Summer fashion? It changes so fast it'll make your top hat–covered head spin. In 1863 Edouard Manet painted a scandalous work titled Luncheon on the Grass which showed voluptuous nudes striking classical...
Jets have complicated lives, too. From first flight to plane graveyard, commercial jetliners have long careers with more than just figurative ups and downs. I'm a confessed airliner enthusiast, so Hito Steyerl's In Free Fall (2010)...
An election, an Olympiad, and Gangnam Style: 2012 was a momentous year, especially for the Art Institute. Blockbuster exhibitions, shiny new galleries, and big technology updates were the talk of the town. One of the biggest happenings of...