Category Archives: art

Today marks the birthday of famed sculptor Lorado Taft, born in 1860 in Elmwood, Illinois. A graduate of the Illinois Industrial University—forerunner of the University of Illinois at Urbana—Taft studied in France before returning to Chicago to make his reputation and … Continue reading

Kymberly N. Pinder is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Her book Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago explores the social and spiritual impact of African American religious art. The … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press recently had the honor of hosting the 2015 AAUP Book, Jacket, & Journal Show, the traveling exhibition of the  37 books and 40 jackets and covers that make up the very best of the book art created … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press hosts the annual Book, Jacket and Journal Show, March 4-11, 2016. Sponsored by the Association of American University Presses, nearly 100 books and jackets—the best of university press publishing—are on display for public viewing during the show. … Continue reading

Roger Cardinal coined the term outsider art in 1972 as an English-language parallel to art brut, the raw art or rough art Jean Dubuffet described earlier. Britannica defines it thus: “Any work of art produced by an untrained idiosyncratic artist who … Continue reading

Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression by Cara A. Finnegan has won the Outstanding Book of the Year by the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication division. In Making Photography Matter, Finnegan illustrates how encounters … Continue reading

Andy Warhol, of all the famous figures out there, might mind least that we use his birthday as an opportunity to push a book. His cultivated public persona as a naif obscured an artist and, let’s face it, an entertainer … Continue reading

The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy by Christopher J. Smith has been awarded the Irving Lowens Book Award by the Society for American Music (SAM). The SAM award committee had this statement upon … Continue reading

Larry Kanfer will sign copies of his latest book CHICAGOSCAPES in the Chicago Loop on December 17th & 18th.  This is a perfect gift for the holidays. Join us for these free events sponsored by the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois … Continue reading

The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1, catalog offers cutting-edge graphic design, striking photography, a shelf of essential books, and a closeup of a bullfrog. Oh, you’ve heard these superlatives? Here’s the chase, the gist, the nitty, and/or the gritty: 40% off … Continue reading