Art Basel the mecca of Contemporary Art shows will officially commence tomorrow in Switzerland following a VIP opening that reportedly included Leonardo DiCaprio, mega billionaire Roman Abramovich and a $12 million Alexander Calder mobile sale. But if you are unable to make it to Basel, we’ve compiled a list of MUST NOT MISS art exhibits here in Chicago. The great thing about art is that it’s accessible to all classes. Art not only looks good its a great investment as well as good source of inspiration. Add these to your summer plans.

June 26, 2013–September 22, 2013-Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity

claude manet women-in-the-garden
The internationally acclaimed exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity overseen by Gloria Groom, has already been viewed at the  Musée d’Orsay, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and will make it’s final stop in Chicago.
The exhibit is the  first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. Featuring 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America, this stylish show presents a new perspective on the Impressionists—revealing how these early avant-garde artists embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas. LOCATION: Art Institute of Chicago

JULY 12- AUGUST 31, 2013-The Chicago Project V

The Bridal Suite (2011) Anthony Vizzari
The Catherine Edelman Gallery’s The Chicago Project V: Selections from our Online Gallery. 2013 marks the ten-year anniversary of The Chicago Project. Started in 2003, The Chicago Project was created as an online only gallery, devoted to unrepresented photographers in the Chicagoland area. In an effort to promote local talent to a wider audience. LOCATION: Catherine Edelman Gallery


An experiential artist and culinary event, it takes place for one night only and it should be a blast.
With Artists, Chefs and Partners that include: Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice // Andrea Morris of Cocomori // Benjamin Newby of Hennessy Black // Bill Kim of BellyQ and Urban Belly // Furniture designers Bladon Conner & Aaron Pahmier // Chrissy Camba of Bar Pastoral // Artist Claire Ashley// Artist Cody Hudson // Erick Williams of MK // Fabio Viviano of Top Chef and Siena Tavern // Jared Wentworth of Longman and Eagle // HATCH Projects artist Jordan Martins // Mamas Nuts // Artist Sabina Ott // BOLT Residency artist Stacia Yeapanis // Artist Theaster Gates // Zoe Schor of Ada Street // AAAAAAND a Taco Battle featuring Antique Taco vs. Big Star You MUST be there. LOCATION: Chicago Artist Coalition

July 26-September 29, 2013-AfriCOBRA and Beyond

This exhibit is focused on the history and aesthetic influences of AfriCOBRA(African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). The DuSable’s presentation, will document how AfriCOBRA flourished and expanded to include other artists in Chicago—artists who became official members of the group. The exhibit will showcase the community in Chicago that developed around AfriCOBRA through the range of artists associated with the group, including the founders and six later affiliates (Sherman Beck, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Omar Lama, Carolyn Lawrence, Frank Smith, and Nelson Stevens). It will present the major impact that AfriCOBRA had on the visual arts in Chicago, particularly on the south side, in the period of the Black Arts Movement. LOCATION: Dusable Museum

June 14-July 21, 2013-Landscapes of the Mind

René Arceo

Opening reception: Friday, June 14, 5 – 10 pm at Prospectus Art Gallery(1210 W. 18th St.)  forChicago artists  René Arceo and Hecto Barrón. LOCATION: Prospectus Gallery

13th Ballad-May 18–Oct 6, 2013


13th Ballad, an installation by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, is an extension of the artist’s 12 Ballads for Huguenot House. A bit biased based on our current obsession with the artist but this def needs to make your list.
Gates, whose practice includes performance, installation, and urban interventions, created 12 Ballads for Huguenot House as part of his ongoing efforts to rejuvenate—both socially and architecturally—his South Chicago neighborhood
LOCATION: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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