So, the 3 Art Institute exhibitions I hobbled around were:
Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (February 14–April 26, 2009)
An especially nice exhibit because it shows Munch’s work with that of his contemporaries, making it easy to see how much artists of the period were working on the same or similar themes at the same time. (Cue music*)
Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes (January 22–April 26, 2009)
For a guy who did photos that we instantly recognize, Yousuf probably needed a better agent or something. Neither N nor I knew his name going into the exhibit, and we both consider ourselves fairly knowledgeable photo buffs.
The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie (August 23, 2008–May 24, 2009)
Another artist whose work was familiar but whose name didn’t ring a bell. We ended up buying two of his books (Bill Peet: An Autobiography and The Caboose Who Got Loose), and I left the exhibit with my usual depression regarding my lack of drawing talent.
Admission goes up in May, so make a point of going sooner. If you do want to see Munch, you might just as well get a membership. Special exhibits are expensive.
Wow, a little link-happy today, hmm, Bluestem?
Let no one else's work evade your eyes
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
So don't shade your eyes
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize
Only be sure always to call it, please, "research"
-- Tom Lehrer