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Art Reviews:  REVIEW: Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, February 14–May 10, 2016. Art Institute of Chicago. The three versions of the Dutch artist’s bedroom in Arles.  REVIEW: Picasso and Chicago, February 20-May 12, 2013. Art Institute of Chicago. 250 Picassos. Photographs.

Art Exhibitions: PHOTOGRAPHS (35): Patrons’ encounters with Enchained Action  (1906) by Aristide Maillol on the Grand Staircase of the Art Institute of Chicago. PHOTOGRAPHS (42): Expo Chicago 2016, 145 galleries represent 22 countries and 53 cities. Artwork by Jeff Koons, Art + Language, Margot Bergman, Louise Bourgeois, Shannon Finley, Euan Uglow, Deborah Butterfield, Juan Garaizabal, Hermann Nitsch, Genieve Figgis, and more.  PHOTOGRAPHS (42): Expo Chicago 2015, 140 modern and contemporary art galleries from 16 countries. Artwork by Hung Liu, Vik Muniz, Hunter Reynolds, and others.  PHOTOGRAPHS (43): Expo Chicago 2014, artwork of Jessica Stockholder, Rosalyn Drexler, Matthew Woodward, Christopher Le Brun, Michiko Itatani, Lynn Chadwick, Alex Katz, and 28 more.  PHOTOGRAPHS (16): Expo Chicago 2013, artwork of Michele Pred, Robert Natkin, Hung Liu, and 9 more.

Architecture: The historic Chicago Harbor Lighthouse (1893). Photograph. Works of David Adler (1882-1949), Chicago traditionalist architect. Photographs. Angels in Stained Glass (1902), Franz Mayer & Company (Munich), St. Michael Church, Old Town, Chicago.  11 Photos.

Art History: 33 paintings by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561-1636) working in Elizabethan and Jacobean courts. Early Portraits of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Francisco Goya’s first two series of tapestry cartoons for the princes of Asturias in Madrid in 1775 to 1778.  PART 1 Savagery in Civilization: Paul Gauguin and his Tahiti-inspired Graphic Work in Paris, 1893-95. Between Gauguin’s journeys to Tahiti.   PART 2 Savagery… Gauguin’s monotype Tahitians Fishing (1893/95) in the Art Institute of Chicago.  PART 3 Savagery… Gauguin’s monotype Tahitian Landscape (1894) in the Art Institute of Chicago.  PART 4 Savagery... Gauguin’s woodcut Tahitian Idol-The Goddess Hina (1894/95) in the Art Institute of Chicago.  PART 5 Savagery… Gauguin’s woodcut Oviri (Savage) (1894) in the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago’s internationally hailed “Titian” is really done by an imitator. A case history. A 2008 exhibition of French cartoonist and Nazi collaborator Chaval (1915-1968) at a major art museum in France.  PART 1 Gustave Caillebotte’s The Floor Scrapers at the second Impressionist art exhibition in 1876.    PART 2 of Caillebotte. The “glorious” third Impressionist exhibition (1877) in Paris.  PART 3 of Caillebotte. Art-world politics fractures the Impressionist group in the 1880s.  PART 4 of Caillebotte. Impressionist seventh art exhibition (1882) organized by Caillebotte and art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. PART 5 of Caillebotte. Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Martial Caillebotte lobby the French State to accept Gustave Caillebotte’s bequest of 68 now-famous Impressionist paintings, many in the Musée D’Orsay today.