Photography – Art.

FEATURE IMAGE (left to right): Gamaliel Ramirez, outdoor mural (SEA OF FLAGS CHICAGO 2004); Berthe Morisot, painting (WOMAN IN HER GARDEN AIC 1882/3); Artistide Maillol, bronze sculpture (ENCHAINED ACTION AIC 1906); Art Show Entrance (EXPO CHICAGO 2016).

Eduardo Kobra (b. 1975, Brazil), Muddy Waters, 17 N. State Street (Stevens Building), Chicago, Illinois.

This 100-foot-tall (10 stories) mural of legendary Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was dedicated in June 2017 on the north wall of the 19-story Stevens Building at 17 N. State Street in Downtown Chicago. Painted by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra (b. 1975), it took over two weeks to paint it. The new mural […]

Bob Mangold (b. 1930, American), Anemotive Kinetic, Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford, Illinois.

As a kinetic (movement) artist, Mangold’s sculptures explore concepts of space and motion. In 1962, Mangold began his Anemotive series of spherical, wind-propelled kinetic sculptures. As with this work, Anemotive Kinetic, the anemotives are characterized by cup-like shapes mounted on arms which allow for motion in nature.  text&photo:

Jerry Peart (b. 1948, American), Wildflower, Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford, Illinois.

The 20-foot painted aluminum sculpture in a fountain setting stands near the entrance of the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens along the Rock River in Rockford, Illinois. The Conservatory opened in October 2011 and offers a main exhibition house, greenhouses, classrooms, a roof garden, a lagoon, walking trails, outdoor gardens, and more. Jerry Peart is a […]

A Gift to the People: The Chicago Picasso, 1967.

FEATURE IMAGE: Chicago’s Picasso in Daley Plaza. Author’s photo (July 2015). Chicago’s “Picasso” in today’s downtown Daley Plaza was officially unveiled on Tuesday, August 15, 1967 at 12 noon. Weeks before the public event excitement (and some dread) swirled among Chicagoans and others as to what Pablo Picasso’s monumental outdoor sculpture would be like. In […]

Tribute on Old Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois: Historic Chevy Dealership in former downtown Motor Row gets street murals by Marion Kryczka.

Chevy Dealership: A Tribute to Route 66, 2007, 396 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois. One of two acrylic murals at this site by Marion Kryczka with the assistance of community members. Photograph by author. Joliet, Illinois, a city of nearly 150,000 people about 45 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is famous for many things not […]

Art Outdoors. (7 Photos).

Chicago, October 2015. Chicago, 2018. Here, fabricated painted steel, 2012, by Ruth Aizuss Migdal. On the runway and poised for flight, the 14-foot-tall, bright red, dancing female figure stands in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo next to the Chilean pink flamingos pond. May 2015. mural, Chicago El Station, December 2015. Chicago, December 2015. Penny For Your […]

At Museums. (46 Photos).

Photographs and Text by John P. Walsh. The Bunworth harp is inscribed: “made by Iohn Kelly for the Revd Charles Bworth Baltdaniel 1734″. The wire-string harp was made by Catholic instrument maker John Kelly for the Reverend Charles Bunworth, also of Baltdaniel, who was the Protestant rector of Buttevant, County Cork.  The many aspects of the instrument—from […]

EXPO Chicago 2018, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. Seventh Annual International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 27-30, 2018. (58 Photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh Expo Chicago/2018 is the 7th annual exhibition of international contemporary and modern art held in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. It took place September 27-30, 2018. Expo Chicago/2018 presented 135 galleries and exhibitors representing 27 countries and 63 cities from around the world. This post’s 60 photographs are of that event. Expo Chicago/2018 includes […]

Sea of Flags (2004), a street mural by Gamaliel Ramirez in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Photograph and Text ©John P. Walsh SEA OF FLAGS, 2004, 2500 West Division Street, Chicago (Humboldt Park) by Gamaliel Ramirez (1949-2018) with the assistance of community members.   The mural entitled Sea of Flags depicts Fiesta Boricua (De Bandera a Bandera), an annual 3-day music and cultural event in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago. […]

Virtual Tour of The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana. (73 Photos and Video).

Photographs, Text, and Video ©John P. Walsh INTRODUCTION One hour’s drive (about 40 miles) south of downtown Chicago– and 90 minutes drive from the University of Notre Dame near South Bend, Indiana, is The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Within a 30-acre site whose landscaped rocks, hills, and trees envelop the visitor, the shrine is located […]

EXPO Chicago 2017, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. Sixth Annual International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 13-17, 2017. (34 photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh Expo Chicago/2017 is the 6th annual exhibition of international contemporary and modern art held in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. It took place September 13-17, 2017. Expo Chicago/2017 presented 135 galleries representing 25 countries and 58 cities from around the world. This post’s 34 photographs are of that event. Expo Chicago 2017. Brian Calvin, […]

“Doughboy” (1921) by sculptor John Paulding in Wheaton, Illinois, memorializes veterans of World War I. (2 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh “Over the Top to Victory” is a bronze sculpture that depicts an American infantryman in World War I (known popularly as “doughboys”) that was created by American sculptor John Paulding (1883-1935). The statue was cast in 1921 by the American Art Bronze Foundry in Chicago and stands in Memorial Park […]

EXPO Chicago 2016, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. Fifth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 22-25, 2016. (43 Photos).

FEATURE IMAGE: Manuel Mendive, Este Lugar Sagrado/This Sacred Place, 2009, acrylic on canvas, Cernuda Arte Coral Gables, FL. Expo Chicago/2016. Expo Chicago/2016 is the 5th annual exhibition of international contemporary and modern art held in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. It took place from September 22-25, 2016. Expo Chicago/2016 presents 145 galleries representing 22 countries […]

Encountering Maillol: History and Photographs of “Enchained Action” on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at The Art Institute of Chicago. (38 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh N.B. At this blog post’s publishing in July 2016, Aristide Maillol’s Enchained Action — a torso cast in bronze and created in 1905 in France — enjoyed a lengthy though indeterminate time on the Women’s Board Grand Staircase at the Chicago art museum. In 2017 the torso was removed by […]

EXPO Chicago 2015, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. Fourth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 17-20, 2015. (42 Photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh Featured Image: Ewerdt Hilgemann, Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst), 2014, stainless steel, Borzo Gallery and The Mayor Gallery. In/Situ Outside 2015. Photographs by John P. Walsh.  Expo Chicago/2015 is the 4th annual exhibition of international contemporary and modern art held in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on September 17 – 20, 2015. This […]

Angels in Stained Glass at Old Town’s St. Michael Catholic Church in Chicago. (11 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh ASSUMPTION WINDOW (central panel/detail), 1902, St. Michael Church, Chicago. Franz Mayer & Company, Munich, Germany. INTRODUCTION: St. Michael Church in Old Town on Chicago’s north side is one of the oldest parishes and church buildings in the city. Founded as a parish in 1852, the church building’s brick walls from 1869 withstood […]

EXPO Chicago 2014, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 18-21, 2014. (49 Photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh Expo Chicago/2014 is the 3rd annual exhibition of international contemporary and modern art held in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on September 18 – 21, 2014. Photographs by John P. Walsh. Rosalyn Drexler, Marilyn Pursued By Death, 1963, Fredericks & Freiser and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City. This is based […]

EXPO Chicago 2013, Festival Hall, Navy Pier. International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 19-22, 2013. (25 Photos).

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Expo Chicago/2013. Robert Natkin (American, 1930-2010), Untitled, 1957, McCormick Gallery Chicago & Vallarino Fine Art New York. Hung Liu (American, Chinese b.1948), Da Fa Che II, 2013, mixed media, 82 x 82 in., Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY. Bruce Dorow (b. 1959), Black Shape Space, oil on canvas, 38 x 65 inches, […]