Chicago Art Gallery Guide

Chicago Art Gallery Guide

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Discover works by up-and-coming, emerging and established artists at Chicago's best art galleries.

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    Western Exhibitions was founded in 2002 by Scott Speh and moved to the West Loop in 2008. Featuring emerging and established contemporary artists, the gallery exhibits work in all media and, via WesternXeditions, demonstrates arguably the strongest commitment of any Chicago gallery to showcasing artists books, prints and multiples.
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    Stephen Daiter Gallery showcases important American and European photography from the 20th century, including avant-garde, experimental, documentary and photojournalistic work. The adjoining space, Daiter Contemporary, features work by emerging and established contemporary photographers.null
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    Kavi Gupta Gallery exhibits international emerging and mid-career artists in all media, including global art star Theaster Gates, whose practice encompasses installation, performance and urban interventions; photographer Ari Marcopoulos, documenter of youth culture; multimedia artist Tony Tassett; Puerto Rican–born painter Angel Otero; folk art–style painter Clare Rojas and more. 
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    DOCUMENT, founded and directed by Aron Gent, is an exhibition space featuring contemporary photography and video works, as well as a scanning and printing studio specializing in large-scale photographs for museum and gallery exhibitions.
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    Carrie Secrist Gallery celebrated its 20th anniversary in early 2013 and over the past two decades has focused on established contemporary artists, with a recently renewed interest in adding new, emerging artists to its roster. Among our favorite works the gallery has exhibited are Kim Keever's water tank diorama photography; Megan Greene's recontextualized Audubon prints and Derek Chan's abstract paintings thoughtfully incorporating Native American symbolism.null
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    Established in 2004 as Bucket Rider Gallery, Andrew Rafacz features emerging and mid-career artists working in video, painting, photography, sculpture and other media. The roster includes photographers Jason Lazarus and John Opera, painter Wendy White, prolific designer Cody Hudson and more.
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    Argurably the most community-focused gallery in Chicago, threewalls' exhibitions and public programs—conversations, symposiums, lectures, performances, publications and more—are dedicated to creating a "locus of exchange" among local, national and international contemporary art communities. 
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    Featuring locations in Lincoln Park, Oak Park and West Town, Shane Campbell Gallery was founded by a former professor at the School of the Art Institute and exhibits emerging and mid-career contemporary artists specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and abstract and conceptual art. Artists include Paul Cowan, Mark Grotjahn, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Amanda Ross-Ho and Lisa Williamson, among others.
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    By presenting provocative exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists of the Americas, The Mission seeks to challenge stereotypes and present new perceptions of what Latin American art is. The Sub-Mission, below the main gallery, functions as an alternative exhibition space for local emerging artists.
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    Intuit is the only nonprofit organization in the U.S. devoted to the exclusive presentation of outsider and contemporary self-taught art. More than simply a gallery, Intuit is a vital resource for students, scholars and the art enthusiasts, featuring a permanent collection containing 1,100+ works of art, the Henry Darger Room collection, the Robert A. Roth Study Center, educational programs and more.
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    Founded by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey in 2004, Corbett vs. Dempsey reflects its owners diverse interests: jazz, film, American modernist traditions, middle-American approaches to abstraction and contemporary art. Located on the third floor of the Dusty Groove building, the art gallery (like a fine record shop) places an emphasis on digging up undiscovered talent, often featuring great regional art.
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    Located in the West Loop, Aspect Ratio exhibits contemporary video art by emerging and established artists.null
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