Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode 3

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode 3

We’re back with the latest edition of “Fielding Practice,” a podcast produced by Bad at Sports for Art21 readers and listeners. Before giving you the rundown on this month’s chatfest, …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

What does it mean to sing a protest song as if it were a lullaby? It’s a question I often ask myself. My five-year-old daughter has trouble falling asleep at …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode #2

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode #2

We’re back with our second edition of “Fielding Practice,” a podcast produced exclusively for Art21′s listeners and readers. On today’s episode, Duncan MacKenzie, Dan Gunn, and I are joined by …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Characters, Not Caricatures: The Multifarious Art of Rachel Mason

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Characters, Not Caricatures: The Multifarious Art of Rachel Mason

Rachel Mason’s work is not easy to neatly summarize. I’ve been following her projects for several years now, and I still have difficulty explaining what exactly it is that she …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Special “Center Field” Podcast: Fielding Practice with Bad at Sports

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Special “Center Field” Podcast: Fielding Practice with Bad at Sports

All of us here at Bad at Sports have loved working on our twice-monthly column for this blog, Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports. It gives …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Multiple Possibilities: An Interview with Dan Devening

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Multiple Possibilities: An Interview with Dan Devening

Dan Devening is an artist, educator (he’s on the faculty of the Paintings and Drawings Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and the creative force behind …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

Meg Onli and Claudine Ise’s list of the ten best–or at least most interesting–events in Chicago art in 2010. 1. Best city-wide, sustained, multi-platform discussion of a single topic in …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Sustaining Practices

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Sustaining Practices

Lately I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and sustenance. Not the environmental kind of sustainability–the personal and emotional kind.  Chicago’s art community is rich in relationships, but like …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Interview with John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Interview with John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery

In his artist statement for a recent exhibition at the Institute of Visual Arts, John Riepenhoff used Colby cheese to make a comment on regionalism. His bio describes him as …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

Since moving away from Chicago this past summer, I’ve seen how Chicago and the Midwest have influenced my work, as well as  my work ethic. The spirit of experimentation and …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Minneapolis! Art Review and Preview

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Minneapolis! Art Review and Preview

When I think of Minneapolis, MN, two things typically come to mind: the first being Janet Jackson’s song “Escapade” off of her 1989 album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, where …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Interview with Derek Chan

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Interview with Derek Chan

Derek Chan and I have been friends for a little over four years. We both moved from Los Angeles to Chicago in the Fall of 2005. We had several mutual …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Four for Fall

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Four for Fall

Traditionally, fall is the time when galleries launch their new slate of exhibitions after a relatively slow-paced couple of summer months. Galleries tend to highlight some of the most prominent …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Interview | Bill Eiseman of Polyester

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Interview | Bill Eiseman of Polyester

Like many people, my girlfriend and I set out on a road trip this summer. Our trip took us from Chicago to Portland, following most of the Lewis and Clark …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Frances Whitehead, Embedded Artist

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Frances Whitehead, Embedded Artist

What do artists know? A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon at the Chicago home of Frances Whitehead talking about the philosophical and pragmatic underpinnings of this question. To …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Go West | Roger Brown: California U.S.A

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Go West | Roger Brown: California U.S.A

After passing away in 1997, painter, sculptor, and notorious collector, Roger Brown bequeathed his homes and collections to his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Summers at Ox-Bow

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Summers at Ox-Bow

We tend to spend a lot of time talking about art in terms of “work” nowadays, but we don’t always consider how important respite and retreat can be when it …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Printed Matter | Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler of Golden Age

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Printed Matter | Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler of Golden Age

Walking around Chicago-based concept shop Golden Age has become a rather dangerous activity for me. After setting a monthly budget for artists’ books, I often find myself going over that …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

The Suburban: A Space for Contemporary Art in Oak Park, Illinois

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

The Suburban: A Space for Contemporary Art in Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois is a very pretty and historically significant suburb that lies just outside of Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is located here, along with a number of …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

The Green Lantern | Caroline Picard

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

The Green Lantern | Caroline Picard

During the golden age of comic books, All-American Comics debuted Alan Scott as the Green Lantern in 1940. At the time, Scott was a railroad engineer who, when in possession …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Alison Ruttan’s “The Four Year War at Gombe”

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Alison Ruttan’s “The Four Year War at Gombe”

I’ve been reading with great interest some of the posts and friendly debates that have taken place recently on this site concerning the relationship between art and science. As I …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Archiving Soul | Ken Shipley of Numero Group

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Archiving Soul | Ken Shipley of Numero Group

While sitting in his office listening to some soon to be released albums, Ken Shipley quickly noted, “we have found a way as a record label to be like a …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Exhibiting the Intangible

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Exhibiting the Intangible

Recently, Bad at Sports was invited to exhibit at apexart, an alternative gallery space in New York known for presenting innovative thematic exhibitions and public programs. In order to take …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports: Interview with Jacob Meehan

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports: Interview with Jacob Meehan

Art21 is proud to present another new column, Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports. Since 2005, Bad at Sports’s podcast and blog have acted as …