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State of the Art, Antiques & Architecture
Diana Bitting, Hannah Cole and Korey Huyler | Photo: Katrina Wittkamp | April 11, 2014
With the economy crawling out of the trenches, the local design scene has seen a rebirth of Herculean proportions. Here, we profile people, places and products that we predict will have ears buzzing this year and beyond.
For artist Adam Siegel, 2014 is all about thinking big—literally. The local star, whose abstract pieces grace many of Chicago’s most gorgeous homes, buildings and office spaces (appearing in over 350 collections worldwide)is planning to paint on even larger canvases this year—and soon will announce a new gallery partner as well. This is big news, as Siegel made the unconventional decision in 2011 to cut ties with galleries and start representing himself. “Even though I was commercially successful, and a lot of people were buying my work and collectors were going crazy, I had to restart,” says Siegel. “I needed to let the work develop without the pressure of shows.” Since then, he’s continued to paint while moving into a new studio in the United Center neighborhood; he conceived, designed and installed a massive installation in the Bank of America building; as well as all the artwork—68 pieces to be exact—for the Northwestern Specialists for Women doctors’ offices in River North. Now, he’s ready to show his paintings again in a gallery setting. “This is the culmination of all my years of work,” he says. “I am really excited about showing people what I’ve done.”
Linda Warren left La-La Land for Chicagoland, and business has never been better. First established in 1997 out of her home in Los Angeles, Linda Warren Projects officially launched when the doors of her West Loop gallery opened in 2003. She established the company with a goal to showcase emerging artists, mentor more established artists and provide art-consulting services—a business niche that is now surfing the wave of the art-as-an-investment trend—from concept design to acquisition, lighting, framing and installation. Large-scale local projects include the curation of the collections for Kirkland & Ellis, Deloitte, the East Bank Club and The Ritz Carlton Residences.
Turk went cold turkey. Fine artist Francine Turk cut off her phone lines, disabled her social media profiles and got back to basics for her most recent series, LanguageScape. The rediscovery of her affinity for calligraphy and her love of Parisian culture served as impetus for the paintings’ written-word motif. “The script is like a spiritual experience for her,” says art expert and consultant Daniel Kinkade. “It’s the closest you can get to the artist, and it’s the easiest thing to flow out of her creatively.” Between living in Chicago and Los Angeles, Turk became inspired to do a second series as well, combining grit and graffiti with French-inspired script, to be released later this year.
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