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OUT WITH RASHID JOHNSON
by Pedro Vélez

Apr. 17, 2012

Jet setters and art-world heavyweights, not monsters or black cats, showed up for the opening of “Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks,” Apr. 14-Aug. 5, 2012, organized by Julie Rodrigues Widholm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on Friday the 13th, 2012.

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Pedro Vélez Archives
Mar. 6, 2012
Puerto Rico Sun
WHOLE LOTTA PAIN
by Pedro Vélez
"Vividos / Vividos," a show addressing brutal personal truths, at the Museo de Arte de Caguas in Puerto Rico.
Feb. 16, 2012
Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2012
GO WEST, YOUNG ART FAIR
by Pedro Vélez
West Coast élan and plenty of star power at the third edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary.
Jan. 20, 2012
Party Pictures
ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY
Photos by Pedro Vélez

Good deals and a festive atmosphere abound at Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Barker Hangar, Jan. 19-22, 2012..
Jan. 19, 2012
Detroit: 138 Square Miles
RUIN PORN GALORE FOR BOTH RICH AND POOR
by Pedro Vélez

Considering Julia Reyes Taubman and her massive picture book, Detroit: 138 Square Miles, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Dec. 13, 2011
The Art Prophets
CONFIDENCE MEN
by Pedro Vélez

The profiles in Richard Polsky's The Art Prophets suggest that many visionaries are wolves in sheeps' clothing.
Nov. 7, 2011
Lou Reed & Metallica
ONCE WILD AT HEART
by Pedro Vélez

Lulu, the inimitable Lou Reed’s new “high-concept album” with trash metal icons Metallica, doesn’t deliver.
Sept. 28, 2011
New Art
GALLERY WEEKEND CHICAGO
by Pedro Vélez

Monique Meloche and her team launch Gallery Weekend Chicago, Sept. 16-18, 2011.
Sept. 12, 2011
Hennessy Youngman
ART THOUGHTZ AT THE CHICAGO MCA
by Pedro Vélez

The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art has a home run with Hennessy Youngman.
Aug. 15, 2011
"Report from Chicago"
PHOTOCOPIED REBELLION
by Pedro Vélez

Underground music fanzines from the late 1980s and early '90s, courtesy Public Collectors in Chicago.
July 7, 2011
Sasha Grey
GREY GARDENS
by Pedro Vélez

Sex star Sasha Grey's Neü Sex, a book of her own photographs and diary entries.
June 21, 2011
The Charlie Sheen Complex
CHICAGO, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
by Pedro Vélez

With its five new art fairs, Chicago, like Charlie Sheen, must be "winning!"
June 6, 2011
Jennifer Schmidt
SOUND IN PRINT
by Pedro Vélez

An interview with the Brooklyn-based conceptual artist who makes sound installations and supergraphics.
May 31, 2011
Art School Confidential
NEW MFA GRADS AT CHICAGO ART SCHOOLS
by Pedro Vélez

New talent from Chicago MFA programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College, and the School of the Art Institute.
May 25, 2011
JIMMY BAKER'S DOUBLE TILLMAN
by Pedro Vélez

At the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, painter Jimmy Baker mixes radical painting and radical politics.
Apr. 20, 2011
Michael Wynne
TRUE COLLECTING
by Pedro Vélez

Dallas artist Michael Wynne builds his art collection the right way.
Apr. 15, 2011
Art Cologne 2011
SCENT OF SUCCESS?
by Pedro Vélez

Out and about at Germany's own art fair, Art Cologne, Apr. 13-17, 2011.
Apr. 4, 2011
CBPA Chicago
BOOKWORMS IN NERD HEAVEN
by Pedro Vélez

A visit to The Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
Mar. 7, 2011
USC Roski:
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
by Pedro Vélez

In the studios with Kristen VanDeventer, Karen Adelman and Patrick Walsh.
Feb. 10, 2011
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
by Pedro Vélez

The Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair and more from the Left Coast capital.
Jan. 31, 2011
PICTURE POST
by Pedro Vélez

Three art fairs, three museums and galleries galore, the Los Angeles art scene is wide awake.
Jan. 13, 2011
CHICAGO 2010
by Pedro Vélez

The Year of Theaster Gates, plus notes on important artists, exhibitions, controversies and critics in the Windy City.
Dec. 20, 2010
CHASTIZED BY THE NUCLEAR TAN OF JOHN BOEHNER
by Pedro Vélez

Curatorial politics, or lack of same, in the David Wojnarowicz censorship controversy.
Dec. 3, 2010
DALLAS, OH DALLAS!
by Pedro Vélez

Part I of a report on art in the Lone Star State.
Sept. 30, 2010
MUSIC MAN
by Pedro Vélez

Actually listening to "Christian Marclay: Festival" at the Whitney Museum.
Aug. 20, 2010
SUMMER OF PLOP
by Pedro Vélez

Tony Tasset’s Eye, Ben Stone’s Ghost, Roger Hiorns’ Untitled (Alliance) and Shane Selzer’s Grey Lady.
May 12, 2010
Close it, sell it, MAKE SOmeTHING new
by Pedro Vélez

Art Chicago has become the Nick Nolte of art fairs.
Apr. 20, 2010
PUERTO RICO IS HARDCORE
by Pedro Vélez

Reflections on an island on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Jan. 29, 2009
CHICAGO BUILD UP
by Pedro Vélez
A survey of notable 2009 art events in the Windy City, plus "Italics" at the MCA.
June 3, 2009
REPORT FROM MILWAUKEE
by Pedro Vélez
Jefferson Pinder and Dennis Balk at Inova, the Green Gallery East and West, Jan Lievens, more.
May 11, 2009
AROUND ARTROPOLIS
by Pedro Vélez
Art Chicago, Next and other fair events in the Windy City 2009.
Mar. 12, 2009
CHICAGO BUILD UP
by Pedro Vélez
Edvard Munch, Robert Davis and Michael Langlois, Michelle Grabner, Matt Nichols, Matt Hanner, more.
Jan. 5, 2009
PUERTO RICAN SUN
by Pedro Vélez
Comedy and corruption in the celebrated U.S. territory.
Sept. 30, 2008
PUERTO RICAN SUN
by Pedro Vélez
The FAS 08 Sound Art Fair in San Juan.
Apr. 2, 2008
CARIBBEAN CACHET
by Pedro Velez
The Museo de Arte de Ponce is one great museum in the Caribbean.
Dec. 14, 2007
HEARTS OF DARKNESS
by Pedro Velez
Art vs. economic oppression in works by Steve McQueen and Hubert Sauper.
Dec. 6, 2007
POSERS AND ROCKERS
by Pedro Velez
The Chicago MCA ventures a show on art and rock music.
Sept. 16, 2007
PUERTO RICAN SUN
by Pedro Velez
Open season with Ada Bobonis and Karlo Ibarra.
Apr. 12, 2007
YOUNG NOISE
by Pedro Velez
Jorge Castro and Davila 666 rock the Noise music scene of San Juan.
Feb. 21, 2007
PUERTO RICAN SUN
by Pedro Velez
Photographers, graffiti and ghosts -- Tristán Reyes, Elsa Melendez, Bik Ismo, Lee Quinones, Aby Ruíz and Jose Luis Vargas.
Feb. 8, 2006
THE NEW SCENESTERS
by Pedro Velez
A hardscrabble renaissance of art and music in Puerto Rico.



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