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Art July, 6 2010

Looking after Louis Sullivan: Photographs, Drawings, and Fragments at AIC

Currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, Looking After Louis Sullivan explores how photographers John Szarkowski, Aaron Siskind, and Richard Nickel documented the architects Chicago-based structures. Working in the 1950s, the trio found inspiration not just in the interplay of light in Sullivan’s designs, but also in his renegade American spirit. The photographs served a great contemporary purpose as well, helping to renew interest in Sullivan’s stamp on Chicago as they faced the prospect of demolition during a period of urban renewal.

In the exhibition, the photographs are paired with drawings and architectural fragments. In total they allow a fresh look at Louis Sullivan, through the eyes of several eras.

Further examples of exhibited pieces after the jump. Looking After Louis Sullivan runs to December 12, 2010.

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