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Art Library Book Display: Contemporary Chicago Artists

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Contemporary Chicago Artists: on display at the Art Library in Fall 2015

In honor of the Chicago-based artist Geof Oppenheimer’s solo exhibition installed at Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art this fall (Sept. 12 – Nov. 30, 2015), the Art Library is excited to present a selection of recent exhibition catalogues on fellow contemporary artists living and working in Chicago today.

The exhibitions represent an array of Chicago’s artists: younger and older; those who were born and remain here, and those from abroad who have made Chicago their home. They take place in venues ranging from local university galleries to international art museums and display work in a wide variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, and installation art. All help demonstrate the breadth and vitality of the current Chicago art world.

Records for these and many other books in the Art Library on contemporary Chicago artists can be found in NUSearch, Northwestern University Library’s online discovery tool at

multiple artists

Ground Floor

Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art from Chicago

Chicago: Hyde Park Art Center, 2012

Art Library Large 709.77311 G882

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project

Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, 2003

Art Library Large 779.2092 B573Zd

Paul D'Amato

Paul D'Amato

Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006

Art Library Large 779.092 D155b

Doug Fogelson


Intersections: A Collection of Photographs by Doug Fogelson

Chicago: Front Forty Press, 2005

Art Library 779 F655Z

multiple artists

re Chicago

Re: Chicago

Chicago: DePaul University Art Museum, 2011

Art Library Large 709.77311 R281

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff

Antwerp: Ludion Press, 2013

Art Library 704.946 M368Ze

Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2009

Art Library Large 746.0973 C378Z

Tony Fitzgerald

Tony Fitzgerald

Max and Gaby’s Alphabet

Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000

Art Library Large 759.13 F559Z

Gerda Meyer-Bernstein

Gerda Meyer-Bernstein

Bearing Witness

Chicago: Fassbender Gallery, 2006

Art Library 709.73074 M612Z.b

Researching contemporary art in Chicago

Chicago Gallery News

In addition to Chicago’s great art museums and the local college and university museums, the city’s art galleries are valuable sources and important venues for exhibiting the work of contemporary Chicago artists. Find the most current, comprehensive information on Chicago’s art galleries in Chicago Gallery News, freely available in print and online.

The online periodical Newcity Art also provides reviews, profiles, and news about art in Chicago.


More tools for researching contemporary art in general: