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Pop-Up Art Loop Kicks Off Love Flows Both Ways: Street Culture x Contemporary Art

By Kim Bellware in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 7, 2010 3:40PM

Sneak peek of Love Flows Both Ways (photo courtesy of Maxwell Colette Gallery)

Vacancy rates for retail stores are (ever so slowly) on the rise in Chicago, with the most interesting new tenants coming in the form of pop-up art galleries and work spaces. The Chicago Loop Alliance’s initiative, Pop-Up Art Loop, is kicking off another strong (and temporary) exhibition, Love Flows Both Ways: Street Culture x Contemporary Art, curated by Oliver Hild of Maxwell Colette Gallery.

Love Flows Both Ways draws together varieties of street art (or art inspired by “street culture”) and contemporary art from a range of private collections. From Maxwell Collete Gallery’s blog:

"Contemporary art's love affair with street culture is long and well documented, but street culture's return embrace for fine art is a more recent phenomena. Designs from blue chip artists are now found at street level in the form of luxury objects like purses, in underground collectibles like sneakers and toys, and in urban lifestyle accessories like skateboard decks. Art is the new bling, and in a fit of populism people on both ends of the spectrum are buying."

The artists featured in the exhibition hail from all over the globe, with several highly recognizable names—including Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Paul Frank and the UK’s Damien Hirst and Banksy—in the mix (noticeably absent, however, are female street and contemporary artists).

The opening reception for Love is tonight as part of Pop-Up Art Loop’s First Thursday’s Gallery Walk.

Opening reception for Love Flows Both Ways runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pop-Up Art Loop's gallery space at 205 S. State