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Harold Noecker. “The Genius?” c. 1943. (Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago)

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

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(Courtesy of F*cking Forty)

Chicago comic artist Ed Siemienkowicz died before he could complete his 246-page graphic novel. More than 130 artists donated their time and skills to bring his story to life. 

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Ivan Albright. “Portrait of Mary Block,” 1955-‘57. Gift of Mary and Leigh Block. (© The Art Institute of Chicago)

By all accounts, Ivan Albright was a lighthearted fellow – but in the mid-20th century, the Chicago artist painted some very dark pictures.

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Barbara Crane, “Little Darlings,” 2012 (Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery)

She’s been photographing Chicago for nearly 70 years. Meet artist Barbara Crane.

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The remarkable work of photographer Art Shay, and Art Paul, the first art director for Playboy who designed the iconic bunny logo.

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Barbara Crane, “Little Darlings,” 2012 (Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery)

She’s been photographing Chicago for nearly 70 years. Meet artist Barbara Crane.

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Two years after finding a pair of rare artworks in a Chicago thrift store, Paul Beaty has sold them for a combined $135,000 to an author in Colorado. The two connected after seeing a Chicago Tonight story in February about the discovery.

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Close-up of “Head of Christ” (1940) by Warner Sallman

A Chicago man stumbles on a rare and valuable piece of art that is a close cousin to the most reproduced painting in history.    

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(Courtesy Project Onward)

Looking for a handcrafted scale model of Wrigley Field? How about glittery portraits of politicians, TV personalities—or both? All can be found at a Bridgeport workspace that provides adult artists with supplies, guidance and opportunity.

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Gertrude Abercrombie is a one-of-a-kind Chicago artist. Though she has been gone for 40 years, she is now getting a rare show at the Elmhurst Art Museum. 

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Away from the courtroom, local artist Tom Gianni employs his talents in far different and impressive ways. We explore his solo show, “Art that Works for a Living.”

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Vivid colors bring to life messages of hope, and resistance. A pair of new art shows on the campus of DePaul University look at the power of the people through the power of printmaking.

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On Chicago’s West Side, an artist-run production weaving mill and a social service agency work together to weave adults with intellectual disabilities into the fabric of their community. 

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Virginio Ferrari (Chicago Tonight)

Born in Italy, Virginio Ferrari came to Chicago in the 1960s, and he blossomed into an internationally sought-after sculptor. We visit the 80-year-old in his Bridgeport studio.

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Audrey Jones of AB Art Window Painting (Chicago Tonight)

Around Chicago, windows decorated for the holidays are a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. Meet a local artist whose festive fancies could be swirling across a storefront in your neighborhood.

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A new mural at the Chicago Cultural Center honors 20 women, past and present, who contributed to the cultural life of the city. “Chicago Tonight” was on site throughout the creation of the work, the largest to date by Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall.

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