Think You Know the Best of the Cultural Mile? | Seek Beauty for your Personal Collection

10 October 2017

1000M’s proximity to beauty — from the Art Institute to Grant Park’s internationally acclaimed public art collection — is enviable. But 1000M residents also have ample opportunities to bring beauty home, since 1000M’s neighborhood is rich in art galleries.

If…We (2017) by Kim Fisher

With such an unassuming contemporary streetscape, it can be easy to miss Shane Campbell Gallery in the South Loop. The gallery, which moved to its current location in July of 2015, exhibits both established and emerging artists in its pristinely-designed location on 21st and Wabash. The gallery also has a flawlessly curated book shop, hosting hard-to-find titles ranging from poetry to fiction to art criticism.

Led by the vision of husband-wife team Shane and Julie, Shane Campbell Gallery began in 2006 as a small exhibition area in their Oak Park home, along with a project space in the same neighborhood.

Dimensional Shapes in Space (2015) by Lisa Williamson

Motivated to expand, the couple relocated the gallery to West Town, eventually settling in gallery’s current home, an impeccably renovated bow truss beauty. They soon discovered the South Loop neighborhood was an inspirational mix of new and old. They were drawn to the neighborhood’s collection of eclectic history, including the Henry B. Clarke House, the oldest surviving house in Chicago, as well as new developments, such as 1000M, that speak to Chicago’s dynamic evolution.

With an impressive roster of artists that attracts both collectors and museum curators from around the world, Shane is committed to providing a space for artists to expand their practices. “Two of the traits I look for (in artists we represent) are those who create their own aesthetic universe and those who are compelled to make art in order to navigate daily life,” Shane explains.

Pall (2015) by Tony Lewis

As an art collector since college, he also has a unique take on the value of art, which, he believes, cannot be measured simply by financial value or aesthetics. “I don’t see collecting as finding the sweet spot between money and taste,” he noted. “I am far more interested in the cultural capital that is accrued by collecting.” He added, “There are myriad ways of constructing value with respect to a work of art.” Shane emphasizes that the meaning of an artist’s work, not only its value, is always in motion. It is “the sum total of responses to the work, so it is subject to change over time.”

Shane Campbell Gallery represents a world-class roster of artists including Mark Grotjahn, Jonas Wood, Amanda Ross-Ho, Adam Pendelton, Tony Lewis, Shio Kusaka, and others.

Shane Campbell Gallery Bookstore

The gallery maintains a second location in Lincoln Park (by appointment only). Check the gallery’s website for current and upcoming exhibitions.

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