James Bishop at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Modern Wing

A Focus exhibition of drawings and paintings by James Bishop opened this week at The Art Institute of Chicago. Bishop, who is American but has lived in France since the 50s, creates exquisite and poetic drawings and paintings, calling attention to the physicality of color. Most of the works in the exhibition are from the artist’s personal collection.

Ed Ruscha and Photography is also on view at The Art Institute until June 1, 2008.

It is worthy to note that to witness the progress of the construction of the The Art Institute’s new building, The Modern Wing, is a truly remarkable thing. The building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is to be completed in 2009 and will house the museum’s contemporary and modern collection as well as increase gallery space for the institution. It will be an incredible addition to not just the museum but the city of Chicago.