John Delk

One effort the Merchandise Mart took to get things going again at Art Chicago last year was the introduction of “Partisan,” a show of political and socially conscious art selected from artworks brought to the fair by participating galleries. Well, “Partisan” is back this year, under the supervision of guest curator Mary Jane Jacob, director of exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The 2009 show ranges from works by Philip Evergood and other Social Realist artists of the 1930s and ‘40s, to 1970s political art by Leon Golub and Nancy Spero. It also includes Dinh Q Le’s The Penal Colony, a large-scale surveillance installation by New York artist John Delk, and portraits of housing-project residence by Chicago photog Paul D’Amato. The show features approximately 25 artists in all. “Partisan” remains on view during the run of Art Chicago, May 1

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