Guide to Chicago's Murals / Edition 1

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Overview


Chicago is a city known for its fabulous architecture and public sculpture by artists such as Picasso and Calder, but anyone who has seen the gorgeous lunettes in the Auditorium Theater or the South Side's Wall of Respect, which inaugurated the city's contemporary mural movement, knows that Chicago has an equally rich tradition of mural painting. Through these murals, the history of Chicago and the nation is writ in churches and lobbies, on viaducts and school walls. Mary Gray's A Guide to Chicago's Murals is the first definitive handbook to the treasures that can be found all over the city.

With full-color illustrations of nearly two hundred Chicago murals and accompanying entries that describe their history—who commissioned them and why, how artists collaborated with architects, the subjects of the murals and their contexts—A Guide to Chicago's Murals serves both a general and a specific audience. Divided into easy-to-read geographical sections with useful maps for walking tours, it is the perfect companion for tourists or Chicagoans interested in coming to know better this aspect of the city's history. Gray also provides crucial information on lesser-known artists and on murals that have been destroyed over the years, filling a gap in the visual record of the city's development.

Gray also includes biographies of more than 150 artists and a glossary of key terms, making A Guide to Chicago's Murals essential reading for mural viewing. From post offices to libraries, fieldhouses to banks, and private clubs to street corners, Mary Gray chronicles the amazing works of artists who have sought to make public declarations in this most social of art forms.

"A major lacuna in the history of art in Chicago has been filled, with the thoroughness of the research proportionate to the richness of the material revealed."—From the Foreword by Franz Schulze

"Gray's book . . . can function as a guidebook, as the murals are conveniently arranged according to the quadrants of the city. But the book is also beautiful to look at and indespensable as art history and Chicago history as well. . . . This book is a wonderful guide to Chicago's rich and unique mural tradition."—Elizabeth Alexander, Chicago Tribune Books

"If you love art and history, this is a book you'll truly enjoy."—Al Paulson, Utne Reader

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The largest body of federally commissioned New Deal artwork was done in the Windy City. Examples are found everywhere, from the dining rooms of exclusive clubs to the walls of the city's viaducts. There's no denying that some very good books on Chicago's mural tradition are already available, but Gray (coauthor, A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture) offers the first comprehensive history. This book includes information on nearly 700 murals, some of the earliest dating from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the latest being a 2001 mosaic. Functioning as a handy guidebook as well as an art history survey, this work is divided into five broad geographical sections that also include suburban sites in the Chicago area. Each mural is illustrated in full color, and the accompanying text includes its date, address, a brief description, and of course the name of the artist. In addition, the book's index is thorough enough to help the reader find a given piece by artist or location. Other features are biographical sketches of more than 150 artists, a list of public schools with extant murals, a glossary, and an illustrated section that lists lost murals. Highly recommended for all art and public libraries. Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226305998
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,393,271
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lackritz Gray has degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Chicago and is the coauthor of A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture. She has been active in the preservation, care, and investigation of public art for many years.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Central Area
Near South and Near West Sides
South Side
North Side
Suburbs and Outlying Areas
But Not Forgotten
Addendum
Appendix 1: Other Missing Murals
Appendix 2: Public Schools with Extant Murals
Biographies of Artists
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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