The Seen, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art celebrated the launch of Issue 08 (Spring/Summer 2019) with a cocktail party at the University Club of Chicago, hosted by Stephanie Cristello, Editor-in-Chief of The Seen and Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO Chicago.
The Seen is produced by EXPO Chicago, an international contemporary and modern art exhibition held at Navy Pier in Chicago every September, in partnership with Suzanne Lovell Design, a Chicago-based architectural interior design firm featuring a boutique fine art advisory.
The magazine is gorgeous. It is larger than expected: think Life Magazine or Rolling Stone. Over forty global staff writers and contributors have filled nearly 175 pages with critiques of art installations at the MSU Broad in East Lansing, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Kunsthalle Krems in Austria. There are reviews of works at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Cultural Center. There is a luxurious spread of photographs by Eduardo Terrazas (“A City Immersed”) that reflect Mexico City in 1968 and a lush review of Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)’s work “Colonial Consumption” and “Diary of a Victorian Dandy” currently at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. There is an interview with Laurie Simmons, who has an exhibition, “Big Camera, Little Camera” at the MCA (and is the mother of actress/writer/activist Lena Dunham. The Seen includes a critique of perfume and scent as art in “Through Smoke and Across Dissent” and an article that literally “judges books by their covers” discussing book cover art in “Under Cover of the Night.” Descriptions of performance art and discussions of art and comics, the journal is compelling and begs to be read over and over again.
Born out of a need for international art criticism within the city and context of Chicago’s thriving art scene, The Seen was founded in 2013 by Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Cristello, and continues to grow its readership throughout the US and Europe.
The Seen is published twice a year in print, in addition to monthly online issues. The free, full-color journal is produced as a 12,000-count run and is available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago, as well as national and international distribution.