• Gilty Pleasures: PAGODA RED x the bms.

    Chicago artist Brian Stanziale has mastered the art of working with metal tacks, from making studded t-shirts for friends to creating brass-adorned coffee table books. “I’ve always been a fan of adding metal to things,” he says. “I think I was the only child in grade school that actually wanted braces.” Stylist, designer, and artist, […]

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    November 19, 2019 By scoffey
  • Patrick Fitzgerald: The Handmade Mechanic

    Through September 9, 2019 PAGODA RED, 1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago  A exhibition of Patrick Fitzgerald’s Box Cars, Jackets and Helmets.  Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962, Patrick Fitzgerald grew up in an industrial Midwestern landscape. “It was loud, daunting and dirty,” he says, “yet it possessed a powerful beauty that is still so […]

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    July 25, 2019 By aknotts
  • The Enchanted World of Yoko Tanaka

    Whether she’s working with paints or pencils, artist Yoko Tanaka rarely strays from her chosen palette of soft, smoky tones that lend her pieces a hushed, otherworldly quality, and a rich undercurrent of emotion. The somber figures depicted in her works are frequently placed in spare, but fanciful settings, lending them a fabulist, folkloric air. […]

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    November 29, 2018 By hgoodman
  • African Metal Work at UCLA’s Fowler Museum

    Inspired by Striking Iron: The Art Of African Blacksmiths, an exciting new exhibition from The Fowler Museum at UCLA, we’re delving into the stories behind a few favorite works of African metal, from our own collection. The Fowler is part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, and is renowned for its in-depth exploration of […]

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    October 22, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Breaking News: We Moved & Expanded

    A New Gallery and Studio  For the very first time, the complete PAGODA RED collection will be open to the public. The move is complete—with the collections from our Fulton Market and Winnetka galleries finding new homes in our freshly renovated “rough luxe” space in Bucktown. PAGODA RED • 1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago Monday – Saturday • 10am […]

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    October 18, 2018 By aknotts
  • Deng Ying: The Contemporary Folk Artist

    Beijing based artist Deng Ying embellishes small, everyday objects, such as porcelain plates, apothecary jars and paper hand-fans with playful, folk art scenes. The vignettes often feature the artist herself in caricature participating in typical daily activities. Though Deng Ying’s illustrations are inarguably contemporary in style, her frequent use of blue and white directly references […]

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    October 13, 2018 By aknotts
  • Book Report: Elegance in Japanese Art

    Here at PAGODA RED, we love to follow the connective thread that ties modern and ancient art together. Tracing a work of art back through time, to the very emergence of a particular style or medium, and communicating that rich lineage to our clients, is an integral piece of what we do. It was with great pleasure that […]

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    October 8, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Then and Now: Modern Chinese Art Meets Ancient

    Join us for an EXPO CHICAGO satellite event and discussion with Dr. John Tancock of Chambers Fine Art NY and Helyn Goldenberg of Sotheby’s. Then & Now Exhibition: Thursday 9/27—Sunday 9/30, 10am—6pm Discussion: Saturday 9/29, 11am—1pm PAGODA RED, 400 N Morgan, Chicago Then & Now features a selection of contemporary Chinese artwork in dialogue with ancient […]

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    September 18, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Xie Dong: Celebrating The Ephemeral

    Internationally acclaimed artist Xie Dong is known for her ability to render moments of poetic movement in porcelain. The way a pillow crumples, the way fabric ripples when touched by a gentle breeze, even the way an ice cube melts—all have been elegantly realized by the artist, in fine bone china. Over the years, the […]

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    September 5, 2018 By aknotts
  • July Zhou: Ming Made Modern

    Artist July Zhou was born during China’s last civil war. A child of two creatives, he always knew he was meant for a life in the arts. But his plans were derailed by a country in political turmoil. During what came to be known as The Cultural Revolution, it was common for intellectuals to be arrested […]

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    July 27, 2018 By hgoodman