Press: Chicago Exhibition
Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
at Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois.
January 27, 2012 to July 8, 2012
LINKS to Press Coverage of Chicago Exhibition
ARTnews: click here..
“Harris’s interest is more about how death is represented across cultures than about finding answers through spirituality” – by Meredith Mendelsohn..
WTTW: click here
“Riverwoods antiques dealer Richard Harris has an unusual collection: over 1,000 pieces of art and artifacts of the morbid and macabre” – by Michael Lipkin..
The Chicago Arts Archive
“Viewing the ephemera of dancing skeletons alongside authentic medical artifacts removes the macabre stigma typically associated with these symbols and reinforces a serene unity of mankind in our most essential structure” – by Brian Willard..
“This universality of death — through centuries, through different cultures — is explored in “Morbid Curiosity,” a wonderful exhibit..” – by William Hageman
Chicago Sun Times
“It’s hard to find even the smallest hint of the Grim Reaper in Richard Harris. There’s his easy grin. His enthusiastic eyes” – by Kara Spak
Recommended this week in the “Culture Vulture” column
Time Out Chicago
“Richard Harris has a passion for art about death—and the freedom to assemble a collection you’re unlikely to see in a museum.” – by Jonathan Kinkley.
“Harris, who is mostly retired from his career as a wholesale antique dealer serving the high-end interior design community, has been collecting art for over 40 years but it is only in the last dozen that his focus has been art related to death.” – by Myrna Petlicki..
“The collection he has since amassed is nothing if not diverse” – by Wynne Parry
Northwestern Art Review
“The collection spans over 6,000 years in time, with historical as well as contemporary works. There are artifacts and photographs and cultural materials all exploring death.”
The Columbia Chronicle
“The rooms are filled with blank eyes staring from all around you” – by Trevor Bellanger
Show Me Chicago
“Upon entering the main exhibition hall, I was witness to nearly 1000 eclectic works of fine art, artifacts, installations and decorative objects, including creations by many of the world’s greatest artists including: Rembrandt, Mapplethorpe, Dürer, Goya and Jasper Johns. The work spanned nearly 6000 years from 2000 B.C.E. to the present”. - by Carole Kuhrt Brewer