Renowned critic to speak on modern art

By Carol Ekstrom

NIU students can be inspired by the development of modern art when a well-known Chicago art critic speaks at NIU as part of the Visiting Artist Scholar Program.

A program designed to enhance a student’s cultural education is sponsored by NIU’s School of Art.

Freelance art critic Dennis Adrian will give a public lecture Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building.

His presentation, “Looking Back at Modernism,” is a reflection on the avant-garde era, which has been replaced with the post-modern era. The avant-garde era describes the development of modern art.

Art Professor Ben Mahmoud said Adrian is an important influence in the art profession and students will benefit from listening to his point of view.

“There is a vital significance for students to hear his lecture,” he said. “His expertise will enhance any student’s interest in art history.”

Adrian received his Bachelor’s Degree in art history from the University of Chicago.

Before becoming a freelance art critic in Chicago, Adrian was the director of the Allen Frumkin Gallery in New York. He has also contributed numerous articles to a variety of magazines, including Art in America, Artforum and Art International.