Thank god for this River North-quality gallery, says those of us who live on the North Side (and in Andersonville in particular, an area marked by crafty collectibles, not fine art). Though true babe in the woods relatively speaking (the space opened in May 2006), Estudiotres may one of Chicago's most mature galleries.
Nestled between Andersonville's Swedish bakeries, hot-spot eateries, banks and bars, this pristine white space reserves its walls for museum quality artwork. (Its inaugural show featured photography by Accra Shepp, a New York artist who has made the collections of MOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago.)
Named after the graphic design firm that resides in the 2,000-square-foot basement of the building, Estudiotres appropriately brings quality to the its interior construction as well; the space bears a gorgeous wooden step in the middle of the room, with a companion sloping incline for wheelchairs, and interesting niches of wall space.
Upcoming plans include show site-specific installations, more photography, multimedia work and dedicated showings of Chicago artists in the back project space.
Centerstage Reviewer: Joanne Hinkel