260 Chestnut Street, Suite 1714
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone 847 733 1803
1555 Sherman Avenue, Suite 362
Evanston, IL 60201
The Chicago Studio is open any time by appointment.
Philosophy and Aesthetics
Boreas Fine Art offers a carefully chosen selection of conceptual art, artist books, and artist projects. In choosing what to offer, we are guided only by our own expansive view of what constitutes art in today’s world.
At the end of the last century, critic Rosalind Krauss described the evolution of art into what she called the post-medium condition, doubtless a play on the title of an earlier book by François Lyotard, La Condition Postmoderne: Rapport sur le Savoir. Sentiments similar to those of Ms. Krauss’s were expressed by Lucy Lippard in her book Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972.
The post-medium condition signifies a world where artists can create art without being confined by the attributes of any particular medium, e.g., painting, sculpture, or photography, in contrast to a previous period where the medium chosen had been seen as critical to understanding and evaluating an artist’s work. More particularly, the idea that any given medium has unique characteristics that differentiates it from any other medium was part of a broader theory of aesthetics most famously articulated by Clement Greenberg as part of a strict formalist theory of modernism. In the hands of Greenberg, this formalist theory devolved into a formidable intellectual force that drew the attention of the art world away from what was represented in a work of art and towards how it was represented, i.e., how well the medium was deployed by the artist to make an artistic statement.
Krauss argued that Greenberg’s views have become irrelevant in the post-medium environment: it is not sensible to evaluate art or an artist through the lens of a particular medium if the artist is free to employ any medium or many different media in the creation of a single work. Much of the art produced in the last three or more decades, such as conceptual art, mixed media art, installation, appropriation, aggregative media, artist books, and performance art, does not have a single or even any material support.
Our collection reflects this unconfined view of today’s contemporary art world in the West.
If you are in Chicago please call or write to arrange a visit to our studio/showroom at 260 E. Chestnut in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Located between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, we are an easy walk from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, the Newberry Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Poetry Foundation, and the Water Tower shopping district. Mere curiosity is sufficient reason for a visit.
Boreas Fine Art is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, headquartered in New York, and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Clicking on the logos at the bottom of the page will take you to our webpage on these sites.
Terms of Sale
All items are subject to prior sale; we attempt to keep this site up to date and succeed most of the time. Orders are accepted by email, post, fax (847 733 1807), or telephone. Written orders should be accompanied by payment unless credit or other arrangements have been established in advance. Credit cards are accepted.
Sales to downstate Illinois are subject to a 6.25% Sales Tax and sales in Cook County are subject to a 9.5% Sales Tax. Institutions may receive deferred billing. Shipping and handling charges may be extra and vary depending on the size of the item.
All purchases may be returned for any reason with notice and provided no damage has occurred. Please make arrangements in advance for a return.
Boreas Fine Art can assist you in building an important and valuable collection of fine art or rare books in any area. We work with a wide variety of scholars and art consultants in many diverse fields. We are familiar with and follow closely the opaque economics of the art market and can assist you in researching, selecting, locating, appraising, and acquiring significant works that will add value to your collection. We can also provide advice on disposing of collections or individual works.
If you would like to receive further information about this service, if you have a question about a specific object in our inventory, or if you would like us to locate a particular work for you, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 847 733 1803 or write us at the address shown above.