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20141026085215-belknappinkandgray-975x731 Sarah and Joseph Belknap Translate the Solar System for Earthlings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) October 11th - February 24th, 2015
Posted 12/8/14

The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves. —Johannes Kepler Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of... [more]

20141017074842-er-lckpu-e63e0seoqlmokok9j0wvll8wm0d6oe7ioi_unclc-iygtsp0jxkoxmsrzxppmnsuyp0r9sxth08v9s_eavtlqlvtojmni5wzfjhwjfrszc6ggqjxihifbzy7ym_nzfr0zhcvuj_gwfec8r2l23xog2b3zb55bypfm4ggdg_aez0ozgd5dqbqrch6-rg2k_hxvanbbvzd8mg Who is Responsible for the American Dream?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josef Strau at Renaissance Society September 21st - November 9th
Posted 10/17/14

I had a dream a couple years ago in which a new, previously unknown continent was discovered on Earth. The knowledge entered my consciousness first like the ambient news of a radio dispatch. It was an impersonal knowledge, born through the slippery medium of dream space, the source of the transmission overlooked as my dream self wondered instead about the profound consequence such a discovery might have on the rest of humankind. The next thing I remember is that I stood on the ground of the new cou... [more]

20141010125805-charelsworth_unidentified-man-ontani-hotel Longing for Flight: Sarah Charlesworth’s Stills   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Charlesworth at The Art Institute of Chicago September 18th - January 4th, 2015
Posted 10/10/14

“Falling, rushing, ruining! buried in the ruins, on Urthona's dens” – William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793. Icarus’ father Daedalus made him wings and warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But Icarus, ecstatic with the ability to fly, forgot his father’s caution—the feathers came loose and Icarus descended to his death in the sea. This Greek myth can be literally interpreted as the human desire to overcome his or her limits. In... [more]

20140929231945-8efeddavidbowie_20140919_231 Bowie Victims: Confessions from David Bowie Is at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd - January 4th, 2015
Posted 9/29/14

I’m not sure exactly what Jon Savage meant when he referred to “Bowie victims” in his book about the birth of punk rock, England’s Dreaming, but ever since I read that phrase it stuck with me. In a way I identified with it—being a big David Bowie adherent—and didn’t necessarily consider it as a derogatory term. I figure he meant teens obsessed with Bowie, the young androgynes with their flared high waters and platform boots, teased mullets and green eye mak... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #1: Art Fair Musical   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO As exhibitors and artists ready their productions for EXPO CHICAGO, Caroline Picard introduces this year's IN/SITU works. As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #2: Vernissage: No Glitz, No Glam, Still Good. Multiples at EDITION Chicago.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

EDITION Chicago: What's in a Multiple? At EDITION Chicago Gan Uyeda muses on multiples, value, and the designations of "art." Just on the basis of massiveness, EXPO CHICAGO’s top-tier art fair on Navy Pier could be expected to have pervasive and rippling effects through the art system of Chicago, and ripple it does. Museums line up stardusted blockbusters to coincide with the fair, galleries arrange collector-centric city tours, and the city’s Cultural Affai... [more]

20140921180030-0 Enduring Materials - Performa: Rashid Johnson's Dutchman at Red Square Baths   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/21/14

“And we’ll pretend that people cannot see you. That is, the citizens. And that you are free of your own history. And I am free of my history. We’ll pretend that we are both anonymous beauties smashing along through the city’s entrails [She yells as loud as she can] GROOVE!” — Amiri Baraka, Dutchman, 1964. We gathered in the lobby of a recently renovated bathhouse at 1914 W Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park. The time was 11:00pm. Upon arrival,... [more]

20140920001758-20130527032529-bookofseeds Cryptographics: An Interview with Curator's Open Winner Manus Groenen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/14

Manus Groenen’s show Cryptographics: A Tribute to the Voynich Manuscript was selected as the winner of ArtSlant’s Curator’s Open, where we asked readers to use our massive database of art to design an exhibition. Now showing at EXPO CHICAGO Art Fair, Groenen’s Cryptographics brings together twelve unique artworks exploring different forms of marking, both linguistic and pictorial. Reflective of the mysterious text his show honors, Groenen’s Cryptographics features works touching on the cosmological, the obscured, and... [more]

20140919040748-i_love_you__shakespeare What’s In A Multiple?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Chicago Artists Coalition September 19th 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 9/19/14

Just on the basis of massiveness, EXPO CHICAGO’s top-tier art fair on Navy Pier could be expected to have pervasive and rippling effects through the art system of Chicago, and ripple it does. Museums line up stardusted blockbusters to coincide with the fair, galleries arrange collector-centric city tours, and the city’s Cultural Affairs department antes up sponsorship for a gallery crawl shuttle. For the second year running, one of the EXPO ripples will be EDITION Chicago, a kind of mini... [more]

20140918194407-suspended-animation-53-300 By Art Is Created That Great Leviathan: Glenn Kaino at Kavi Gupta   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Glenn Kaino at Kavi Gupta Chicago - Elizabeth Street September 19th - December 20th
Posted 9/18/14

With the opening words “By art is created that great Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbes launches readers into his seminal work of political philosophy, Leviathan, in which he imagines the State as a great aggregation of the masses into a singular societal body. Drawing its title from Hobbes’ treatise, LA-based artist Glenn Kaino’s exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery’s Elizabeth Street location indicates an ambition for superstrata-level political commentary. Despite the impossible loftine... [more]

20140916234710-michaelrakowitz_9 Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elijah Burgher, Robert Burnier, Leidy Chavez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Fernando Pareja, Cheryl Pope, Michael Rakowitz, Jessica Stockholder, Saya Woolfalk at EXPO CHICAGO September 18th - September 21st
Posted 9/16/14

As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test light and sound sequences. Dancers stretch. Producers sweat, fiddling their mobile devices unconsciously. There is a palpable buzz of anticipation — an energy not yet disseminated into the grea... [more]

20140905051857-image_2_benedict_evron_installation_view The Middle as a Means to an End: The Chicago Effect at the Hyde Park Art Center   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marissa Lee Benedict, Robert Burnier, Devon Dikeou, Essex/Olivares, Assaf Evron, Jamie Hayes, Patrick Meagher, Michael Smith, Jan Tichy, Lan Tuazon at Hyde Park Art Center August 24th - November 23rd
Posted 9/5/14

In the forward-thinking exhibition The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle, curators Allison Peters Quinn, Christopher K. Ho, and Megha Ralapati explore the notion of the Middle, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Hyde Park Art Center (the “Center”). Of course, defining the middle is not an easy task. The mere attempt to define “it” and its ubiquity is confusing—but this exact confusion makes the experience of the show all the more intriguing. In the insta... [more]

20140905123142-strau_installation-2-3001 Required Viewing – Chicago: Pictures for a Generation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/5/14

Of the multitude of exhibitions opening this September in Chicago, one stands—or falls—singularly into view. A complete series of work by Maccarone artist Sarah Charlesworth that helped to define the Pictures Generation will be shown for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago. The series, entitled Stills, features figures falling from great heights, suspended in front of buildings that function more as a frame than as a backdrop—static yet tense. Teasing the weight and re... [more]

20140929225958-2d11c1aladdinsane David Bowie Is: Star Power – An Interview with Michael Darling   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd - January 4th, 2015
Posted 8/29/14

David Bowie Is, coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in just a few weeks, is unprecedented to the extent that it is the first massive solo show the MCA has ever given to a musician. But as James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling discusses below, he was drawn to the exhibition because Bowie emulates the blending of media, the crossing over of disciplines he finds so relevant to contemporary artists’ practices. Darling was kind enough to sit down with me this month and ex... [more]

20140822035731-starling_steel_bird_2004 Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Simon Starling at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 7th - November 2nd
Posted 8/22/14

An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in Simon Starling: Metamorphology, the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling... [more]

20140809075139-stimac_santa_fe_billings Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold Mendez, Richard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber/US, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward at Museum of Contemporary Photography July 25th - October 5th
Posted 8/9/14

What first reads like an astral constellation is in fact a photograph whose blackness is broken only by the erratic swarm of dead insect bodies. Greg Stimac’s Santa Fe to Billings (2009) documents the choreography of the countless lives his windshield intersected on a drive between locales. The momentum of each smash is evident—guts smear and spray across the surface, recording innumerable tiny accidents. To create this piece, Stimac placed an 8 x 10 inch sheet of Plexiglass on the h... [more]


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