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20140411141708-kminstall1 Speak Your Plural: Chapter One of Slow Frequency   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kyla Mallett at Paris London Hong Kong March 14th - April 19th
Posted 4/11/14

Affirmation, fulfillment, declaration; these are all terms used to describe motivational speaking. This form of address is designed for the masses. Though they prey on the singular, all these words refer to an inherent plurality: which is to say, yourself in others. Affirmation is mirrored through encounters, fulfillment is only expressed to a counterpart when it is lacking, and declaration depends on an audience of listeners. Yet, while these definitions point towards self-help culture –... [more]

20140320233626-ren_0235 Our Love is a Cage Match   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kathryn Andrews, Ed Atkins, Chris Bradley, Roe Ethridge, Anna Gray, Guyton\Walker, Anna K.E., Jack Lavender, Ryan Wilson Paulsen at Renaissance Society March 9th - April 13th
Posted 3/20/14

If you walk through the stacks of Barnes & Noble, you might find yourself in the aisles of young adult fiction, which despite its implied age bracket is one of the largest and most profitable sectors in the commercial publishing industry. If you are like Hamza Walker, you may have discovered this aisle through your preteen daughter. But you do not have to know a preteen girl in order to have insight as to what this fiction is about, or to understand its contents. You know the melodrama this gen... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 6, Issue 1: Networks of Support for Artists, Redefining Patronage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/14

Networks of Support: Carolina Jayaram and the contemporary conduits of patronage Troy Pieper profiles Carolina Jayaram, recently appointed President and CEO of United States Artists, a national nonprofit that awards grants to mid-career artists. Modern patronage takes many forms. Gone are the days of direct patronage: a wealthy patron giving funds, housing or access directly to an artist. Instead, artists must rely on networks of support. Grants, residencies, galleries, foundations, nonprofits: the... [more]

20140314061356-_mg_0243 Networks of Support: Carolina Jayaram, from Chicago Artists Coalition to United States Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/14/14

Modern patronage takes many forms. Gone are the days of direct patronage: a wealthy patron giving funds, housing or access directly to an artist. Instead, artists must rely on networks of support. Grants, residencies, galleries, foundations, nonprofits: these organizations comprise the contemporary conduits of patronage. Arts executive and organizer Carolina Jayaram recently left one such organization for another and speaking with her, we saw what it takes to run the networks that support artists... [more]

20140214102048-img_6269 Deep Systems at Public Works   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theodore Darst, Peter Jellitsch at Public Works February 7th - April 4th
Posted 2/14/14

In writing this review, Dear Reader, it has been difficult to retain a narrative thread. Each work at ONLY REAL, Public Works latest exhibition, seems to reference another work in the exhibition while simultaneously opening up further implications and complications in a seemingly endless cascade of elusive meaning, contributing to a feeling that each explication is about to collapse in on itself. This feeling of anxiety of collapse is an apt affect for a series of visual explorations of the invi... [more]

20140207141917-williams_bouquet_1991_2 The Death of Conceptualism: Christopher Williams and The Great Sorting   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christopher Williams at The Art Institute of Chicago January 24th - May 18th
Posted 2/7/14

A single image in an empty room. The signature contrast of seventeenth-century Dutch-still life permeates the pictorial field, Easter lilies occupying a significant quotient of the bouquet, delicate white crespias folded between the rich green of the leaves laid flat against the soft, white tablecloth, patterned only by the table visible through the opacity of the thinly woven fabric. The background in the distance is a pitch black, the kind that could only exist in a photo studio; the image is... [more]

20140123130955-sochi The Sochi Project: Interview with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rob Hornstra at DePaul Art Museum January 9th - March 23rd
Posted 2/1/14

The Sochi Project has come to America and now, concurrent with an exhibition in Antwerp, is on view at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum. (Golden Years: Rob Hornstra's Russia is also concurrently on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; read Edo Dijksterhuis' review here.) In the project, Dutch documentarians Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra tell the story of Sochi, the Russian city chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and its surrounding regions. Since 2009, van Bruggen and Hornstra have buil... [more]

20140117074244-thinskinscoverimage An Overdue Retrospective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Faith Wilding at threewalls January 10th - February 22nd
Posted 1/17/14

At first look, Fearful Symmetries exhibits surprising choices for Faith Wilding’s first retrospective. Best known as a performance and installation artist and writer involved with feminist art collectives, Wilding has firmly secured her place in the canon of the feminist art movement. Having studied with Judy Chicago in the Feminist Art Program – first at California State University, Fresno, and then at CalArts – she subsequently participated in Womanhouse (1971–1972), in which she performed her provocative and significant work Waiting (1972). Since that time Wilding’s work has spanned performance, writing,... [more]

20140103001827-9857920433_1cd321cecd_b Reflections, Controversy, and Relief: Pepper’s Best of… 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/2/14

Best reflections of America Be the party (please don’t go): Emily Severance & Helmut Heiss at slow, produced in partnership with ACRE and with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts, and Culture, April 6-26 Slow is what happens when an apartment gallery evolves. The Pilsen-based venue pairs contemporary art with intricate homebrews, and visitors can enjoy straight viewing in the gallery or extended dialogue in the dimly lit back living room and kitchen. When all thi... [more]

20131227131038-screenshot_2013-12-25_03 Required Reading, Required Viewing: Best of Chicago Exhibitions, 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/27/13

Stephanie Cristello takes a look back at 2013 to survey the most groundbreaking exhibitions that presented themselves this past year. Amalia Pica | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Was there anything more visually and conceptually stimulating than Amalia Pica’s solo exhibition at the MCA in 2013? This was truly an impressive survey by the Argentinian-born, London-based artist, whose aesthetics fly under the radar in such an amazing way. Whereas the theme and subject of color is often a... [more]

20131123191418-cp3 Where They’ll Take You: Offbeat Art Sites in the 2nd City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Caroline Picard at D Gallery November 8th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Posted 11/23/13

For C. S. Lewis it was a wardrobe. For Lynn Reid Banks, a cupboard. Max, in Maurice Sendak’s most famous book, sets sail to the island of the Wild Things from the confines of his own bedroom. Though adult narratives focus less on magical transportation and metamorphosis, when they do they also often look to constrictive spaces. Toru Okada, the protagonist of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, searches for visions from the bottom of a dried-up well. In Being John Malkovich, the p... [more]

20131102130245-o Sublime, Banal, and In-Between: SOFA in its 20th Year   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SOFA Chicago October 31st, 2013 - November 3rd, 2013
Posted 11/2/13

SOFA takes stamina, a keen and curious eye, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. A long parade of blown glass, statement jewelry, and iron sculpture can get fatiguing. Else, you’d have to fetishize decorative arts to walk every row of the massive Navy Pier pavilion, densely packed with some seventy dealers’ booths. Entering its 20th year – an important milestone – the fair of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art can feel intensely variegated and unwieldy. A few pieces a... [more]

20131018120630-img_20131011_205103 Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Legget, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald, avery r. young at South Side Community Art Center October 11th, 2013 - November 9th, 2013
Posted 10/18/13

"They're not all the same color, they're not all black, they're not all, as they used to say years ago, high yellow, they're not all brown. I try to give each one of them character as individuals. And that's hard to do when you have so many figures to do, putting them all together and still have them have their characteristics." –Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) in Bronzevi... [more]

Special Edition: EXPO CHICAGO #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/13

EXPO CHICAGO: THE START OF THE CIRCUIT By Joel Kuennen On August 21st, the New York Times published an article entitled, “For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Circuit.” In it, a great lament for the loss of the fat times when dealers had but to sit in their galleries and wait for buyers to walk through the door. Now, they must trot around the globe, hawking their wares like common international businessmen and businesswomen. Reeling back the snark, traveling is tough... [more]

20130919202846-tc73 EXPO CHICAGO: The Start of the Circuit   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/19/13

On August 21st, the New York Times published an article entitled, “For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Circuit.” In it, a great lament for the loss of the fat times when dealers had but to sit in their galleries and wait for buyers to walk through the door. Now, they must trot around the globe, hawking their wares like common international businessmen and businesswomen. Reeling back the snark, traveling is tough; it keeps a person on-edge, off-center but it’s an increasing reality for thos... [more]

Special Edition: EXPO Chicago #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/19/13

THE SOPHOMORE YEAR: AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY KARMAN By Thomas Connors Chicago’s rocky road in the art fair business isn’t such a distant memory. But if the second iteration of EXPO CHICAGO – running September 19-22 – proves as appealing as its debut last year, that history may be finally relegated to the category of old news. As exhibitors put the finishing touches to their booths on Navy Pier, the show’s President and Director, Tony Karman, offers a few thoughts on his state of the art. Thomas Connors: How do y... [more]


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