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20160331154436-ex Lee Godie's Photo Booth Portraits Show Moments of Self-Invention from a Life Lived in Public   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Lee Godie at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art April 8th - July 5th
Posted 3/31/16

Lee Godie, pronounced “go-DAY.” She was a French Impressionist; her portraits and still-lifes were “better than Cezanne.” Or so went the sales pitch from her habitual perch—and erstwhile studio—on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago. Living on the streets, sleeping in the park, sprawling out on the floors of local libraries to draw, using a supermarket as an informal bank, Ms. Godie has become one of the most recognized Chicago artists, perhaps because for a while she... [more]

20160328171415-me_and_my_arrow-5 Pointlessness Is the Point: Tony Tasset and His Arrow at Kavi Gupta   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Tony Tasset at Kavi Gupta Chicago - Elizabeth Street March 18th - May 14th
Posted 3/28/16

I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to points. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.’ —Harry Nilsson At Kavi Gupta’s Elizabeth Street location, Tony Tasset has wallpapered the large warehouse space with 66 arrow paintings. The paintings, which feature pairs of arrows (one pointing up, the other pointing do... [more]

20160118122550-ka Behind the Grin: Unmasking the Political Aesthetic in Kathryn Andrews' Run for President   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Kathryn Andrews at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 21st, 2015 - May 8th
Posted 1/18/16

Few things could be as topical. The image-culture created out of broadcast television’s commoditized framing of electoral coverage is precise, yet entirely ubiquitous. Kathryn Andrews’ Run for President, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, pictures the hamster wheel of these aesthetic politics. Under the premise of a fictive presidential campaign, Andrews uses Bozo the Clown as the central figure within her electoral landscape. The personas born from Bozo represent... [more]

20151030114017-8842471 Terrorists in the Library: A Peculiar Specimen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ajax Athena, Molly Brandt, Troy Briggs, Jase Flannery, Dora Garcia, Rami George, Kelly Lloyd, Sarah Mendelsohn, Lior Modan, Michal Bar Or, Dario Robleto, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Anna Shteynshleyger at Harold Washington College President's Gallery September 18th, 2015 - November 24th, 2015
Posted 10/30/15

Terrorists in the Library, a speculative research project organized by Chicago-based curator Ruslana Lichtzier, is a peculiar specimen. For one, it is located in the President’s Gallery of Harold Washington College in Chicago’s Loop, as part of Pedestrian Project, a lecture and exhibition program at the college. Situated at the end of a hallway on the eighth floor, adjacent to rows of administrative workstations, the work that is immediately noticeable is garishly out of place, and the those works not so... [more]

20151019150652-kavi_gupta_stockholder-85 Chicago's Concept-Based Group Exhibitions Show Strength in Numbers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/19/15

There are forms we know and forms we strive for. This is Plato’s theory—that the ideal is an immovable image, an untouched idea, and that what we know is constantly subject to change and transformation as it goes. For artists and viewers alike, the form of a group exhibition is not always the ideal. The feel of these shows sets up a certain expectation from viewers, often a feeling of decentralization—that the variety of voices is favored over a singular approach, assemblage over inseparability. In... [more]

20151009132236-063857_tomharris_005 In the Bank: Carlos Bunga Resists Market Complicities in Theaster Gates' Newest Venture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/9/15

By now, many will have read Ben Davis’ piece on artnet news, a piece of social and market criticism that takes on Chicago artist Theaster Gates’ newest endeavor: the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, a part of the Rebuild Foundation. It is a piece that necessarily traces the social implications of the newly minted space within the larger space of Gates’ practice, and Chicago itself, using Gates’ relationship to Mayor Rahm Emanuel as its central lens through which to look at... [more]

20150918092044-image_1_expoprojects_2015_buren_1 Highlights and Surprises: A First Look at EXPO Chicago 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at EXPO CHICAGO September 17th, 2015 - September 20th, 2015
Posted 9/18/15

In its fourth edition, EXPO Chicago has shown considerable institutional growth, adding new programs and publications, and expanding from 125 galleries in 2012 to 140 from 16 countries in 2015. A few months ago, signs promoting the fair popped up all around the city, boosting expectations for art lovers. Although EXPO is open to the public for just three days, the week of September 14-20—now referred as the EXPO Art Week—is one of the Chicago art scene’s busiest times of the y... [more]

20150918152952-screen_shot_2015-09-17_at_2 Naomi Beckwith in Conversation with Solange and Mickalene Thomas   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/18/15

On Wednesday evening, EXPO, in partnership with Kavi Gupta and Saint Heron sponsored a panel discussion at the artsy clubhouse, Soho House, Chicago. The panel, moderated by MCA curator Naomi Beckwith, consisted of Mickalene Thomas and Solange. (Full disclosure: ArtSlant’s Stephanie Cristello works for EXPO Chicago and helped organize the panel.) The names on the panel were enough of a draw but the discussion between these three creative world heavyweights was a fascinating and timely conv... [more]

20150918161737-20130408-247791-the-brunch-dish-grange-hall-burger-bar-open-faced-breakfast-burger-4 EXPO Weekender: The Best Is Yet to Come   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/17/15

As Chicago's biggest art week builds to a crescendo, many of the best talks and events are still to come over this weekend. EXPO is marking itself out for its genuine interest in connecting what the commercial art fair does with conversations happening in parallel. While many fairs attempt to do this, EXPO has panel discussions with broad, understandable topics that open out to design, fashion, and commerce, reflecting more realistically the complexion of the art world, its influences—and its conflict... [more]

20150904155554-expo-1-daniel EXPO Chicago: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Buren, Mickalene Thomas, Oh My!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/4/15

One of our favorite fairs of the year is fast approaching and EXPO Chicago is pulling out all the stops. With their full programming recently announced, we thought it wise to give a little primer of what to see and what to do. First off, Daniel Buren, famed polychromatic installation artist will contribute a large work to be hung from the rafters as part of the IN/SITU program, curated by the Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin, Louis Grachos. Buren will also contribute an outdoor installation which will stay in C... [more]

20150814112226-the_beacon_render Immersive Light Artworks to Illuminate Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/14/15

Chicago’s century-old Garfield Park Conservatory—one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the country—has been referred to as “landscape art under glass.” This fall, landscape art will meet contemporary art when Luftwerk, the artistic vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, brings a series of large-scale, responsive light and sculptural installations to the horticultural monument. Check out our interview with the artists from 2014 here. Luftwerk’s sol... [more]

20150713103046-image_1_tell_it_microphone_in_lurie_garden Jenny Kendler Translates Confessions into Birdsong   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/13/15

Where did we ever get the strange idea that nature—as opposed to culture—is ahistorical and timeless? We are far too impressed by our own cleverness and self-consciousness… We need to stop telling ourselves the same old anthropocentric bedtime stories. —Steve Shaviro, Doom Patrols [1] Tell it to the Birds is an interactive project by Chicago-based artist and activist Jenny Kendler in collaboration with her software developer husband, Brian Kirkbride. Created as Artist-in-Residen... [more]

20150624210659-20150624203607-chicago_artists_group_portrait__1_ Making a Memento: Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/24/15

On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time. Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions, to e... [more]

20150528144630-20150527224147-sector_rothenberg042 The Personal Is Political: Ellen Rothenberg at Sector 2337   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/27/15

In experiencing elsetime, Ellen Rothenberg’s solo exhibition at Sector 2337, there’s a moment when you realize that you’re not going to get any answers. Nothing conclusive, that is. Rothenberg’s approach to making—performative, research-based explorations of personal/political history—has no time for neat folding-up. The plethora of media on display—ranging in scale from large lean-tos to shifting photocopies of books—all of these give the impression of... [more]

20150519174235-rs_9938 An Actual Location for This Moment: Gabriel Sierra at the Renaissance Society   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Gabriel Sierra at Renaissance Society May 3rd, 2015 - June 28th, 2015
Posted 5/19/15

Gabriel Sierra creates structures of relation, platforms where humans, architecture, and paper media collaborate on the creation of artworks. His current exhibition at the Renaissance Society—the first solo exhibition in the United States for the Bogotá-based artist—is a scatter piece of sculptures, rules, and relationships in which 14 constructions, mostly in modernistically white plywood, lie on the gallery floor. They look at first like a kind of stern minimalism in the Ren&rsqu... [more]

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Sizing the Immaterial: S, M, L, XL at MCA   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th, 2015 - October 4th, 2015
Posted 5/12/15

Stratospheres of experience have been described in art since the early narratives of heaven and earth. Since Biblical cosmology, our understanding of time and place has been oriented according to predetermined concepts of measure—even time is an invented unit. But how do we measure the intangible? In a system where contemporary art is increasingly judged by scale, how do we quantify the poetics of experience? Robert Morris, Portal, 1964. Collection of the MCA Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert... [more]


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