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20140724045807-kitplhqlz0svzmx-9_sutawseolzzt3owrzvo3m-soy_1ne6s-c1bcgiu21sz8euuuubrcp3ljt4kxbdq_io5wm_xdorho51w2tjbnjlwul7h1fkwdvyv2akxcivzh7vwt8_5i_jkirw-mmv4kay5hx0yurhvggburdzfmie1ygnrzc The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum June 7th - August 24th
Posted 7/24/14

Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992. Chicago-based artist Heid... [more]

20140718074301-29 The Realized, Unrealized, and Unrealizable: Everything Loose Will Land at the Graham Foundation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, Archigram, Michael Asher, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Craig Elwood, Frank Gehry, Craig Hodgetts, Andrew Holmes, Coy Howard, Robert Irwin, Peter Kamnitzer, Ray Kappe, Robert Kennard, Alison Knowles, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Elizabeth Orr, and others, Peter Pearce, Cesar Pelli, Noah Purifoy, Jeff Raskin, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Miriam Shapiro, Paolo Soleri, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Bernard Tschumi, James Turrell, Studio Works, Feminist Studio Workshop at Graham Foundation May 1st - July 26th
Posted 7/18/14

In the sprawling exhibition Everything Loose Will Land, currently on view at the Graham Foundation, curator Sylvia Lavin deftly tells the story how the worlds of art, architecture, and urban design came together in fantastical and bizarre ways throughout the 1970s. The title comes from a supposed quotation by Frank Lloyd Wright: “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”[1] The exhibition is packed with architectural models, building plans, sculptures... [more]

20140703144006-untitled__1__chicago_tribune_tower__2009_carter Major Modernist What-If   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeff Carter at THE MISSION June 27th - August 16th
Posted 7/3/14

Chicago has a special claim to a Bauhaus lineage. It makes sense that the legendary German school of design relocated to the city in 1937, given that Chicago’s own selfhood story mixes industrial utopianism, innovative architecture and design, and a persistent can-doism—all qualities that mesh well with Bauhaus philosophy. Beyond the idealist affinities, though, it is hard to resist adding the prominence of the advertising and marketing industry in Chicago to the list. After all, despi... [more]

20140530151013-spills-exhibition-3-300 Phantom Sense: Tony Tasset’s Spill Paintings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tony Tasset at Kavi Gupta Gallery May 24th - July 27th
Posted 5/30/14

What Tony Tasset’s Spill Paintings lack in their pictorial realization they make up for in engaging other senses. It is impossible to talk about these paintings solely through optics, since they depend so much on their synaesthetic effects. Viewing the works elicits a phantom experience—you see their scent, visualize their sticky texture, picture the taste of their innumerous drips and pools, all the while imagining the faint echo of the catastrophic incident that could have brought t... [more]

20140721222126-20140509142220-l Tip the world over on its side to find art and architecture collide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, Archigram, Michael Asher, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Craig Elwood, Frank Gehry, Craig Hodgetts, Andrew Holmes, Coy Howard, Robert Irwin, Peter Kamnitzer, Ray Kappe, Robert Kennard, Alison Knowles, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Elizabeth Orr, and others, Peter Pearce, Cesar Pelli, Noah Purifoy, Jeff Raskin, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Miriam Shapiro, Paolo Soleri, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Bernard Tschumi, James Turrell, Studio Works, Feminist Studio Workshop at Graham Foundation May 1st - July 26th
Posted 5/9/14

Few objects in Everything Loose Will Land are as they seem. The Graham Foundation in Chicago is the third stop for this show of 1970s art and architecture that characterized the cultural ecology of Los Angeles at the time. The works on display explore space and structure in ways directly influenced by artists’ place and time, their work, in many cases, transforming the conceptual boundaries of design. Curator Sylvia Lavin, Professor of Architectural Theory and History at UCLA, organized the sh... [more]

20140502064630-schauspieler Remaking the World Around Her: Isa Genzken in Retrospective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Isa Genzken at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) April 12th - August 3rd
Posted 5/2/14

A career retrospective that looks like a massive, unwieldy group show. Work made over the past thirty plus years, much of which looks like it was made yesterday, some of which looks like it was made tomorrow. Isa Genzken is one of those rare artists who seems to have begun her career fully formed. Even the earliest work on view in her retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has the presence and bearing that usually comes with the sureness of age. She’s the kind of artist, like Pic... [more]

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]


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