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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, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
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 greater pu... [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, 2014 - November 23rd, 2014
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 instan... [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... [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, 2014 - January 4th
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 explai... [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, 2014 - November 2nd, 2014
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, 2014 - October 5th, 2014
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 hood of... [more]

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, 2014 - August 24th, 2014
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 Hou... [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, 2014 - July 26th, 2014
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, fil... [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, 2014 - August 16th, 2014
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, desp... [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, 2014 - July 27th, 2014
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... [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, 2014 - July 26th, 2014
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 show... [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, 2014 - August 3rd, 2014
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, li... [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, 2014 - April 19th, 2014
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 – l... [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, 2014 - April 13th, 2014
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 genre prom... [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, foun... [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]


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