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20140530151013-spills-exhibition-3-300 Phantom Sense: Tony Tasset’s Spill Paintings   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Theodore Darst, Peter Jellitsch at Public Works February 7th, 2014 - April 4th, 2014
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 invisible... [more]

20140207141917-williams_bouquet_1991_2 The Death of Conceptualism: Christopher Williams and The Great Sorting   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Christopher Williams at The Art Institute of Chicago January 24th, 2014 - May 18th, 2014
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 sh... [more]

20140123130955-sochi The Sochi Project: Interview with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rob Hornstra at DePaul Art Museum January 9th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
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 built the story in a variety... [more]

20140117074244-thinskinscoverimage An Overdue Retrospective   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Faith Wilding at Threewalls January 10th, 2014 - February 22nd, 2014
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... [more]

20140103001827-9857920433_1cd321cecd_b Reflections, Controversy, and Relief: Pepper’s Best of… 2013   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 this coalesces, it&rsqu... [more]

20131227131038-screenshot_2013-12-25_03 Required Reading, Required Viewing: Best of Chicago Exhibitions, 2013   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 formal and e... [more]

20131123191418-cp3 Where They’ll Take You: Offbeat Art Sites in the 2nd City   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 por... [more]

20131102130245-o Sublime, Banal, and In-Between: SOFA in its 20th Year   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 appr... [more]

20131018120630-img_20131011_205103 Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 Co... [more]

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