ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Jerry Spagnoli, Dan Estabrook, Kate Breakey - Catherine Edelman Gallery - November 4th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">We are excited to present three photographers in&nbsp;<em>Today is History</em>, which examines the use of early photographic techniques among today&rsquo;s practitioners. Work by Kate Breakey, Dan Estabrook and Jerry Spagnoli will be featured. The show opens November 4 and runs through December 31, 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">First it was questioned as art. Then painters used it as a tool. Decades later it was still defending itself as a viable art form. And now, more than 175 years after its inception, photography is an exalted medium, embraced by galleries, collectors and museums worldwide. While photographers engage with new technologies and new means of presentation, many artists working today still incorporate historical techniques in their work.&nbsp;<em>Today is History</em>&nbsp;brings together three artists who work with 19th / 20th c. processes to talk about present day concerns.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kate Breakey (B. 1957 Adelaide, South Australia) is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. These pieces can be seen in two monographs,<em>Small Deaths</em>&nbsp;(2001) and&nbsp;<em>Flowers/Birds</em>&nbsp;(2003). In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more than 30 years, Dan Estabrook&rsquo;s (b. 1969 Boston, MA) work has been at the intersection of yesterday and today. Working with salt prints, calotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, Estabrook creates art that echoes his life, loves, desires and fears. Like many practitioners before him, he turns the camera on himself to make contemporary works inspired by the gap between today&rsquo;s photographic perfection and the past&rsquo;s technical limitations. As he states:&nbsp; &ldquo;Using 19th-century techniques and celebrating their flaws and failures, I make seemingly anonymous photographs in order to re-imagine a more personal and dream-like history of photography, seen from a 21st-century perspective. With these processes, I can create my own &lsquo;found photos&rsquo; - highly personal objects in which to hide my own secrets and stories.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jerry Spagnoli (b. 1956 New York City, NY) is credited as today&rsquo;s preeminent photographer working with the daguerreotype, a polished copper plate treated with mercury vapor. Using this material, Spagnoli has photographed significant historical events, including the horrors of the World Trade Center and the beauty of Times Square on the eve of the Millennium. In his 2012 series,&nbsp;<em>Glasses</em>, Spagnoli tackles the reflective quality of everyday water glasses. As he states, &ldquo;Ultimately my use of various materials and methods is centered in my desire to make complicated stories out of the everyday world, which is my apparent subject matter. Photography allows me to engage viewers with images and ideas which are filtered through the abstracting apparatus of the camera and woven into the matrix of its rich history.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:53:31 +0000 Alma Allen - Shane Campbell Gallery - October 29th - December 3rd Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:59:46 +0000 Erik Wenzel - 65GRAND - November 4th - December 7th Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:51 +0000 Morgan Blair, Francesco Lo Castro, Zoe Nelson - LVL3 Gallery - November 4th - December 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">LVL3 is excited to present <em>Never Far Away</em>, a three-person exhibition featuring Morgan Blair, Francesco Lo Castro and Zoe Nelson. Blair&rsquo;s multicolored paintings act as fragments taken from everyday events, mixed with the absurdities seen in popular culture. Lo Castro&rsquo;s layered abstractions pull together intricate networks of lines and colors while holding onto a much deeper past of emotional moments. Nelson&rsquo;s vibrant surfaces evoke a sense of anxiety and pleasure through the voids and overlaps presented in her paintings. Connections to our past, present and future exist independent of our cognizance. Never Far Away connects these artists&rsquo; feelings, memories and reactions into new forms of communication via mark making and layering of pigment that takes us back to familiar forms.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:54:08 +0000 Wolf Vostell - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago - January 17th, 2017 - June 11th, 2017 <p style="text-align: justify;">Leading Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell (1932&ndash;1998) used concrete as an actual material and artistic motif in a surprising number of ways in the late 1960s and early 1970s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During this time, Vostell mobilized concrete&rsquo;s ambivalent connotations of permanence and inflexibility, strength and violence, to engage with postwar urbanism, particularly German reconstruction and American urban renewal; with unrest and war, including the civil rights marches in Selma, the Paris student protests, the Vietnam and Cold wars; and with the international, if not yet global world, particularly as manifest in transatlantic travel, postcards, and the Munich Olympics.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Vostell Concrete</em> is animated by questions of <a href="" target="_blank">why the materials of art making matter</a> and what they signify. It features the artist&rsquo;s little known, first uses of concrete and redresses a too-limiting understanding of Vostell as a mere performance artist or belated German Pop artist. Drawn from the Smart Museum and other local, national, and international collections, the approximately 45 works on view span a variety of media, from sculpture to film, performance, collage, watercolor, and printmaking.</p> <h2 style="text-align: justify;">Concrete Happenings</h2> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is part of <a href="" target="_blank">Concrete Happenings</a>, a collaborative series of public exhibitions, screenings, symposia, and happenings that mark the return of Vostell&rsquo;s colossal <em>Concrete Traffic</em> (1970) to public view following a major conservation effort. The sculpture&mdash;a 1957 Cadillac encased in concrete&mdash;is part of the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Chicago&rsquo;s public art collection</a> and will be sited in a parking garage in the immediate vicinity of the Smart Museum beginning in fall 2016.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:12 +0000 Viviane Sassen - Museum of Contemporary Photography - January 19th, 2017 - April 1st, 2017 <p style="text-align: justify;">UMBRA is an exhibition consisting of photography and multimedia works by acclaimed fashion photographer Viviane Sassen (Dutch, b. 1972). The work in UMBRA, which means shadow in Latin, emphasizes the play of light and shadow that is characteristic of her work. The artist is also known for her alluring color photographs in which form and content balance on the edge of abstraction. Most recently, Sassen was awarded the Society&rsquo;s Honorary Fellowship award from The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK, (2015), and received the Gold Medal Deutsche Fotobuchpreis for Best Photobook 2016, Stuttgart, Germany (2015).</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:42:42 +0000 Nan Goldin, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, George Hurrell, Irving Penn, Sandro, Victor Skrebneski, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Roger Kingston - Museum of Contemporary Photography - October 20th - December 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Accompanying <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty</em></a>, this exhibition features photographs from the MoCP&rsquo;s permanent collection that intersect with themes seen throughout artist Ik&eacute; Ud&eacute;&rsquo;s work: the use of costume, props, pose and stylized camera techniques to communicate narratives about the film industry, celebrity and identity. Select works by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Nan Golden, George Hurrell, Irving Penn, Sandro, Victor Skrebneski, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, among others will be on view.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:37:12 +0000 Mary Heilmann, Charline von Heyl, Judy Ledgerwood, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Amy Feldman, Joyce Pensato - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - December 17th - June 4th, 2017 <div class="body"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sexism continues to pervade the art world; male artists still garner the highest prices for their work and are disproportionately represented in exhibitions. In a challenge to the boys&rsquo; club sensibility that has historically shaped abstract painting, the eight female painters featured in the exhibition, which is named after the feminist hardcore punk movement that began in the 1990s, achieve mastery, innovation, and chutzpah in their brash and exciting paintings&mdash;without seeking external validation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In an effort to counteract inequality in the art world, the MCA consciously collects important work being made today regardless of its perceived value on the market. <em>Riot Grrrls</em> presents pioneering painters Mary Heilmann, Charline von Heyl, Judy Ledgerwood, and Joyce Pensato, as well as a younger generation of artists, including Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Amy Feldman.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls</em> is part of an ongoing exhibition series featuring iconic works from the MCA's collection. This exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is presented in the Carol and Douglas Cohen Gallery and Stone Family Gallery, Ellen Stone Belic and Dr. Nenad Belic, Cynthia and Richard Raskin, Carole David Stone and James H. Stone on the museum&rsquo;s fourth floor.</p> </div> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:14:24 +0000