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The Arts Club of Chicago will open the exhibition Figures and Grounds: Approaches to Abstraction \, curated by Anne Rorimer. The exhibition features works by four contempor ary artists: Stephanie Bernheim\, Lawrence Kenny\, Renée Petropoulos\, and Linda Stillman. Each of these artists exhibits a unique approach to abstrac tion\, presenting fresh articulations of visual form and color in the wake of Abstract Expressionism\, Minimalism\, and Pop Art. Their work examines t he meaning and potential of abstraction in the contemporary art world.

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Stephanie Bernheim studied with Milton Re snick at New York University. Most recently\, she has turned her interest i n abstraction toward the exploration of digital photographs\, combined with an overlay of color and line “drawing” using a touchscreen mobile device. Exhibited at New York’s A.I.R. Gallery in 2011\, these large-scale photogra phs\, a selection of which will be displayed as part of Figures and Gro unds\, consider the application of technology in the creation of abstr act “painting.”

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Lawrence Kenny studie d architecture with Myron Goldsmith and Fazlur Khan at the Illinois Institu te of Technology\, Chicago\, and was a practicing architect for many years. He lives in New York\, where he works in a range of mediums. For Kenny\, a bstraction serves as a means for discovering the visual possibility within boundaries defined by logical yet open-ended systems. In addition to displa ying a number of his two-dimensional works\, Figures and Grounds w ill feature his large-scale sculpture 9x9x9 (2007–2010/2012)\, whi ch deals with geometry\, line\, and space.

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Renée Petropoulos lives in Los Angeles\, CA\, where she is represente d by the Rosamund Felsen Gallery and teaches at the Otis Art Institute. Figures and Grounds will include her Homage series of painti ngs\, which involves the interweaving of color systems derived from the fla gs of nation-states\, accompanied by a sound track heard through ear phones . The pairings displayed in this exhibition will include From Iraq to K orea (2008–2009) and From Switzerland to Vatican City (2012). The series examines the possibility of fusing subject matter with abstract ion.

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Linda Stillman\, based in New Yo rk City\, began her career as a graphic designer. She initiated her Dai ly Paintings series in August 2005 and continues the project indefinit ely\, painting one small panel every day. The Daily Paintings depi ct a section of sky\, as framed by the rectangular boundaries of a window p ane in Stillman’s upstate New York studio. The outline of the windowpane pr ovides a mental template for painting each day’s panel\, no matter where sh e is. Figures and Grounds will display two years of the Daily Paintings: those from 2008 and 2009.

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Anne Rorimer is an independent scholar specializing in Conceptual art. Formerly\, she was a curator at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has publ ished widely in art journals and museum exhibition catalogues\, and has tau ght at Northwestern University\, University of Chicago\, and University of Illinois\, Chicago. She was co-curator of Reconsidering the Object of A rt: 1965-1975\, organized in 1995 by The Museum of Contemporary Art\,  Los Angeles. She is the author of New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefinin g Reality (Thames and Hudson\, Ltd.\, London: 2001 [hardcover]\; 2004 [paperback]).

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DTEND:20120523 DTSTAMP:20141228T211133 DTSTART:20120308 GEO:41.893137;-87.622414 LOCATION:The Arts Club of Chicago\,201 E. Ontario St. \nChicago\, IL 60611 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Figures and Grounds: Approaches to Abstraction\, Stephanie Bernheim \, Lawrence Kenny\, Renée Petropoulos\, Linda Stillman UID:203032 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR