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20140221025258-493_123213001391629047 "The Permanent Collection" MOCA  
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hanne Darboven, William Hemmerdinger, Jörg Immendorff, Franz Kline, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Barry Le Va, Kara Walker at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. February 8th - February 7th, 2015
Posted 7/31/14

“William Hemmerdinger is a serious modern painter building on and expanding an abstract vocabulary he began in the 1970s” -- Marlena Donohue, Los Angeles Times, 1984 “Source: Exhibition review of Untitled -- Bunraku Performer when painting appeared at Cirrus Gallery, Downtown. "William Hemmerdinger” Marlena Donohue, Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1984, Section C, p. 10. [more]

20130316131639-o REVIEW from Sixty Inches From Center: Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black in White   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Adam Brooks, Marlene Dumas, Félix González-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Glen Ligon, Raymond Pettibon, Howardena Pindell, Ad Reinhardt, Kara Walker at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 10th, 2012 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 3/16/13

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith’s latest exhibition, Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White, currently on view through April 28, is a dynamic and engaging mix of works from the MCA’s collection. Conceived from the examination of the formal, conceptual and sociopolitical ideas associated with the colors of black and white, the exhibition provides viewers with the opportunity to reflect upon their own attitudes toward and notions of these contrapositive shades.... [more]

20120228205919-x Invaluable Objects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeremy Blake, Nayland Blake, Mathew Brady, Chuck Close, Mary Ellen Mark, Kate Gilmore, Chris Johanson, Martin Kippenberger, Harmony Korine, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Catherine Opie, Andres Serrano, Roman Signer, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems at Will Brown January 27th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
Posted 2/28/12

An honest-to-god list of works of art that I have touched when no one was looking: Mary Cassatt's The BathVan Gogh's Room at ArlesandSkull with Burning CigaretteRoy Lichtenstein's Meatassorted Picassosmaybe a Rothko or twoa very old bust of Nefertiti We all have ways of giving release to our sense of anomie. As a child—young, eager, completely overwhelmed by the systems of power that sanction value among inanimate objects—I exercised a feeble sense of power by touching anything that I was to... [more]

20110416175432-00420110417 Blue Tale of Black Silhouettes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kara Walker at Lehmann Maupin April 21st, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Posted 6/19/11

Ever since her New York debut at the Drawing Center in 1994, Kara Walker has been able to successfully turn silhouettes into a provocative art form. In wall murals, paintings, drawings, mixed media installations and films, Walker, who was born in California and moved to Georgia with her family at the age of thirteen, has used the decorative craft popularized in the 18th century technique to illustrate racially charged narratives set in the antebellum and post Civil War South. In her latest exhibition at the... [more]

Dissolve-logo Was There Art Before Video?  
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Robert Breer, Paul Chan, Martha Colburn, Thomas Demand, Brent Green, George Griffin, Bill T. Jones & OpenEnded Group, Ezra Johnson, Mary Reid Kelley, William Kentridge, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Laleh Khorramian, Maria Lassnig, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Joshua Mosley, Oscar Muñoz, Jacco Olivier, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Pruitt, Christine Rebet, Lotte Reiniger, Robin Rhode, Hiraki Sawa, Berni Searle, Cindy Sherman, Federico Solmi, Dziga Vertov, Kara Walker at SITE Santa Fe June 20th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011
Posted 7/26/10

The 2010 SITE biennial opened with the press conference, curators spoke about the exhibition, using words like "quintessential," and "magical."  My expectations for the 2010 biennial grew.  Raising questions about our physical bodies in relation to the advent of technology, the curators call on historical and theatrical references while focusing on the handcraft of video.  Of course, handmade and video seem to be a contradiction in terms, especially from the viewpoint of the famed philosopher Wa... [more]

Dissolve-logo Was There Art Before Video?  
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Robert Breer, Paul Chan, Martha Colburn, Thomas Demand, Brent Green, George Griffin, Bill T. Jones & OpenEnded Group, Ezra Johnson, Mary Reid Kelley, William Kentridge, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Laleh Khorramian, Maria Lassnig, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Joshua Mosley, Oscar Muñoz, Jacco Olivier, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Pruitt, Christine Rebet, Lotte Reiniger, Robin Rhode, Hiraki Sawa, Berni Searle, Cindy Sherman, Federico Solmi, Dziga Vertov, Kara Walker at SITE Santa Fe June 20th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011
Posted 7/26/10

The 2010 SITE biennial opened with the press conference, curators spoke about the exhibition, using words like "quintessential," and "magical."  My expectations for the 2010 biennial grew.  Raising questions about our physical bodies in relation to the advent of technology, the curators call on historical and theatrical references while focusing on the handcraft of video.  Of curse, handmade and video seem to be a contradiction in terms, especially from the viewpoint of the famed philosopher Wa... [more]

Small_sylvia-_yellow_book-for_web An Intimate Journey  
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Lynne Avadenka, Matthew Barney, IAIN BAXTER&, Christian Boltanski, Campbell, Sir Anthony Caro, Vija Celmins, Ed Fraga, Susan Goethel, Jane Hammond, Chido Johnson, Dennis Michael Jones, R.B. Kitaj, David Lambert, Ronald Allen Leax, Donald Lipski, Kathleen McShane, Eric Mesko, Sabrina Nelson, Matthew Shlian, Kiki Smith, Michael E. Smith, Jill Sylvia, Stella Waitzkin, Kara Walker, Peter Williams at OUAG - Oakland University Art Gallery January 8th, 2010 - April 4th, 2010
Posted 1/20/10

In an era where our relationship with books seems to be drifting away, where most of reading has become mechanistic and a means of acquiring information and conditioned by the quickness of the ever-changing technology, the Art of the Artist Book takes us on an other-worldly journey to a place where the book is treated as a precious and aesthetic focal point for sharing intimate feelings, inspiration, dreams, social commentary and memory. The artwork in this exhibit is excitingly diverse in terms... [more]

Inst02 Thank you for being a Friend of the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kate Gilmore, James Murray, Jeroen Nelemans, Michael Phelan, Robin Rhode, Carlos Rigau, Mika Rottenberg, Kara Walker at Nice & Fit January 9th, 2009 - February 7th, 2009
Posted 2/2/09

        The premise for Kathrin Becker's 'Excuse me, are you famous?' is that art world authority lies with today's cool curators. But to uncover the real art power, Deep Throat's advice to 'Follow the Money' is still the way to go.  The taste of well-heeled collectors can also shape the art that gets shown, contemplated and created. Thankfully, there are collectors like Chicago-based Jefferson Godard, whose idiosyncratic taste and sincere emotional and intellectual investment in art is as creati... [more]

215b9nauman_life Good Boy: Nauman at the MCA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Leon Golub, Donald Judd, Sharon Lockheart, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 10th, 2008 - March 3rd, 2009
Posted 9/1/08

As Madeleine Grynsztejn takes over as Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), their ongoing exhibition series "Artists in Depth," perhaps signals the new course that the museum is taking. After showing a "greatest hits" exhibit ("Highlights from the Permanent Collection") this series thoughtfully examines the work of several major artists that the museum has large collections of. This allows the variety of an artist's output to be displayed, so that one gets a sense of the art... [more]

C-puppet3001x Puppets!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08

Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, The Puppet Show, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that i... [more]

Kw-freedomfighters1-2005b Profiles in Black and White   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins & Co October 20th, 2007 - November 21st, 2007
Posted 10/28/07

The newest work of Kara Walker pulls no punches, and elegantly. I stepped into her solo show at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery intrigued by the graphic strength and sophistication of her papercuts. Genre scenes, at first glance...Quaint, I mused-- romantic. And then I strolled past a few more pictures and realized that the figures were not characters so much as caricatures. Silhouettes of distinctively black faces. They were portraits of violence. Disturbed, I stepped closer and began to read titles off the wall such as: Bureau of... [more]

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