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Staggered Start
by Abraham Ritchie

It was a staggered start to Chicago’s fall art season this year, with galleries split between opening September 9th and September 16th, or ducking the trend all together and opening even earlier.  With some exhibitions yet to open and some already open, here is a selection to help plan one’s travels in Chicago.

Bruce Nauman, “Combinations Described (Chicago)” at Donald Young Gallery.

September 16 – October 14. Reception September 16 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Bruce Nauman is the reason I became interested in art at all, when I encountered his Good Boy Bad Boy video installation so many years ago.  His last exhibition at Donald Young was in 2005 making this a much-anticipated return, especially after receiving a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009.  Nauman’s new exhibition at Donald Young will debut a new video work and new drawings.

“bodybraingame” curated by Hudson of Feature Inc. at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

September 16 – October 22. Reception 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Hudson of Feature Inc. in New York City curates a painting exhibition at Rhona Hoffman intended to have a visceral affect on the body.  In his curator’s statement Hudson invokes the supposed death of painting in the mid-‘80s (one of the many deaths of painting), so presumably Hudson is setting out to prove it is still alive and fighting with the mind.  The selection of artists should prove productive, drawing from Feature Inc.’s roster and including artists from Chicago like Todd Chilton (seen above) and Kay Rosen.

DePaul Art Museum inaugurates new building with “Re:Chicago”

September 17 – February 2012. Panel Discussion September 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grand Opening reception 2- 5 p.m.


Nearly everyone in Chicago has ended up on the Fullerton train platform in the last six months, so nearly everyone in Chicago has witnessed the quick construction of the new DePaul Art Museum, located right next to the tracks.  DPAM, its new moniker, is starting its new space with “Re: Chicago” an exhibition that asked forty-one local art historians, curators and critics to nominate a single Chicago artist who is famous, who should be famous, or who used to be famous—a clear nod to Don Baum’s landmark 1969 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, “Don Baum Sez ‘Chicago Needs Famous Artists’” an exhibition key to launching the artists now broadly known as the Chicago Imagists.

“Fall Design and Art Series” curated by Hinge Gallery at Dock 6.

Two days only: Opening reception, September 16, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., and September 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


This event features the designers of the Dock 6 collective showing their work alongside contemporary artists, this year curated by Hinge Gallery.  In an exhibition that promises to activate Dock 6’s cavernous 24,000 square foot workshop space the artists will all created site-specific installations.  Collaboration with Chicago’s active design community is becoming more widespread and exhibitions like this, well-received last year, show why.

Zak Prekop at Shane Campell, Oak Park.

September 18 – October 23. Reception September 18, 2 – 4 p.m.

 Untitled,ZAK PREKOP

Shane Campbell’s two gallery locations means he covered the two big opening weekends, both with shows from Zak Prekop.  Prekop’s formalist geometries collide with gesturalist mark-making in highly satisfying paintings. Please note that Shane Campbell’s Oak Park location is by appointment, but his gallery on North Milwaukee Avenue has regular public hours.

-Abraham Ritchie, Editor for ArtSlant Chicago

Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 9/12/11

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