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Art Ltd Review: Kate Levant at moniquemeloche

Originally published in Art Ltd Magazine by robin dluzenJul 2013 Skin/Flaps/Graph/Scanning2013Plastic coated paper, plastic coated wire, nylon stockings, plastic laminate, charcoal32" x 60" x 10 1⁄2"Photo: courtesy of the artist and moniquemelocheIn the wake of her 2012 Whitney Biennial appearance, the Chicago-born, Amsterdam-based artist Kate Levant presented her first solo exhibition in her hometown, at monique meloche. Most works in the exhibition "Inhuman Indifference" were created on-site, and that spontaneity showed. Papers were left to lie in a haphazard pile on a narrow shel... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/21/13

Art Ltd Report: Milwaukee

Originally published in Art Ltd Magazine REPORT: Milwaukeeby robin dluzenJul 2013 Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshitoshi's 'Drowsy: the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era')2007 Iona Rozeal BrownEnamel, acrylic and paper on wooden panel52" x 38"Rubell Family Collection, MiamiOn view in "30 Americans" at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 14--Sep 8, 2013Located just about an hour north of Chicago is the small-ish Wisconsin city of Milwaukee. Milwaukee, like Chicago and dozens of other cities in the heartland, has to deflect the false and tired labels of "provincial" and "flyover" that are projecte... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/21/13

Art F City: A Day for Detroit: Hughie Lee-Smith

Originally published on Art F City Welcome to A Day for Detroit. All day long, Art F City and 21 other art blogs will be posting images from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ invaluable art collection. There are fantastic works to be found in their holdings, which, unfortunately, face the threat of being sold off to cover the city of Detroit’s debts. This would be an irreparable loss for those who’ve lived and worked in close proximity to DIA—so we thought we’d focus on them, too. For Art F City’s contribution to A Day for Detroit, we asked a robust swath of a... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/21/13

Visual Art Source Review: Daniel Bennett at Aspect Ratio

Originally published on Visual Art Source Daniel BennettAspect Ratio, Chicago, Illinois Review by Robin Dluzen Daniel Bennett, Still from ''Definitions 1,'' 2013, video, 7 min. 30 sec. Continuing through July 13, 2013 Daniel Bennett, a recent MFA graduate of the New Media department of University of Illinois-Chicago, takes a conceptually sophisticated approach to child-like fascination in his 7-and-a-half-minute video, "Dimensions 1." The piece is both a work of new media as well as a record of a performative practice, as the artist uses his body to examine the functions and limitations of the automated com... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/21/13

Art Ltd Review: Jeffrey Forsythe at Perimeter Gallery

Originally published in Art Ltd Magazine Jeffrey Forsythe: "On Social Studies" at Perimeter Galleryby robin dluzenMay 2013 Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace2013Cut paper, oil, and acrylic on panel60" x 40"Photo: courtesy Perimeter GalleryIn "On Social Studies," the latest multimedia solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Jeffrey Forsythe, the artist tackles subject matter as wide as the show's title suggests using his dual command of craftsmanship and wit. Forsythe's breadth of material expertise ranges from wood and fabric to painting, encaustic and collage, which he employs to decry a singula... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/21/13

Art Ltd Review: Melody Saraniti at Thomas Masters Gallery

Originally published in Art Ltd Magazine Melody Saraniti: "Drips+Grids" at Thomas Masters Galleryby robin dluzenMar 2013 Drag-Oh-La2012Acrylic on wood panel54" x 56"Photo: courtesy Thomas Masters GalleryChicago-based painter Melody Saraniti has a practice that contains what every abstract, modernist-leaning painter dreams of: a unique mark, though hers is a mark of individuality that's a means to a different end. From a distance--or a jpeg--Saraniti's works in "Drips+Grids" seem as though they are engaging the usual dialogue of Abstract Expressionism, though her meticulous, deliberate pict... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/16/13

Art F City Review- Intellect and Instinct: Painting the Void and Exhibit, A at the MCA

Originally published on Art F City by ROBIN DLUZEN on MARCH 15, 2013  Goshka Macuga, "The Nature of the Beast", 2009, tapestry, wooden and glass table, leather and metal chairs, bronze sculpture on wooden plinth The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has been on a roll recently. Rashid Johnson’s show “Message to Our Folks” was positively received this summer, as was their blockbuster “Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity.” The MCA is still riding this wave of these successes with two massive exhibitions that are in many ways at opposite ends of the spectrum: the c... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/16/13

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Raeleen Kao at Bert Green Fine Art

Originally published on Visual Art Source Raeleen KaoBert Green Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Raeleen Kao, ''Pretty Maids I,'' 2012, graphite on paper, 17 x 17''. Continuing through February 23, 2013  Triggered by a serious surgical procedure in her early childhood, Chicago-based artist Raeleen Kao’s graphite works and prints explore the fragility of the human body and subsequent impact that such fallibility can have on female body image. “Body Like a Barrow,” with its flawless representations of loaded imagery like nude figures, nests of hair and some siniste... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Goshka Macuga at MCA

Originally published on Visual Art Source Goshka MacugaMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Goshka Macuga, ''The Nature of the Beast,'' 2009, installation.   Continuing through April 7, 2013 In “Exhibit, A,” London-based, Polish-born artist Goshka Macuga’s first survey, the artist identifies poignant, overlooked or forgotten events and figures from world and art history, repurposing them into her monumental installations. These historical references are not always easily recognizable, a challenge that encourages the viewer to also become a researc... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Robert Burnier at Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Originally published on Visual Art Source Robert BurnierAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Robert Burnier, ''Graft,'' 2012, primer on aluminum, 19 3/4 x 17''. Continuing through March 30, 2013   There is an initial delight when discovering that the matte, wall-bound sculptures of Chicago-based artist Robert Burnier are not the artfully crumpled masses of paper they appear to be. In “The Horseless Carriage,” Burnier’s painted aluminum pieces are a marriage of this material illusion with the slight, but still very human hand of the artist. Though Burn... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Peter Karklins at Packer Schopf gallery

Originally published on Visual Art Source Peter KarklinsPacker Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Peter Karklins, ''4.1.00,'' 2000, graphite on paper, 5 x 3''. Continuing through March 30, 2013 Though the compositions of Chicago-based artist Peter Karklins’ miniature-sized drawings are determined by the dimensions of a pocket notebook page, they’re by no means mere sketches. The fulsome, overworked surfaces have wrinkled under the constant, compulsive pressure of the graphite that has wrought Karklins’ obsessively repeated imagery. Masses of slithering, genital-... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Art F City Report: Opening Weekend, Chicago; What Happens When The Weather Cooperates

Originally published in Art F City by ROBIN DLUZEN on JANUARY 18, 2013 Sonja Hinrichsen, The Three Gorges, 3rd Edition, 2011. Image via: DePaul Art Museum Last Thursday, the DePaul Art Museum unveiled its environmentally-conscious exhibition, “Climate of Uncertainty”, a glorious coincidence for the unseasonably warm opening gallery weekend in Chicago. At 56 degrees in the middle of January, global warming was responsible for two major components of Friday’s bustling openings: endless chattering about the temperature outside, and crowds that rivaled the masses of the September season openers.... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Visual Art Source Review: Picasso and Chicago at Art Institute of Chicago

Originally published in Visual Art Source ''Picasso and Chicago''Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Review by Robin Dluzen    Pablo Picasso. "Mother and Child," 1921. Continuing through May 12, 2013 Pablo Picasso never set foot in Chicago in his lifetime. Despite that fact, this exhibition entitled “Picasso and Chicago” appropriately showcases a connection to the city that was most crucial to the early dissemination of Picasso’s work in the U.S. Chicago is home to a monumental public sculpture by the artist erected in Daley Plaza in 1967 and was also the site of the first “non-comm... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 3/9/13

Visual Art Source Review: R. H. Quaytman at the Renaissance Society

Originally published in Visual Art Source R.H. QuaytmanThe Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Review by Robin Dluzen  Continuing through February 17, 2013 R. H. Quaytman’s current exhibition, “Passing Through The Opposite of What it Approaches, Chapter 25,” is on display in a particularly idyllic-looking part of town and an evocatively nostalgic venue. Complete with collegiate, ivy-covered stone buildings, this cloistered section of the University of Chicago campus is clearly full of history, which is perfect for Quaytman’s research-based practice. Hers is... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 1/26/13

Visual Art Source Recommendation: James Krone at Kavi Gupta

Originally published in Visual Art Source James KroneKavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  James Krone, ''Waterhome Dressing Screen II,'' 2012, oil on canvas and artist's frames, 82 1/4 x 163 3/4''. Continuing through February 2, 2013  A patina of splotches and stains besmirch the black and white color field paintings of “Waterhome” by Chicago-born, Berlin-based artist, James Krone. Though the oil on canvas works have a clear relationship to minimalist painting, they also reference an unusual source: an algae-filled aquarium. Inspired by the way algae continuo... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 1/14/13

Art Ltd. Review: Michelle Prazak: "Movements in Time and Space" at The Mission

Originally published in Art Ltd. Magazine by robin dluzenJan 2013 Movement #22012 Oil on canvas59" x 39"Photo: courtesy The MissionIt's astonishing to discover that the hard-edged, mathematical forms and grids of Michelle Prazak's paintings are hand-painted; looking carefully, a knowing viewer can see that there are indeed none of the telltale glops and ridges of a taped line, and the tracks of the brush's bristles barely visible. In her first US solo exhibition, "Movements in Time and Space," the Peruvian artist uses her steady hand and the fixed medium of painting to explore the impracticab... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 1/4/13

DIY Film Magazine: Report from the 24th Polish Film Festival in America

Originially published on DIY Film Magazine Robin Dluzen Scene from Mitja Okorn’s “Letters to Santa” Chicago is home to over a million people who claim Polish ancestry, one of the reasons, perhaps, why the Polish Film Festival in America is now in its 24th year. A non-profit venture sponsored by Polish businesses and government bodies as well as plenty of Chicago companies, the PFFA does an excellent job in reaching the Polish-speaking population. I occasionally struggled as I navigated the festival, being one of the only non-Polish speaking festival attendees at any event. While this len... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 12/21/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Joseph D Jachna at Stephen Daiter Gallery

Originally published on Visual Art Source Joseph D. Jachna Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Joseph Jachna, ''Untitled,'' 1960, gelatin silver photograph on mount, 7 5/8 x 8''.   Continuing through February 23, 2013  Born, raised and still based in Chicago, photographer Joseph D. Jachna has been taking masterful nature and landscape photographs for half a century. Though at first the gallery sought to exhibit a retrospective of his career, the discovery of his never-before-seen 1961 thesis project and the subsequent photos he took in Door County, Wis... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 12/18/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Justin Cooper at moniquemeloche

Originally posted on Visual Art Source Justin Coopermoniquemeloche, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Continuing through December 29, 2012 New York-based artist Justin Cooper is known for slapstick-style humor in his work, though in his current exhibition, titled ”Board,” the work is not so much blatantly goofy as it is playful and lighthearted. Cooper encourages viewers to interpret the show’s one-word title through all its possible definitions and homophones, lending a subtle conceptual link amongst the works that already embody an obvious formal connection.  Using pens,... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 12/10/12

Art Fag City Review: Smallness and Sameness at Chicago's MDW Fair

Originally published on Art Fag City NOVEMBER 14, 2012 by ROBIN DLUZEN  “It’s not a fair; it’s an un-fair,” a colleague explained as I arrived at the MDW (pronounced “Midway”) Fair’s opening party last Friday. This statement certainly rang true. Frowning as I brushed drywall dust off my sleeves and pulled my foot out of a hole in the floor, MDW continually reminded me that it was analternative art fair: with no actual restrooms yet and un-primed drywall in the narrow halls, the unfinished space is perfectly fine for artist studios, but, for a crowd of fair-goers, it proves challenging and awkwa... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 12/10/12

New American Paintings Blog- MUSEUM ADMISSION: ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD ART MUSEUM

Originally published on New American Paintings Blog There are world-class museums in Michigan and in this economy, some of them have had trouble keeping their doors open. Luckily, the threat of shutterings has started to disappear, and in the case of Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, serious cash is being dropped to ensure that Michigan remains host to some of the very best in art and culture. This $45 million museum ($28 million donated by the Broads) was dedicated November 10th to an art star-studded ceremony, and the attendance since then has continued to grow. - ... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 12/4/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Luis Gispert at Rhona Hoffman

Originally published on Visual Art Source Luis GispertRhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen    Continuing through December 1, 2012  This year, it seems, New York-based artist Luis Gispert has made some changes. Known for photographs of panoramas and figures, and pseudo-functional objects referencing stereotypes, youth cultures and luxury, in “Pin Pan Pun,” the School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum retains this same content, but with an aesthetic that has been thoughtfully distilled. Here, Gispert’s photos are pared down to black and white photos of symbo... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 11/10/12

Visual Art Source Review: Steve McQueen at the Art Institute of Chicago

Originally published in Visual Art Source Steve McQueenArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Review by Robin Dluzen    Continuing through January 6, 2013 In the wake of the tumultuous September gallery season, and smack in the middle of the city’s October film festivals, the Art Institute of Chicago opens a vast exhibition of work by Cannes Caméra d'Or winning filmmaker and Turner Prize winning artist, Steve McQueen. No doubt capitalizing on the wider audience McQueen has secured through his recent, critically acclaimed, theatrically released feature films, "Hunger" (2008) and "Shame"... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 11/5/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Elisa Johns at Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery

Originally published on Visual Art Source Elisa Johnskasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, Illinois  Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Elisa Johns, ''Mount Agassiz,'' 2012, oil on canvas, 20 x 20''. Continuing through November 3, 2012 Painter Elisa Johns’ work is known for its sensuously rendered metaphors, antiquity, and examinations of the feminine. But in her current exhibition, “Palisades,” the Los Angeles-based artist lets go of the dependence on the figure for content, instead pushing forward the lush landscapes that were previously mere backdrops for her complex allusions. The... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 11/3/12

Art Ltd Review: Gregory Jacobsen at Zg Gallery

Originally published in Art Ltd Magazine Gregory Jacobsen: "Overwhelming Acrid Odor of Potential Paramour" at Zg Galleryby robin dluzenNov 2012 Sweaty Man Head2011Oil on panel 12" x 12"Photo: courtesy Zg GalleryChicago-based artist Gregory Jacobsen has been painting his grotesque portraits and slimy Bosch-like piles for over a decade--and it shows. With a predilection for the bodily and scatological, and a fascination with caricaturizing the imperfections of the human form, Jacobsen's works in his sixth solo exhibition at Zg Gallery, "Overwhelming Acrid Odor of Potential Paramour," exhibit the excesses... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 11/3/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: Cauleen Smith at threewalls

Originally published on Visual Art Source Cauleen Smiththreewalls, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Continuing through October 20, 2012 San Diego-based Cauleen Smith has spent the past two years in Chicago researching the life and work of Afrofuturist composer, Sun Ra, resulting in two exhibitions: one at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the current show, titled “The Journeyman.” While the MCA show was a fine example of a slick, new media aesthetic with Sun Ra recordings played amongst video, digital projections and a mirror maze, “The Journeyman” embodies the... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/13/12

Visual Art Source Review: Clare Rojas at Kavi Gupta

Originally published on Visual Art Source Clare RojasKavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Review by Robin Dluzen  Clare E. Rojas, ''Brown/Yellow/Red/Blue/White,'' 2012, oil on linen, 72 x 96''. Continuing through October 21, 2012 When talking about what’s in Clare Rojas’ newest paintings in “Spaces in Between,” one must first address what isn’t in them. Rojas’ previous practice, showcased throughout the “Beautiful Losers” exhibitions of the mid-2000's, was marked by tapestry-inspired patterning, folk figures and thoughtful feminism. Where there was once an emphasis on narrative content, illustrative... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/8/12

Visual Art Source Recommendation: John Opera at Andrew Rafacz

Originally published on Visual Art Source John OperaAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Recommendation by Robin Dluzen  Continuing through October 27, 2012 Chicago-based photographer John Opera has long incorporated the history of photographic image-making into his practice, and “People, Place, and Things” is no exception. Focused around cyanotype, an outmoded chemical method that results in the blue palette we now associate with blueprints, More important, the works in this show quietly challenge traditional ideas of representational media.  Whereas photography can often be charged... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 10/7/12

New City Art: EXPO Chicago Report: The Final Day and Final Word

Originally published on New City Art Photo: Pedro Velez By Robin Dluzen “There’s going to be an EXPO Chicago next year, right?” Chicago dealer Linda Warren asked Tony Karman Sunday at Festival Hall, voicing the concern that all of us are harboring. We were discussing how the fair was unfolding, Karman mentioning that he wished more collectors from the greater Midwest region would have come out and talking about the holes he’d like to fill in the future. As Karman spoke about how he was the first to arrive at the fair that morning at 9am to take in his fully realized creation before the f... [more]
Posted by Robin Dluzen on 9/25/12