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Deb Sokolow

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Read the Fine Print   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Rebecca Blakley, Elijah Burgher, Simon Evans, Rachel Foster, Nicholas Frank, Cat Glennon, Joe Hardesty, Adriane Herman, Meg Hitchcock, David Leggett, Andy Moore, JOHN PAROT, Deb Sokolow, Kirsten Stoltmann, Mark Wagner, Angie Waller at Western Exhibitions July 9th, 2011 - August 13th, 2011
Posted 7/12/11
If you’ve been in a museum and seen someone sigh and move off quickly from a text-heavy or narrative-based artwork, then you probably understand the self-deprecating humor behind Western Exhibitions’ current group show, “People don’t like to read art.” Showing sixteen artists that incorporate text into their work, many of the artists seem to purposely resist the quick look common to museum visits or gallery hopping, forcing the viewer to spend some time with the work.  Some of the works... [more]
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(Do) I Want to Believe (?)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Deb Sokolow at Western Exhibitions November 19th, 2010 - December 31st, 2010
Posted 11/22/10
      Lately I’ve been wondering if the artistic taste of most people is the result of a vast conspiracy.  The mastermind would of course be modernist formalism’s architect, Clement Greenberg, aided by his inner circle that includes Michael Fried, and abetted by the art academies spread all over the world.  The conspiracy aims to homogenize taste and effectively separate the various fields of artmaking in order to push each to their death. I’ve heard that painting is already dead, though the... [more]
I remember encountering a work by Deb Sokolow that read in her characteristically humorous and self-deprecating manner: "You've been told that people don't like to read art, maybe because it's really just supposed to be about images and fields of color and that sort of thing [. . .]"  I remember strongly disagreeing with her statement after reading it. She had proved it wrong. Sokolow's work combines handwritten text, drawings and portraits with a variety of media, generally in large-scale... [more]
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Paper Weight: Local History in Paper!Awesome!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Joshua Abelow, Ky Anderson, Joe Biel, Libby Black, Michelle Blade, Ernesto Burgos, Ajit Chauhan, Todd Chilton, Creativity Explored, Chris Duncan, Vic Haven, Jason Jägel, Xylor Jane, Matt Kennedy, Mads Lynnerup, Barry McGee, Julio Morales, Danielle Mysliwiec, Tucker Nichols, Mat O'Brien, Matthew Palladino, Kottie Paloma, James Sterling Pitt, Kyle Ranson, Evelyn Reyes, Matthew Rich, Clare Rojas, Zachary Royer Scholz, Mike Shine, TM Sisters, Dean Smith, Deb Sokolow, Chris Sollars, Travis Sommerville, Paul Wackers, Lindsey White, Eric Yahnker at Eli Ridgway Gallery February 20th, 2010 - March 27th, 2010
Posted 3/16/10
        The third installment of Brian Nuda Rosch’s Paper! Awesome! show at Baer Ridgeway picks up where the previous two left off and with the same premise: limit artists to an 8 ½ by 11 paper canvas (with a notable few exceptions) and a relatively short time frame. The resulting works offer an intriguing cross-section of young and young-ish artists working with a broad range of media. Sprawling over the two level exhibition space, the install certainly has the look of diversity, ranging... [more]
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Reassessing MiddleCoast Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Design 99, Cody Critcheloe, Jeremiah Day, and Whoop Dee Doo, the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor's Compass Group, Scott Hocking, Kerry James Marshall, Greely Myatt, Marjetica Potrč, Julika Rudelius, Artur Silva, Deb Sokolow, Carnal Torpor, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago October 1st, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 10/26/09
        If “Heartland” at the Smart Museum were only another tired attempt to define “Midwestern-ness,” it would have failed before it began. Exhibitions that fall into this trap of showing “Midwestern-ness,” inevitably end up in condescending generalizations, or in forced comparisons, made to prove that “Midwesterners have culture too” which is equally condescending. Fortunately, “Heartland” is not such an exhibition. “Heartland,” is an exhibition that, for once, takes Midwestern art... [more]