Episode 124: Laura Letinsky/ Sabrina Raaf

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FIRST: Duncan and Jeff Ward talk to photographer Laura Letinsky about her work and recent exhibition at Monique Meloche.

Laura Letinsky has exhibited her color photographs in numerous venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Casino Luxembourg; The Nederlands Foto Institute; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Her series of still-life photographs, Morning, and Melancholia, has been shown at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York City, Copia, Napa Valley, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. More recent and upcoming exhibitions include Time Was Away at the Art Institute of Chicago, I did not remember I had forgotten at the Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, and Hardly More Than Ever at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society and the Shine Gallery in London. Her work is collected by LaSalle Bank Photography Collection; Yale University Art Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Letinsky received her B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1986 and her M.F.A. from Yale University 1991.

NEXT: Kathryn Born talks to sculptor Sabrina Raaf.

Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago-based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Mejan Labs (Stockholm), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), Ars Electronica (Linz), Opel Villas Foundation Art Center (Rüsselsheim), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Espace Landowski (Paris), Artbots 2005 (Dublin), San Jose Museum of Art, Kunsthaus Graz, ISEA (Helsinki), Klein Art Works (Chicago), The Lab (San Francisco) and Painted Bride Center (Philadelphia). She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 & 2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo, www.lab71.org, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The music in this week’s show is in honor of Duncan and the shady company he has been keeping.

Laura Letinsky
Sabrina Raaf
Monique Meloche
Jeff Ward
Lauren Burlant
Cindy Sherman
Angela Strassheim
Irving Penn
Guy Debord
Project Runway
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Catherine Sullivan
Tanya Bruguera
Jason Salavon
Hans Haacke
Christine Mehring
Rebecca Zorach
University of Calgary
University of Manitoba
David Salle
The Renaissance Society
Julian Schnabel
The University of Chicago
Vito Acconci
Museum of Modern Art
Michael Snow
Nam June Paik
Marcel Dzama
Royal Art Lodge
Paul Klein
Billy Kluver
Gran Fury
Institute for Applied Autonomy
Critical Art Ensemble
Eduardo Kac
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8 thoughts on “Episode 124: Laura Letinsky/ Sabrina Raaf”

  1. Ann Onymous says:

    Didn’t I see some pictures of Duncan on perezhilton.com today?

  2. Balzac says:

    Nice show. I think you all could have done more with the Sabrina Raaf section though, considering she has been frequently mentioned on the show, and Paul Klein has an almost unhealthy fixation with her work, she certainly is someone of note in the community.

  3. Tony Fitzpatrick says:

    Balz– I think of Paul as an enthusiastic supporter of Sabrina Raaf’s work — and that is as it should be — she is an amazing artist. Paul has from time to time been a punching bag on these blogs and I think that’s sad. He has been a vocal supporter of many artists in this city , Sabrina especially. There is nothing ‘unhealthy’ about supporting a deserving talent.
    I’m also an admirer of Laura Letinsky’s work — I saw a show at Monique Melloche’s a couple of years ago and was knocked out — in the best way; they reminded me of Anne Sexton’s poetry– these are both artists who make work that keeps beginning.
    Good job BAS.

  4. I agree. Both segments were intriguing. Good questions in part one too. I like the idea of a piece of a conversation about art — Raaf’s piece —, as something in addition to interviews, etc, something caught on-the-run as it were, something more purely intellectual. it was great to hear Raaf thinking something through.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Hi All,

    This is Kathryn, I agree completely. Just to explain, I feel like I’m not that good at off-the-cuff interviewing for BAS. I get so nervous that the conversation isn’t going well, that I kind of choke.

    But I was doing a bit for Chicago Public Radio (if you want to hear it, http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/CityRoom_Arts.aspx) and I was getting stuck, and wanted an expert on collaboration. I called Duncan for a recommendation and he said Sabrina. So I sat down with her, knowing we just needed a 20-30 second clip. But she’s brilliant and it came out so great (becauese I wasn’t nervous because I didn’t think of doing anything with the recording when I made it). Ironically.

    But YES, we should absolutely have Sabrina on again. To have her on, but not talk about her art, and the MASSIVE thing she’s putting up at McCormick place was like not talking about the elephant in the living room.


  6. Balzac says:

    I am most certainly not taking any sort of swing at Mr. Klein. His occasional newsletter are commitment to the community are to be applauded. I was trying to make a funny. He does reference Sabrina Raaf a whole lot. Not trying to start the proverbial shit. Hell I was suggesting that BAS interview her at length.

  7. The Shark says:

    not, to change the subject or anything,….but I guess its left up to me, The Shark, to note how hot! Ms Letinsky HOT! appears in above ^ photograph.

    now what were you saying about Klein and his obsession with Raaf?

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