Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, for all the sweet mamas out there, 2009

Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, for all the sweet mamas out there, 2009

This piece, exhibited at Gallery 400’s ‘Better to light a candle than curse the dark’ presentation at NEXT/Art Chicago, wins my award for most personally meaningful work of art encountered at the Merchandise Mart. Last Friday, I rounded a corner and saw it, and it summed up everything I had been feeling that day, that week, and every single day of my life for the past three years. I’m told women were lining up to get their picture taken next to it. So thank you for making this piece, Danielle Gustafson-Sundell. You kick ass!

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.