Jon Pestoni

Organized in conjunction with the CAA conference taking place this week/end, this constellation of four Chicago gallery shows on painting is not to be missed. The exhibitions relate to the following panel, taking place this Saturday at CAA:

On Painting
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Grand A, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Michelle Ann Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ann Craven, Yale University
Anoka Faruqee, California Institute of the Arts
Peter Halley, Yale University
Rebecca Morris, Pasadena City College
Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts
Judy Ledgerwood, Northwestern University
Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago
Scott Reeder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Molly Zuckerman Hartung, independent artist, Chicago
Susanna Coffey, independent artist, New York
Carrie Moyer, Rhode Island School of Design
Jon Pestoni, independent artist

Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Western Exhibitions, Julius Caesar and Shane Campbell Gallery will host exhibitions that feature the work of the 13 painters who comprise CAA’s Studio Art Session: Painting Panel.

From the press release:

“What’s to be done about painting?” is a perennial yet ungraspable question
that continues to spur contemplation and examination within the
contemporary art apparatus. The first sentence to the catalogue essay
accompanying the 1999 exhibition “Examining Pictures,” it is the rhetorical
response to the statement “painting is dead.” This session will investigate
the position of painting and painting practices. It will not only ask:
“what’s to be done about painting” but “how is painting valued?” How does
painting assert its authority? What is painting’s speed? Can painting enact
radical social and cultural critique? What is painting’s place within the
mainstream? How does painting implicate itself in capital?

As a means of examining these questions the artists Carrie Moyer, Ann
Craven, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Peter Halley, Thomas Lawson, Judy
Ledgerwood, Rebecca Morris, Sabina Ott, Jon Pestoni, Scott Reeder, Molly
Zuckerman Hartung and Michelle Grabner will present a 10 minute position on
painting at the panel. Each of these artists will also exhibit their work
at four Chicago galleries hosting consecutive openings on February 13,

Please also join the following galleries on the night of the opening, Saturday, February 13:

Rowley Kennerk: (7-10pm): Rebecca Morris, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Mary Heilmann, and Varda Caivano

Julius Caesar (4-7pm): Thomas Lawson, Scott Reeder, Carrie Moyer, and
Michelle Grabner

Shane Campbell Gallery (6-8pm): Ann Craven, Peter Halley, and Jon Pestoni

Western Exhibitions (7-10pm): Anoka Faruqee, Judy Ledgerwwod, Sabina Ott,
Susanna Coffey and Richard Hull.

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 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.