Top 5 Weekend Picks!

April 15, 2010 · Print This Article

Ahoy everyone! It’s that time again, the weekend is almost here. In the relentless march toward Art Chicago, there are another slew of TTF (through the fair) shows opening this weekend, primarily concentrated in River North. This weekend I also have work in VideoStore7.375x4x1 at The Op Shop in Hyde Park, which, by the way, has one of the creepiest basements in the entire world. But none of that is on the Top 5. Here’s what is…

1. Hagia Sophia at Spoke

Go and hang out inside a miniature model of the Hagia Sophia. Just think of it as your “safe place.” Hagia Sophia (the model at Spoke, not the Basilica in Istanbul) was created by Gwendolyn Zabicki. This is the closing reception, and your last chance!

Spoke is located at 119 N. Peoria. Closing reception is Saturday from 6-9pm.

2. The Last Unicorn Art Show at The Tattoo Factory

Ok, so, I haven’t seen any images from the show, but how can I not pick this? An entire show that exists solely as a tribute to the Last Unicorn? So awesome. Watch out for the Red Bull, and stay away from the sea shore, if you know what I mean.

The Tattoo Factory is located at 4441 N. Broadway. Reception is Friday from 7-11pm.

3. Printervention: Printing for the Public at The Chicago Tourism Center

Version Fest is back my friends. This yearly art-stravagaza organized by Co-Prosperity Sphere will be popping up all over in the next couple weeks. Head on down and check out this WPA-inspired print event.

The Chicago Tourism Center is located at 72 E. Randolph St. Reception is Friday from 5-7pm.

4. Night Painting 1995-2010 at Peregrineprogram

Paintings by Susanna Coffey that aren’t self portraits? That’s right. Stop on by Edmund’s place, but be sure to write down the number (#727), it can be a little are to find, as the building is HUGE.

Peregrineprogram is located at 500 W. Cermak Rd., #727. Reception is Friday from 6-9pm.

5. In a Paperweight & Home for Hobo Too at Tony Wight Gallery

If you haven’t already been to Tony’s new place, here is another opportunity with a star line-up: Walead Beshty, Sebastiaan Bremer, Daniel Gordon, Tamar Halpern, Barbara Kasten, Sara VanDerBeek, and James Welling in In a Paperweight. In the South Gallery: Home for Hobo Too, work by Allison Schulnik.

Tony Wight Gallery is located at 845 W. Washington Blvd. Reception is Friday from 5-8pm.




The Last of NEXT

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Or my posts on it, anyway. A few more passing images from the second day I spent at NEXT….I apologize for not linking directly to any artists or galleries here–I’m having trouble getting the WordPress desktop to align images and text properly and I can’t figure out a way to insert links into captions at the moment.

Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

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Blunt Collective, Toronto

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Harold Arts/Heaven Gallery, Chicago.

Valerie Blass at Parisian Laundry, Montreal

Valerie Blass at Parisian Laundry, Montreal

The West Collection Exhibition at NEXT

The West Collection Exhibition at NEXT

Marc Seguin at Charest Weinberg Gallery, Miami

Marc Seguin at Charest Weinberg Gallery, Key West, FL

Marc Seguin, I Hate Abstract Painting, freehand charcoal, Charest Weinberg Gallery, Miami

Marc Seguin, Charest Weinberg Gallery, Key West, FL

Carol Jackson at Gallery 400/NEXT

Carol Jackson at Gallery 400/NEXT

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Jeff Carter's Catalog (Rug), 2009 at Kavi Gupta Gallery.

The free ice cream tanker, which never seemed to have any ice cream when I was around

The free ice cream tanker, which never seemed to have any ice cream when I was around

John Sparagana at CTRL Houston.

John Sparagana at CTRL Houston.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung at Postmasters Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung at Postmasters Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung, In God We Trust, 2009, at Postmasters Gallery, NY

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung, In God We Trust, 2009, at Postmasters Gallery, NY

Kelly Johnson at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Kelly Johnson at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Rebecca Menendez at Espacio Liquida

Rebecca Menendez at Espacio Liquido, Spain

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Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, 2008 (silicone and foam), at Carrie Secrist.




Goffo at NEXT

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Imperfect Articles at Goffo/NEXT

Imperfect Articles at Goffo/NEXT

Goffo, the show of prints, multiples, artist’s books and editions at NEXT, was terrific. Lots of affordable art, presesented in a casual, laid-back, communal atmosphere. My favorite part of the Fair.

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Goffo at NEXT

Goffo at NEXT

Goffo at NEXT

Goffo at NEXT




I went to NEXT and all I got was this

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

oh-so-soft t-shirt, by artist Erin Allen at Maniac Gallery. Seriously, the thing is super-soft, I’m not usually a t-shirt wearer but I love this and it fits me perfectly and I haven’t wanted to take it off since I bought it. Which could spell trouble for me at my kid’s school picnic, but I’ll deal with those issues later.

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Art Chicago Wrapup: Special Exhibitions Edition

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Today I’ll be posting some images and brief commentary on this past weekend’s Artropolis/Art Chicago/NEXT fairs. There was a lot to see and unfortunately I couldn’t adequately document it all, so consider these posts in terms of what they’re meant to be:  snapshot images of work that intrigued me, some of which has stayed with me long enough to want to find out more about the artist in the future. In a number of instances the pictures I took were poorly lit or otherwise crappy, and it would have been a disservice to the artist to post them,  so take this as a partial and anecdotal summation, not as some sort of Top 10 -type list which I pretty much detest anyway.
All of the Special Exhibitions were very well done, although I think calling out certain works in the booths as part of the Fair’s so-called “Salute to Realism” was a bit strange. As I mentioned in a previous post, I personally liked Lynn Warren’s Hairy Who presentations the best, but I learned something from every exhibition on view and in general thought they all worked pretty well in an art fair context. There was a lot to see, and my picture-taking skills are at level zero, but here’s what I was able to capture while on the 12th floor.
New Insight (I think this was actually at NEXT, on the 7th floor, but whatever): This was an exhibition of  MFA students from some of the country’s top graduate art programs, curated by Renaissance Society director Susanne Ghez. The pool of art schools included Cal Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Cranbrook, Hunter, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, UCLA, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana, and Yale. Some interesting work here; ironically I never got a photo of Jesse Mclean’s 6 min. video of reality show losers “Somewhere Only We Know,” although I think it was probably the best work in that show.
Ryan Sluggett (UCLA), Untitled 2008, acrylic, solvent transfer on canvas.

Ryan Sluggett (UCLA), Untitled 2008, acrylic, solvent transfer on canvas.

Nery Gabriel Lemus (California Institute of Art), Praxis within the politicization of my formative years, 2009, installation shot.

Nery Gabriel Lemus (California Institute of Art), Praxis within the politicization of my formative years, 2009, installation shot.

Im Schafer, (Cranbrook), Area Codes, 2008, slipcast ceramics, automotive paint, chrome, neoprene, wood

Im Schafer, (Cranbrook), Area Codes, 2008, slipcast ceramics, automotive paint, chrome, neoprene, wood.

Kristof Wickman (Hunter College), Untitled, 2008, laminate, mixed media.

Kristof Wickman (Hunter College), Untitled, 2008, laminate, mixed media.

Kristof Wickman (Hunter College), Untitled, 2008, laminate, mixed media.

Kristof Wickman (Hunter College), Untitled, 2008, laminate, mixed media.

Society for Contemporary Art’s Acquisition Selection for 2009
Members of the Society for Contemporary Art of Chicago met last Sunday to choose from works by Paul Chan, Rebecca Morris, Nancy Spero, Matt Mullican, and Martin Barre. Apologies, but I could not get a half-way decent shot of Barre’s “76-77-C,” oil on canvas painting, nor could I find an image of it online.
Matt Mullican, Untitled (Before Birth), Untitled (Death), Untitled (Sign), Untitled (Heaven), 1980, sign paint on paper. A Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Selection

Matt Mullican, Untitled (Before Birth), Untitled (Death), Untitled (Sign), Untitled (Heaven), 1980, sign paint on paper. A Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Selection.

Paul Chan, a Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Selection

Paul Chan, 6th Light, from the series 7 Lights, 2007, digital video projection. A Society for Contemporary Art Acquisition Selection.

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#15-07), 2007, a Society for Contemporary Art Acquisitions Selection

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#15-07), 2007, oil on canvas. A Society for Contemporary Art Acquisitions Selection.

Nancy Spero, Woman Breathing, 1978, hand print on paper, a Society for Contemporary Art acquisitions selection

Nancy Spero, Woman Breathing, 1978, hand print on paper. A Society for Contemporary Art acquisitions selection.

Partisan: Another special exhibition was the Mary Jane Jacob-curated Partisan, a group show of work selected from galleries exhibiting at Art Chicago “dedicated to the artistic exploration of social and political ideas.” You know, take what you will from a show of political art at an art fair. It’s a brave thing to attempt and I respect the effort, I’m just not sure how much attention viewers are willing to pay to a show like this one when there’s so much distraction surrounding them.
Partisan at Art Chicago

Partisan at Art Chicago.

Peter Drake, Horn, 2008, acrylic on canvas, at Partisan/Art Chicago.

Peter Drake, Horn, 2008, acrylic on canvas, at Partisan/Art Chicago. (Photo from Linda Warren Gallery)

Partisan at Art Chicago

Partisan at Art Chicago.

Dinh Q. Le, Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees (two men), at Partisan/Art Chicago

Dinh Q. Le, Untitled from the Hill of Poisonous Trees (two men), at Partisan/Art Chicago. Photo from Artnet; PPOW Gallery.

Dinh Q. Le at Partisan / Art Chicago

Dinh Q. Le at Partisan / Art Chicago.

Tania Bruguera, San Titulo (Habana, 2000), 2006, lambda print

Tania Bruguera, San Titulo (Habana, 2000), 2006, lambda print, at Partisan/Art Chicago.