Art Seen: Chicago

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Storytelling Series: Daniel G. Baird and Stephanie Cristello

Artist Talk Sunday, November 19 | 2:00pm Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Drawing Room Library Fresh off his installation in the EXPO CHICAGO exhibition Singing Stones, organized by Palais de Tokyo and hosted at the DuSable Museum’s Roundhouse in Hyde Park, Daniel G. Baird joins us at Chicago Athletic Association hotel on November 19 for a live Storytelling[…]

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Chicago Art Book Fair

Visit Us Chicago Athletic Association 12 S. Michigan Ave. THE SEEN is pleased to participate in the inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair November 16–19, 2017 at the Chicago Athletic Association. Issue 05 in print will be available, as well as past editions Issue 01–04. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth[…]

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POTENTIAL METAMORPHOSIS: HELENA ALMEIDA // ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

click here to download PDF by Ruslana Lichtzier Helena Almeida, a Lisbon native, has been one of the leading figures of the Portuguese art scene since the late 1960s. She represented her country twice in the Venice Biennale and has exhibited globally, and yet her current exhibition, Work is never finished on view at the[…]

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BEYOND BUILDINGS // CHICAGO ARCHIECTURE BIENNIAL

click here to download PDF by Kate Pollasch As it embarks on its second international forum, the Chicago Architecture Biennial opens this fall. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee, the Biennial boasts a citywide exhibition and programing engagement plan that brings the proverbial architecture world[…]

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ARRIVING HERE: CANDIDA ALVAREZ // CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

click here to download PDF by Susan Snodgrass Painter Candida Alvarez is a storyteller who maps narratives of place, both the interior landscape of the self and the external world with its cacophony of colors, sounds, and images from which she endlessly samples and draws. For Alvarez, place is an intersection of disparate stories and[…]

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IN THE FOREST // DAVID HARTT

by Gabrielle Welsh Lonely sights open in the forest, a short film by David Hartt that will be unveiled in an exhibition at the Graham Foundation. An airplane flies across the otherwise silent (even though it is midday) city, construction workers work atop a roof, a pool full of water (yet empty of humans) fills[…]

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NEWS: Palais de Tokyo // Singing Stones

THE SEEN Staff Palais de Tokyo: Singing Stones September 12–October 29, 2017 FEATURING: Wilfrid Almendra, Daniel G. Baird, Floating Museum, Dorian Gaudin, Lola Gonzàlez, Bouchra Khalili, Guillaume Leblon, Florian Pugnaire, David Raffini, Andrew Schachman, Cauleen Smith, Thomas Teurlai, and Raphaël Zarka EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, with the Palais de Tokyo[…]

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TAKUMA NAKAHIRA // CIRCULATION

click here to download PDF By Ruslana Lichtzier When I first entered Circulation, a solo exhibition by the deceased Japanese artist Takuma Nakahira at the Art Institute of Chicago, my senses heightened. Something in the space felt off. The aesthetics of the exhibit did not align with typical museum standards. Small-scale black and white analog[…]

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ASTRID KLEIN & B. INGRID OLSON // PROFILE OF THE ARTISTS

click here to download PDF By Alfredo Cramerotti The conversation between writer Alfredo Cramerotti and artists Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson took place during the preparation for the two-person exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in April 2017. Klein (b. 1951) lives and works in Cologne and Leipzig, and has shown[…]

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POTENT PUSSY // JUDY CHICAGO

click here to download PDF By Natalie Hegert “It would be ridiculous to say that there’s been no change,” Judy Chicago intones with we’ve-been-through-this-before fatigue, “…but you know I can still open an art magazine and see all male shows. I don’t fucking believe it.” Chicago and I spoke over the phone just weeks after[…]

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ROBERT GROSVENOR // THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY

By Caroline Picard Instead of counting sheep at night, I imagine the floor plans of places I’ve lived in an attempt to match scale, function, space, and memory. Invariably I discover blind spots—an impossible void in the middle of an apartment for instance, or the ambiguous depth of a closet—the puzzle of these projected architectures[…]

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ANNA SHTEYNSHLEYGER // TRIUMPH GALLERY

In Conversation with Ruslana Lichtzier and Ryan Coffey Anna Shteynshleyger spent most of her life and in and out of institutions. One day, after a weekly therapy session, she found herself wandering through the halls of 26 Court, a downtown Brooklyn building she had often visited. That day, following the office’s doors that lined the[…]

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JEFF PROKASH // TRIUMPH GALLERY

In Conversation with Ruslana Lichtzier and Ryan Coffey   Jeff Prokash’s ongoing research project, Objects for a Production in Eleven Acts, examines the resonant nature of objects and spaces as they operate within a singular information system. With each new exhibition, the set objects—which range from FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act,[…]

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DAN DEVENING // TRIUMPH GALLERY

In conversation with Ryan Coffey and Ruslana Lichtzier Partly loose, partly calculated, Dan Devening’s works operate within a bare economic circuit, where paintings become “scavengers” (the artist’s terms). You may notice a photographic, bureaucratic remanence; an image of a wall, a lobby, a notebook, some paper schreds. Hiding, obscuring the scene, the works push your[…]

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GREG BAE // TRIUMPH GALLERY

In Conversation with Ruslana Lichtzier and Ryan Coffey In 2014, artist Greg Bae returned to the Unites States after eighteen months in South Korea. His homecoming germinated a fixation on his last days there. In a closed circuit, his mind rebounded to the final memories in that country. One of them was watching the 1993[…]

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CHICAGO ART CRITICS FORUM: SALON REVIEW

Friday, February 17, 2017 6:30 PM Panel Discussion 7:30 PM Cocktail Hour Mana Contemporary | 2233 S Throop St Chicago, IL 60608 THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO, in collaboration with Mana Contemporary, present the Chicago Art Critics Forum. In its fifth edition, Salon Review convenes a live panel of contemporary critics to discuss exhibitions currently[…]

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SADIE BENNING // SHARED EYE — INTERVIEW

In Conversation with Kate Pollasch Viewing Sadie Benning’s 2007 video work Play Pause is to be enveloped in a slow submersion of textural sounds, tactile traces, banality, and erotic intimacies that seems to unmask something indefinably true about living in Chicago. It is a work that lingers, like a shadow, coloring one’s own experiences from[…]

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BEN RIVERS // THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY

by Brandon Sward Since temperature records began in 1880, the Summer of 2016 has made its mark in history as the hottest to date. As we watch politicians lock horns over the implications, and even existence of global warming, the art world has had its own sort of reckoning with nature—evidenced by the proliferation of[…]

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ZAK PREKOP // SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY

by Matthew Girson  The paintings of Zak Prekop, most recently on view at Shane Campbell Gallery, stake an odd claim on the tradition of gestural abstraction. The bold vitality that once characterized expressionist gesture goes dry on Prekop’s brushes—its color remains, but is rendered stiff and flat. Operating at a sober distance from Capital “E”[…]

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FOUR DECADES A GALLERIST // RHONA HOFFMAN

by Katy Donoghue click to download PDF This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. The momentous occasion will be marked with consecutive thematic shows this fall and winter, in three parts—starting in mid-September and running through mid-February, 2017. The first portion of the exhibitions will focus on minimal and conceptual[…]

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DIANA THATER // THE SYMPATHETIC IMAGINATION

by Noah Hanna click here to download PDF A group of divers drop into the water; greens and blues wash over the gallery’s walls, floor, and ceiling as the camera sinks below the surface of the waves. Quick yet calculated shots project a pod of dolphins and an enamored film crew in tow. Diana Thater’s[…]

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BASIM MAGDY // THE STARS WERE ALIGNED FOR A CENTURY OF NEW BEGINNINGS

by Omar Kholeif click here to download PDF Basim Magdy was born in Assiut, Egypt, and now lives and works between Basel, Switzerland and Cairo, Egypt. Magdy’s work introduces viewers to the world through a satirical eye—his drawings, sculptures, videos, and installations are conceived with a taste for the absurd. Like dreams, elements of a[…]

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THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO // A CENTURY IN IMAGES

by Anastasia Karpova Tinari click here to download PDF The Arts Club of Chicago was founded a hundred years ago with a mission to promote Modernism, preceding like-minded institutions such as the Société Anonyme, Inc., Barnes Collection and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and was the first in Chicago to exhibit works by[…]

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GEORGE KUCHAR // ICEBERG PROJECTS

by Hiba Ali click here to download PDF Our relationships are precious. For George Kuchar, this message is prominent in Bocko, his recent exhibition at Iceberg Projects, featuring work on and inspired by his dog and lifelong companion. Known for his campy, over the top aesthetic, this exhibition reveals the softer and more intimate side[…]