Art Seen: Chicago

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MICHAEL RAKOWITZ // GRAHAM FOUNDATION & RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

by Hiba Ali The history of modernism is wrapped within it a city’s architecture and communities. Buildings not only reflect the trends in vogue, but also taste—the concept of ‘social capital’ coined by Pierre Bourdieu—used to describe a historicized socio-political class construction, coded with value.[i] These ongoing imprints are reflected in Louis Sullivan’s architectural language,[…]

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THE PROPELLER GROUP // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

by Patrick G. Putze The Propeller Group (TPG), currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is an uncommon breed of exhibition, invoking critical thought and the infrequently felt elation that is rarely found in contemporary art. The collaborative of artists—working between Ho Chi Mihn City and Los Angeles—is made up of Matt[…]

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ABOVE, BEFORE & AFTER // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

By Brandon Sward You may not know it yet, but you are at the center of Above, Before & After at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition borrows its name from three of the six prepositions within Bruce Nauman’s series Elliott’s Stones (1989), which resides just outside the exhibition space. Resembling gravestone rubbings,[…]

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MUDROOM // THE MISSION

by Hiba Ali In a dimly lit gallery space of THE MISSION, Austen Brown’s MUDROOM (2016) features three television screens hoisted on black poles with looping videos. The videos review the process of shale procurement, an extraction of the mud-based sedimentary rock, and the industry’s aftermath in North Dakota’s Bakken region. The Bakken shale formation stretches from[…]

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KATHRYN ANDREWS // MENACE IN THE DETAILS

By Natalie Hegert download printable pdf The western sky burned orange like a hot ember, searing the sharp silhouettes of palm trees onto my retinas as I guided my car over the onramp of the 5 freeway, headed north to Highland Park. Speeding up to slow down, red brake lights sparked on and off ahead[…]

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COLLECTOR’S CORNER // HELYN GOLDENBERG

By Katy Donoghue download printable pdf Art is the first thing you will see when walking in to Helyn Goldenberg’s apartment on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. In the entryway alone is a set of Ai Weiwei Ming Dynasty pots, their bright colors aligned side by side, on what would typically be a mundane mail table[…]

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PLURAL POP // TATE MODERN, WALKER ART CENTER, MCA CHICAGO

By Stephanie Cristello download printable pdf You know the cover by heart. The colors of their suits unfold from left to right in the only way they could; bright yellow, piercing pink, neon blue, to tangerine crimson—a picture perfect display of regalia, their names spelled out in flowers. The surrounding crowd, collaged and tightly pressed[…]

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KERRY JAMES MARSHALL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Caroline Picard download printable pdf “We are not, as we sometimes like to imagine, independent thinkers with our own unique & groovy style of cognition: we have in fact inherited a narrow repertoire of prefab concepts, and we find ourselves thinking as thinking things on highly ramified architectonics of ideas, and along deeply grooved paths of[…]

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Issue 02 | Launch Party

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NEXO/NEXUS | DEPAUL ART MUSEUM

by Hiba Ali For people of color, the existence of communities is framed within the Western political framework as perpetually “new” — as though to presuppose a previously absent history. Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest, currently on view at the DePaul Art Museum, contravenes and corrects this narrow socio-political assessment. The works featureed[…]

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ANDREW HOLMQUIST // CARRIE SECRIST

by Caroline Picard Chicago-based painter Andrew Holmquist thinks and works through multiple mediums to reflect—not only on the act of painting and its central position in his practice, but also the (primarily male) body moving through space. His latest exhibition, Stage Left, includes 26 new works ranging from paintings on canvas, ceramic collaborations, a collaborative fashion[…]

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CHRISTOPHER MEERDO // DOCUMENT

by Vanessa Gravenor A group of screens lie upon a gray industrial floor, entangled within one another like roots in a rhizomatic structure. Each of the screens project different images of alternate digital worlds. Is this digital culture showing its inherent networked structure? A flat first inquiry. On the walls, one sees other screens deconstructed[…]

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CARLOS BUNGA // STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK

by Anastasia Karpova Tinari In Carlos Bunga’s Under the Skin, a colonnade of cardboard scaffolding fills and divides the high vaulted interior architecture of Theaster Gates’ newly-renovated Stony Island Arts Bank building. The Spain-based artist uses humble materials like cardboard and tape to create architectonic installations, in which the construction and deconstruction of the work[…]

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ASSISTED // KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

by Stephanie Cristello Curated by and including work of artist Jessica Stockholder, whose exhibition Door Hinges is concurrently on view in the lower galleries of Kavi Gupta’s Elizabeth Street location, ASSISTED features sixteen artists, and could easily be a visual essay on form and object-hood. Here, the group exhibition format is approached as a work in and of itself,[…]

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PROFILE OF THE COLLECTORS // NANCY & DAVID FREJ

By Stephanie Cristello In his 1958 text The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard makes the argument that one can “read a house” or “read a room.”[1] For him, a house was an amalgamation of a thousand images — though his proposition was not entirely visual. This “reading” was not limited to visual language (ie. the[…]

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CHARLES RAY // SCUPTURE, 1997–2014

by Terry R. Myers download the printable PDF from Issue 01 No artist of his generation takes up space like Charles Ray, even when he sticks to a single sculpture in a room. Like many of the most important sculptors before him, size, scale and space have been core concerns of his since the late[…]

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AFTERWORD VIA FANTASIA // THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE

by Stephanie Cristello download the printable PDF from Issue 01 Admirable and amazing are all things of which we do not know the causes.¹ –Francesco de’Vieri, 1586 On July 9, 1975, artist Bas Jan Ader sailed out of the harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to perform In search of the miraculous. He never did return.[…]

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IRENA HAIDUK // SEDUCTIVE EXACTING REALISM

by Natalie Hegert download printable PDF from Issue 01 Waiting is important for this work. Please, have a seat. Make yourself comfortable. While you wait I will tell you a story. Two old sisters who lived in a small house by the sea looked out over the calm waves one day and saw a ship[…]

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HARDCORE ARCHITECTURE

By Thea Liberty Nichols Hardcore Architecture, organized by Marc Fischer of the collaborative Public Collectors, demystifies the punk rock rite of passage of stuffing money and stamps in an envelope and hoping for the best. In an ongoing project begun in 2014, Fischer has been combing through Maximum RocknRoll (MRR) back issues from 1982–89, looking for[…]

THE SEEN Issue 01

Announcing Issue 01: This September

  We’re going to print. After 21 successful online monthly issues, THE SEEN is launching Issue 01 in print this September. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 5,000 count run. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth writing on contemporary art, as well as[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // KEIICHI TANAAMI

By Anastasia Karpova Tinari Renowned Japanese designer, illustrator, video, and Pop artist Keiichi Tanaami influenced succeeding generations of interdisciplinary workers, yet his work is still gaining widespread recognition in the United States. A Corbett vs. Dempsey exhibition which closed in June, his third showing and first full-scale exhibition in the Chicago gallery, featured intimately scaled, chock-full collages[…]

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S, M, L, XL // MCA CHICAGO

by S. Nicole Lane Sculpture in relation to the establishment—the blank space, the rectangular confines of the gallery, and the pedestal—have been challenged over the last five decades by artists whose interests lie increasingly in the physical interaction and phenomenology of objects in space. S,M,L,XL, curated by Michael Darling and currently on view at the Museum[…]

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DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO // DIA

by Robin Dluzen With black-and-white photos of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo side-by-side in studio attire or lip-locked in an intimate embrace, the marketing for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts would have one believing that the artists’ romance is at the center of the exhibition. The mainstream[…]

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DORIS SALCEDO // MCA CHICAGO

by Giovanni Aloi  Under the Skin Silence—this is the overpowering impression that haunts viewers walking through the galleries of Columbian-born artist Doris Salcedo’s work, which just recently closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Salcedo’s sculptures reverberate like the calm after the storm—they stand like ruins—memories of events and people that have tragically[…]