Posts Tagged ‘Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’

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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 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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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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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[…]

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SIMON STARLING // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi Simon Starling contends with the very idea of transportation as his subject. Undertaking poetic expeditions that highlight specific global exchanges, the British-born neo-conceptual artist works across multiple disciplines—drawing from extensive research to construct meaning. In Flaga, a red and white Fiat 126 hangs on the wall like a painting. The car—a symbol[…]

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UNBOUND // MCA CHICAGO

by Hiba Ali Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo hails Frida’s role as a harbinger of art and politics of the present. Her practice is encapsulated through current cultural politics and the performativity of gender – depictions of the body in this exhibition could be seen as acted upon by politics, and the industrial practices[…]

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WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi William J. O’Brien’s first survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago displays an evolved style of intuitive art making, while maintaining a deliberate attitude of effortlessness. From crude pencil drawings, to tediously appliqued fiber creations and overworked mixed media sculptures – utilizing an exceptional variety of medium and style –[…]