Posts Tagged ‘Stephanie Cristello’

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FOREWORD // ART & LANGUAGE: A CONQUEST

By Stephanie Cristello  Download PDF In April of 2016, I was invited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts to attend the opening of the Philippe Méaille Collection at the Château de Montsoreau—a beautiful renaissance style castle installed at the convergence of two rivers, the Loire and the Vienne. The château was built on the remains of[…]

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EMERGENCY CONDITIONALS // ART & LANGUAGE

Edited by Stephanie Cristello Download PDF Texts by Stephanie Cristello, Jill Silverman van Coenegracths, ART & LANGUAGE (Mel Ramsden, Michael Baldwin), and Matthew Jesse Jackson. Designed by JNL Graphic Design. Published by EXPO CHICAGO, 2016. Limited edition publication of 250. Emergency Conditionals—first presented at the conference ‘Philosophy and Conceptual Art’ at Kings College London in June 2004 and subsequently[…]

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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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JOHN STEZAKER // THE TRUTH OF MASKS

In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello For British photographer John Stezaker, the truth happens on stage. While contained within the plane of the photograph, his sharp and precise compositions exact a world that exists just outside of the image—at once materially secular and trans-substantially sublime. For him, the conversation about the image is elsewhere; the photograph[…]

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ELIZABETH DEE // GABRIELE BEVERIDGE

by Stephanie Cristello Mystic Minimalism Gabriele Beveridge’s exhibition, Gold Diamond Park, currently on view at Elizabeth Dee, is an important aesthetic move toward redefining minimalism in the twenty-first century. Mining all the hot tropes right now, which have since broke their way into contemporary pop culture—Health Goth in particular—Beveridge creates an environment for the moment.[…]

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Laurent Grasso // Soleil Double

by Stephanie Cristello The farfetched is the closest thing to miracle. – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum A Single Sun Does Not Exist Miracles are real. Even once disproven by science, by time, by their inaccuracies and faults, the echo of their phenomena exists within the minds of those that have experienced them. Our shared history,[…]

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DOCUMENTA 14 // ATHENS 2017

by Stephanie Cristello Led by Artistic Director of documenta 14, Adam Szymczyk, it was announced yesterday that the 2017 edition of the exhibition would take place equally between its established territory and a second site: Athens, Greece. Chicago-based curators Dieter Roelstrate, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, and Monika Szewczyk,[…]

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PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // RENAUD PROCH PT II

In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello – Part II – We speak of a global network frequently with regards to the international art world. In Part I of this interview, Renaud Proch, Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI), and I spoke about how this network is now part of our consciousness. For many, the global[…]

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SARAH CHARLESWORTH: STILLS // ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

by Stephanie Cristello The first fall is hard to replicate. Since Milton’s original passage on Lucifer, cast out of heaven, falling unrestrained and without resistance for nine days—the severity of the fall in art has only gained in significance as a motif. The drama and spectacle of the fall has since been used, and reinvented,[…]

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PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // RENAUD PROCH

In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello – Part I – We speak of a global network frequently with regards to the international art world. This network is now part of our consciousness in terms of how we experience exhibitions online—documentation is available to us on various platforms, mediated by the screen. What we do not speak[…]

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MINDY ROSE SCHWARTZ // QT

by Stephanie Cristello CHICAGO, IL. What qualities make an object mysterious? It is easy to assume that the affect is a result of the unknowable, or the more auratic, outside forces of the thing at hand. But one could equally say that it is the thing itself, stripped bare of its abstract potentials, its ability[…]

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NICOLE EISENMAN // DEAR NEMESIS,

by Stephanie Cristello Open Letter to an Enemy: Nicole Eisenman (1993–2003) When Western painters in the mid-late 1800s imagined the exotic landscape of the East, it was filled with caricature and hyperbole. Style comes into question more in this genre than any other, because the paintings are topical – what you see on the surface,[…]

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WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth global coverage of exhibitions, artists, and events. An independent editorial affiliate of EXPO CHICAGO, the publication is the[…]

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THE HILLS // SOMETHING OTHER THAN

by Stephanie Cristello A Delicate Interloper CHICAGO, IL. This exhibition is experienced equally as well online as it is in person. The proliferation of digital imagery used throughout is not new, though California-based Greg Ito and Jonah Susskind do it freshly in this two-person show currently on view at The Hills Esthetic Center. This is[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // SARAH ORTMEYER

by Stephanie Cristello TENDER STRATEGY TEL AVIV, ISR. It can be said that modernism delivered two very distinct, though seemingly similar approaches to art making: the monochrome and the blank canvas[1]. The monochrome belongs to painting, while the blank canvas belongs to the readymade – to art. Thierry de Duve historicizes these lineages as belonging[…]

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MONUMENT / ANTI-MONUMENT

by Stephanie Cristello ST. LOUIS, MO. Within the context of public sculpture and installation, a friend and I often talk about the pejorative category of merit-badge art. I have since found myself applying it to almost every context and conversation surrounding public art that I am forced to think about, or address on any higher[…]

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JORDAN WOLFSON // DAVID ZWIRNER

by Stephanie Cristello “Every night I rush to my bed with hopes that maybe I’ll get a chance to see you when I close my eyes[1]” “I want to hold the hand inside you I want to take a breath that’s true[2]” You start at the edge of a long hallway, placing one foot in[…]

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MIRROR STAGE // AN INTERVIEW WITH CONOR BACKMAN

by Stephanie Cristello – Originally published on New American Paintings – We trace history in a similar way we trace source. The significance of certain symbols have a sense of time to them, which is neither part of the object, nor a prescription onto the object – but an affect of belonging, in a condensed[…]

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Paul Cowan // Parallel Processing

by Stephanie Cristello – Originally published on New American Paintings – Generosity is rarely immediately questioned when viewing an exhibition for the first time. It is often a given in the work, in many ways expected, though it is not to be underestimated. In his current exhibition on view at Shane Campbell, Parallel Processing, local[…]

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FALLING OFF THE HORIZON // PAUL SIETSEMA

by Stephanie Cristello Originally published on New American Paintings. How do we prescribe shape to flatness? For the earth, it was a ship. For painting, it was once the illusion of space opening up though the canvas into other worlds, other imaginaries. The preoccupation of rendering the dimensional out of the un-dimensional is one that[…]

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BODY PRESSURE // HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

by Stephanie Cristello “Press as much of the front surface of your body (palms in or out, left or right cheek) against the wall as possible.” The white wall. This is the familiar construct that Bruce Nauman challenges, the container of the gallery itself – the material of the space that contains us, the viewer.[…]