Posts Tagged ‘The Seen’

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Some myths are absorbed through tradition, and others are ascertained by feeling through how to describe the structures and subjects of our times. The tactic of mythology, as a form to describe broader experience, acts as a primer for many of the pieces included in Issue 07 of THE SEEN, whose newly commissioned texts explore[…]

Candice Lin

A HARD WHITE BODY, A POROUS SLIP // LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS By Jameson Paige Candice Lin thinks through some of the most troubling scars of human history. Her work approaches the entrenched legacies of colonialism, racism, sexism, etc., with an intersectional attunement that provides relatable entryways into the magnitude of these oppressive structures.[…]

Drawing the Curtain

MIKA HORIBUCHI // ISSUE 07 SPECIAL EDITION Selected by the Editors I. CURTAINS A Painting Duel: in the 4th century, BCE, at the top of an unnamed Grecian mountain, two of the most famous painters in the village, Zeuxis and Parrhasios, were summoned to a contest. The light was at noon; the sun shone directly[…]

ISSUE 06 NOW LIVE

Under the Cover THE SEEN Issue 06 in print is now live online. Featuring Brendan Fernandes on the cover to align with his recent exhibition, The Master and Form, at the Graham Foundation, the full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 10,000 count run available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago, as well as select national and[…]

AN EVENING, CHAPTER 32

R.H. QUAYTMAN // SECESSION by Ezara Spangl >click here to download pdf In R. H. Quaytman’s exhibition at the Secession, the artist—whose 2011 publication Spine requested that no pronouns be used in reference to the artist—has once again staged what Quaytman calls a ‘chapter.’ The chapter functions to explore, explain, and elevate the artist’s self-reflective lyrical[…]

ISSUE 06 // ANNOUNCING PREVIEW TITLES

                              Under the Cover THE SEEN announces the Spring / Summer preview titles launching Issue 06 in print this April 2018, featuring Brendan Fernandes on the cover to align with his recent exhibition, The Master and Form, at the Graham Foundation. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 9,000[…]

SCAFFALI // MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO AT LUHRING AUGUSTINE

THE LABORER AND THE ONLOOKER INSIDE by Paige Landesberg When we stand in front of a mirror, we expect to see ourselves and our environment unobstructed in the reflection. In Scaffali, the recent exhibition by Michelangelo Pistoletto on view at Luhring Augustine, we look in the mirror and find ourselves captive in a scene that[…]

WORDS WITHOUT THOUGHTS NEVER TO HEAVEN GO // ALMINE RECH

by Paige Landesberg The presence of text in artwork challenges the set of definitions that we have for words in favor of image. Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go, recently on view at Almine Rech in New York, the exhibition depicts a history of words used in artwork, from early modernism through to contemporary.[…]

MARTIN PURYEAR // PARASOL UNIT, LONDON, UK

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Martin Puryear’s (b.1941) first solo show in a public institution in London embraces a survey of almost four decades of artistic production. His first solo exhibition, which took place in 1968 at Gröna Palletten Galleri when he was studying printmaking at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, was[…]

MARYAM TAGHAVI // LAXART

REVERSING TIME, RESHUFFLING SPACE, REVAMPING US: A LOOK AT THE WORK OF LANGUAGE IN MARYAM TAGHAVI’S RECENT WORKS By Niloofar Sarlati The use of language in two of Maryam Taghavi’s recent works is bold and timely in the aftermath of the Trump Administration’s travel ban. In Reconstitution, a group exhibition at LAXART in Los Angeles, the[…]

BLUE BLACK: GLENN LIGON // PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION

click here to download PDF by Brian Prugh When Glenn Ligon visited the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, to consider doing a project, he was looking at Ellsworth Kelly’s monumental painting on aluminum, entitled Blue Black (2000), when he “heard Louis Armstrong’s gravel-strewn voice singing, ‘What did I do to be so black[…]

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

click here to download PDF by Stephanie Cristello On April 8, 2017, in Athens, my first encounter of documenta 14 was marked by the translation of Arseny Avraamov’s Symphony of Sirens (1919–1923). Installed within the upper level galleries of the EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, archival text and scores related to the composer’s[…]

ISSUE 05 // ANNOUNCING PREVIEW TITLES

Under the Cover THE SEEN announces the Fall / Winter preview titles launching Issue 05 in print this September 2017, featuring Bouchra Khalili on the cover to align with their inclusion in Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones at The Roundhouse on the DuSable Museum of African American History campus. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 9,000 count run available for distribution[…]

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE // A PASSION TO A PRINCIPLE

click here to download PDF By Bomi Odufunade A Passion To A Principle constitutes Lynette Yiadom-Boakye first institutional solo show in Switzerland. The exhibition, on view at Kunsthalle Basel, identifies many of her signature themes: a figurative painter, her luminous canvases are filled with mostly black figures notable for their unbeknownst ambiguity. She paints these[…]

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[…]

ANSLEM KIEFER // WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY

click here to download PDF By Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Anselm Kiefer’s most recent exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey in London is at once an allegory and oxymoron between fantasy and raw reality. Entitled Walhalla, after the imaginary Arcadian place in Norse mythology, the show spans the gallery’s entire space, encompassing a newly commissioned site-specific installation,[…]

A REVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE // THE RISE OF THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE

click here to download PDF By Anastasia Karpova Tinari By 1917, the Modern Industrial Age had radically transformed society. WWI and concurrent social revolutions questioned whether the advent of electricity, trains, cars, would result in the destruction or betterment of humanity. Artists throughout Europe responded with radical movements—Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Orphism, and Dada—that increasingly threatened Academic[…]

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[…]

DIANE SIMPSON // HOUSE IMAGES

click here to download PDF By Susan Snodgrass In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard’s well-known meditation on the phenomenology of architecture (published in 1957), the interior space of home offers a storehouse of images and experiences by which to unleash the poetic imagination. “[B]y approaching the house images with care not to break up[…]

JIMMIE DURHAM // AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

click here to download PDF By Joel Kuennen I am a white male born in the United States.[1] My father was born in Chickasaw County, Iowa, on land stolen from the Ho-Chunk tribe.[2] The Chickasaw never lived there. In some cruel joke, the county was named after a tribe that had lived in the Southern[…]

SMOG, DRONES, STAIRCASES, AND ENERGY DRINKS // ANNE IMHOF

click to download PDF By Vanessa Gravenor Smog, drones, staircases, and energy drinks: these are the objects that dominate Frankfurt-based artist Anne Imhof’s performative installations. These inanimate articles and states are sometimes joined by falcons, horses, and bunny rabbits. Composed almost entirely of immaterial gestures, Imhof’s work exists at the intersection of contemporary dance and[…]

HOMECOMING // TANIA PÉREZ CÓRDOVA

click here to download PDF By Tara Plath While Smoke, Nearby, an exhibition of work by Mexico City-based Tania Pérez Córdova, which recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, marks the artist’s first solo appearance in the United States, the show feels like somewhat of a homecoming. This affect is perhaps common for[…]

MERCE CUNNINGHAM // COMMON TIME

click here to download PDF By Robert Chase Heishman Two dancers lay on a rich, saturated pink carpet—their duet, at first, appears as an almost imperceptible one. Through continuous, extremely gradual movements, each dancer moves from one position to the next, over the course of what is an hours-long performance piece. The presence of the[…]

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[…]