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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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ANONYMOUS STATELESS IMMIGRANTS COLLECTIVE

By Vanessa Gravenor It’s about a society in free fall… —La Haine The quote from the first passage in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is often cited and referenced. A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of the French revolution from the point of view from the oppressed and the peasants—describing the[…]

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VIRGINIA COLWELL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Alexis Brocchi Virginia Colwell lives and works in Mexico City—her work examines the space between official and unofficial histories, and the poetic ambiguities of truth and fiction in historical narratives. Often she begins her artworks with stories found in her deceased father’s FBI archive, which contains materials that he collected during his career as an agent.[…]

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CARLOS ROLÓN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETRIOT

by Sarah Rose Sharp In some respects, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2010), permanently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, is the perfect staging context for Carlos Rolón’s, known by the moniker Dzine, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories (2016). A site-specific reprisal of a theme that Rolón has worked on in previous installations, here, the artist’s[…]

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ISSUE 02 // PREVIEW TITLES

Under the Cover. THE SEEN announces the Spring / Summer Preview Titles launching Issue 02 in print this April. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 5,000 count run available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth[…]

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SIMON DENNY // SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou Having developed a profound interest in the culture of hacking, the perplexed world of computer programming and information technology, New Zealand artist Simon Denny has taken over the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in order to convey these fascinations to the London audience. Entitled Products for Organising, the show spans the entire space of[…]

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PATRICK BERNATCHEZ // LES TEMPS INACHEVÉS                          

by Tina Gelsomini At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, an unbearably bright white room holds Lost in Time/Murcof (2014), a spinning vinyl record on a player looping the soundtrack to Patrick Bernatchez’s film Lost in Time. The haunting sound reverberates off of the empty gallery walls, functioning as a gateway; installed in a side[…]

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HOME GROUND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION

by Hiba Ali Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki in modernist style, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario opened to the public in 2014. Their most recent exhibition, Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, which closed earlier this month, featured twelve artists from the collection whose work depicts the transformative and unsettling[…]

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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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JONAS WOOD // GAGOSIAN GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou The exhibition of American artist Jonas Wood at Gagosian gallery’s Britannia Street space is his first solo show in London. It encompasses a series of just under twenty new oil and acrylic on canvas and gouache and colored pencil on paper works. Ranging from very large to smaller sizes, Wood’s paintings are[…]

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WALID RAAD // MoMA

by Tara Plath This text is (here and there) a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This small print follows the text of Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s[…]

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PREM SAHIB // INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON

by Kostas Prapoglou Prem Sahib is one of those young artists that since graduating have dynamically taken over the British capital by storm. His show Side On at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is the latest of a series of shows since he graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2013. Spanning[…]

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Chicago Art Critics Forum

Saturday, November 21, 12:00–3:00pm Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth Street Chicago, IL 60607 THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO, in collaboration with editions | Kavi Gupta, present the Chicago Art Critics Forum, convening writers living and working in the city to discuss current issues, topics on contemporary criticism, and encourage attending writers to network and[…]

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MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN // INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON STRATTON

In Conversation with Tara Plath Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York.  Prior to her posting, Stratton was the Executive Director for Threewalls, a non-profit organization in Chicago, where she still sits on the Executive Board (see: Jeffreen M. Hayes appointed at[…]

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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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MATHIAS POLEDNA // THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY

by Ruslana Lichtzier A Ballad of Wasted Time Notes on Mathias Poledna, coupled with some peripheral questions about the meaning of art. The Renaissance Society is currently exhibiting work by LA-based artist Mathias Poledna with a two-component exhibition: a 6:40 min color film, entitled Substance, and a spatial architectural intervention. The film portrays a Rolex[…]

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DAVID WEISS // SWISS INSTITUTE

by Tara Plath Something Sinister The collection of works on paper by Swiss artist David Weiss, most prominently known as half of the collaboration Fischili/Weiss, grant the viewer fresh insight into the artist’s process and interests. Where Fischili and Weiss’ more popular work together rests on odd-ball conceptualism and often playful compositions of found material in[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // MONA HATOUM

by Hiba Ali Socio-political events are mass corporeal engagements in which conflicts and outbreaks carry the potential to destabilize nations. In these circumstances, the environment is no longer in stasis. Political upheaval renders society’s inhabitants in a predicament of perpetual longing for an affect of normalcy that once existed. Mona Hatoum’s installations draw out the[…]

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PROFILE OF THE COLLECTOR // RYAN KORTMAN

by Alexandra Kadlec A few weeks out from his debut exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Ryan Kortman is feeling a little more vulnerable than anticipated. The sensation is akin to what a novelist feels on the eve of her book’s publication, what an artist experiences before his gallery opening—whether for the[…]

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Pier Review // Issue 03

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Pier Review // Issue 02

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PIER REVIEW // ISSUE 01

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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[…]