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EXPO CHICAGO/2014
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APRIL // IN REVIEW


 

KUNSTHALLE WIEN // QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL
by Heather Findling

There is an explicit correlation between gallery space and artwork presented in the exhibition of Silke Otto-Knapp and Carl Fredrik Hill in Questions of Travel (Wien) at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, which would be difficult for even the most casual visitor to ignore. Upon entering the museum, one must step onto an elevated, steel gray platform that leads into a cubic volume with transparent floor to ceiling glass windows. In this setting, a shift in reality occurs where one feels as though they are transported onto a stage, with clear views of Viennese urban drama materializing around them.
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PROFILE // DANIELA STEINFELD
In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello

If you are interested in the work of certain locally exhibited artists, you may look into their other exhibitions abroad. I first discovered VAN HORN‘s program in this way, through research I was doing for a review of Wendy White’s exhibition at ANDREW RAFACZ in September of last year. The program, which is pretty evenly half American, and half German – exhibiting artists such as White, Nicole Eisenman, and Andrea Bowers – is one that might be discovered more often in this way because of that.
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SCOTT REEDER // MOON DUST
by Amber Renaye

Interdisciplinary is in. If you’re involved in the art world and someone asks what you do, they are expecting a list, not a title. Scott Reeder has more lists than anyone – some of his lists have advanced into paintings while hundreds, probably thousands more, fill pages of private notebooks, binders, and however much data the specially downloaded list-making application on his phone allows. If you have viewed any of Reeder’s recent exhibitions, either People Call Me Scott at Lisa Cooley, the MCA in Chicago, or his current show at 356 Mission in LA, then you’ve seen a list or few.
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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]”
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MARIA LASSNIG // MoMA PS1
by Tara Plath

For every country, there has always been a first female painting professor appointed far too late, and some yet to be appointed, so it will be some time before we vanquish this sad fact. It makes me think that maybe we (the royal we) have to wait so long to show a significant survey of under-recognized female artists so the weight of the unavoidable institutional superlative will hit that much harder (“The show will be the most significant survey of her work ever presented in the United States,”).
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THE BEAST // 75 YEARS OF THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER
by Nina Litoff

Through good times and the bad, the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has upheld its vital goals: to exhibit bold and daring new exhibitions, to bolster support for arts in the neighborhood, and to educate a new generation of young artists. Its commitment to this vision has made the center a pillar of the Chicago arts community, and an enduring home for cutting edge contemporary art. This year, HPAC celebrates its 75th anniversary with a look back at its illustrious history as well as forward to a promising future.
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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // DOR GUEZ
by Sarah Peguine

Over the past few years, Dor Guez’s work has attracted a lot of worldwide attention. Guez, who was born in Jerusalem to a mixed family of Jewish Tunisian and Christian Palestinian origins, lives and works in Tel Aviv, and is a prolific artist and scholar. He has presented over fifteen solo shows in the past eight years including at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Rose Art Museum in Boston, Dvir, the Mosaic Rooms in London, the Jewish Museum in New York, and many more important international art venues.
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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // SARAH ORTMEYER
by Stephanie Cristello

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 to Picasso and Duchamp, respectively, in his publication Kant After Duchamp, with regard to the turn in their work, and modernism more generally, since the 1960s. Yet, it was precisely these two dated territories I thought of when I first saw documentation of Sarah Ortmeyer’s exhibition at Dvir, in Tel Aviv, entitled KISH KUSH.
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CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS // ESSL MUSEUM
by Heather Findling

Museum exhibitions that focus on cultural identity often represent a predefined paradigm, where in a created space, cultural characteristics are objectified through the artwork and artifacts displayed. In the Essl Museum’s most recent exhibition Made in Austria, these traits are communicated by a private collector’s taste of contemporary artwork, with an attempt to enlighten the visitor on what it is that makes Austrian postwar art culturally specific.
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THE HILLS // SOMETHING OTHER THAN
by Stephanie Cristello

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 a space where soft images hit hard.
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MONUMENT // ANTI-MONUMENT

ST. LOUIS, MO. We report on the Monument/Anti-Monument conference, an international program of Sculpture City St. Louis, spearheaded by Laumeier Sculpture Park and Via Partnership featuring keynote artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
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Image up top: Jordan Wolfson, Raspberry Poser, 2012. Projected video animation, 13:54 min (loop), color, sound. Dimensions vary with installation. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, New York, and Sadie Coles HQ, London



WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN and /Dialogues of EXPO CHICAGO

This panel will address the different modalities in writing about and documenting exhibitions for online platforms, exploring the many complexities of distance and engagement within the contemporary art world in producing not only texts, but more broadly, online experiences for different readerships. Presented in partnership with The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), EXPO /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. 

Design Cloud Chicago | 118 N Peoria St., Suite 2N
JUNE 8, 2014 | 3:00–4:00PM

A cocktail reception for AICAD’s Alumni Networking Event will follow from 4:00–6:00PM


 

PANELISTS

Ruslana Lichtzier | International Contributor, THE SEEN

Terry R. Myers | Chair of the Painting & Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Critic & Independent Curator

Tara Plath | International Contributor, THE SEEN

Forrest Nash | Founder, Contemporary Art Daily

Moderated by Stephanie Cristello | Editor in Chief, THE SEEN

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