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Issue 20: May


DORIS SALCEDO // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 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 left empty spaces behind them. This impressive effect is achieved with a mastery manifested in the curatorial direction of the exhibition that stages her work with effortless grace. 
 

SCENIC OVERLOOK // INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN GILES
by S. Nicole Lane


Acclaimed skylines serve as a mirror for a pulsating city; consequently, the people’s identity is boiled down to the tallest building, the brightest lights, and the awe-struck, open-mouthed, rubbernecking tourists. Those who beat along in the urban playground are depicted by its buildings—by the shape of the towers and the way they extend, stretch, and illuminate once the sun sets. At the Hyde Park Art Center, Susan Giles, the 2014–2015 Jackman Goldwasser Resident, is featured in a solo exhibition, Scenic Overlook

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BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO // GALERIE SAMUEL LALLOUZ
by Vanessa Gravenor

Barthélémy Toguo’s Africa, currently on view at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montréal, plays with the notion of black travel and black exchange in the global market. Through his practice, and poignantly in this exhibition, Toguo mixes Arte Povera actions with African folk aesthetics to suggest the mobility of bodies across different times and space.

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FRAMING FRAKTUR: WORD & IMAGE // FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA
by Joshua Michael Demaree

The connection between word and image is as old as the need to communicate and commemorate. Certainly the first link was communication: “This image of a deer I drew is, in fact, the deer you killed the other day to feed us all,” thought the first artist. While it is unlikely that the connection was so eloquently put, this basic idea of the link between word and image remains the same today; one can easily step in for the other when the need arises.

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ANRI SALA, THE PRESENT MOMENT // HAUS DER KUNST
by Vanessa Gravenor


Anri Sala’s The Present Moment, currently on view at the Haus der Kunst Munich, re-performs and dissects a late Romantic composition by Arnold Schoenberg in a 19-channel sound system, and a single channel video projection. “Transfigured Night,” a sextet composed as chamber music, was composed for an intimate setting. Taken out of this context, re-presented in the large fascist architecture of the Haus der Kunst, there is an immediate tension at play, bordering on negation. In a panel discussion, Sala describes that the chamber music is supposed to be conversational—it is without a conductor.t.

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DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO // DIA
by Robin Dluzen

With black-and-white photos of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo side-by-side in studio attire or lip-locked in an intimate embrace, the marketing for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts would have one believing that the artists’ romance is at the center of the exhibition. The mainstream appeal of these artists’ individual biographies and their infamous marriage is obviously a major draw for the public; in reality, the exhibition is not bound by the feelings Rivera and Kahlo had for each other. 

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ROBERT WILSON // BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY
by Kostas Prapoglou

Video Portraits of Lady Gaga is the much talked about exhibition conceived and created by the multi-titled American sculptor, painter, stage director, playwright, choreographer, performer, and video artist Robert Wilson. Initially shot in October 2013 in London, the works premiered the following month at the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of Wilson’s show Living Rooms along with a concurrent show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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Image up top: Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel (detail), 2011-12. Rose petals and thread. Installation view, White Cube, London, 2012. Photo: Ben Westoby.
 
               
 For more information about EXPO CHICAGO/2015
   www.expochicago.com