The artist list for the 2014 Whitney Biennial was recently released, and it’s home to an exciting group of Chicago’s own:
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
A warm congratulations to all!
A complete list of the 2014 artists can be found HERE
Last week I had the opportunity to see Charles Ray speak about his work at the University of Chicago. The invitational lecture was intimate in setting and instructional in contextualizing the sculptor’s work. Ray began his talk by framing his interests around personally significant sculptors and objects throughout history that carry great weight within his practice. Specifically around a series of objects that help define, as Ray puts it, a sculptural “embedment” in space. More specifically, Ray’s involvement with the cavity.
The talk then dived into some of the more familiar facets of his sculptural practice and even some of the less curatorialy favorable ink work. It was my first time hearing the sculptor speak in person, and as an individual who finds great importance in these particular objects, the discussion was even richer than I had anticipated.
Next up is Robert Morris, speaking tomorrow night at 7PM
Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine at the Art Institute of Chicago.
I never miss an opportunity to see a Wayne Thiebaud painting. It was fun to go through this exhibition, over a hundred paintings ranging from the 1800s to Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures including his giant egg.
Some highlights were William Michael Hartnett’s Trophy of the Hunt, (1885), Peter Blume’s Vegetable Dinner, (1927), and Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want, (1943)
Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) is currently based in London, England. She graduated in 2008 from Columbia’s MFA program. Solo exhibitions in
2013: “The Thames started moving. Someone in Oxford is running a bath” at Johan Berggren, Malmö and “Regardless” at Laura Bartlett, London; as well as a
billboard commission in Rome, commissioned by the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. 2013 group shows include “Tussie–Mussie,” 1857, Oslo; “I Am The Magic
Hand,” Sikkema Jenkins, NYC; “The Stairs,” Algus Greenspon, NYC; and “Notes on Neo–Camp,” which debuted at Office Baroque, Antwerp and traveled to
Studio Voltaire, London. In July 2013 she curated her first exhibition, “Portmanteau” at Johan Berggren, Malmö. Her work has been featured or reviewed in Kaleidoscope, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Art Newspaper and Artforum, amongst other publications.
Presented by the Painting and Drawing Dept. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Monday, November 18th, 5:00PM
Columbus Auditorium 280 S. Columbus Dr.