Zachary Cahill

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates speaks about his drawings and conceiving exhibitions

May 2016

Known for his performances, his sculptures, and his large-scale, site-specific building reclamation projects in Chicago—such as the ambitious Stony Island Arts Bank, which serves to bolster culture in an underinvested neighborhood—Theaster… READ ON

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Susan Hiller

Lisson Gallery | London

December 2015

Few contemporary artists have taken up residence in the realm of the uncanny with as much assuredness and commitment as Susan Hiller. In her first solo exhibition in London since her retrospective at Tate Britian in 2011, we find a body of … READ ON

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Frances Stark

October 2015

For all its investment in media technology, “Intimism,” the first survey to home in on Frances Stark’s digitally based work, was at its heart a writerly exhibition. Stark weaves text through numerous media, from drawing to video to (in… READ ON

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Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz speaks about his work for the Istanbul Biennial

August 2015

Often engaging with found objects and sculpture in his research-based practice, artist Michael Rakowitz creates installations and participatory events to instantiate counternarratives to received histories in site-specific contexts. Here he… READ ON

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Jessica Labatte

Western Exhibitions

April 2015

The poet Joseph Brodsky wrote, “Dust is the flesh of time. / Time’s very flesh and blood.” In her first solo exhibition with this gallery Jessica Labatte gives ebullient expression to the passage of time. While dust is the bane of the… READ ON

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William Pope.L

William Pope.L discusses his upcoming exhibition at LA MoCA

February 2015

A mainstay of performance and installation art since the 1970s, William Pope.L will open the largest museum show of his work to date at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, on March 20, 2015. Trinket, 2008,… READ ON

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“A Proximity of Consciousness”

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleries

November 2014

Richly sensorial, “A Proximity of Consciousness,” curated by Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller, explores glancing moments of intersection between social practice and the natural elements. How social practice ought to be exhibited has been… READ ON

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Amy Vogel

Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage

September 2014

One of the more tired arguments regarding nature is that it is simply our own construction. It’s not. It is a collaboration. “Paraperspective,” a fifteen-year survey of Amy Vogel’s work, which is curated by artist Joseph Grigely, … READ ON

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“Phantoms in the Dirt”

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

September 2014

Photography is dead, or so “Phantoms in the Dirt” might suggest. After nearly two centuries, photography finds itself in a predicament similar to what it inflicted on painting—questioning its significance in light of changing technology… READ ON

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Nairy Baghramian

The Art Institute of Chicago

August 2014

Nothing plain is simple. This apparent paradox encapsulates some of the mercurial magic found in Nairy Baghramian’s first foray into the Midwestern United States. Curated by Susanne Ghez, the exhibition demonstrates Baghramian’s particular… READ ON

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