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Chicago

“ENRICO DAVID: GRADATIONS OF SLOW RELEASE”

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
September 29 - March 10

Curated by Michael Darling

Across the past two decades, the provocatively ecumenical Italian-born, London-based artist Enrico David has forged a singular practice that proceeds from drawing to a dizzying array of other media. The human body is almost always present—whether considered in works on paper, paintings, tapestries, installations, or the difficult-to-pigeonhole sculptures for which the artist is perhaps best known—but his figural forms inevitably gesture as much to the psychological as to the corporeal. This major survey will include some fifty works showcasing both David’s mastery of a wide range of materials and styles and his deeply personal iconography. “Gradations of Slow Release” will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by the curator, a conversation between David and Mark Beasley (media and performance-art curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), and a visual contribution by the artist. Travels to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, April 18–September 2, 2019.