As you probably know, this is the big fall opening weekend where pretty much every active gallery in the city opens a new show. This is great for everyone except the people who compile lists and calendars of art events, who have dutifully labored on a number of great lists and sources for planning your wine-soaked weekend gallery crawls.
And I’m also going to list a few of the shows I’m excited about:
Chris Johanson @ Kavi Gupta
For their fall opening Kavi Gupta Gallery will be headlining with the face that launched a thousand skater art careers, the beautiful loser himself, Chris Johanson. A must-see, though expect some perhaps uncharacteristically art looking art. The show opens on Friday, September 10th from 5-8PM@ Kavi Gupta Gallery, 835 W Washington Blvd.
Ben Stone @ Western Exhibitions
Another must-see is Ben Stone‘s already news-making sculpture and crime show at Western Exhibitions, which will feature a life-sized, in-the-round sculpture depicting the infamous 2002 attack on Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa by drunken father and son duo, the Ligues. Also on show, videos and paintings from Joey Fauerso. OpensFriday, September 10th from 5-8PM @ Western Exhibitions, 119 N Peoria St, 2A.
Timothy Bergstrom @ Hungry Man
Timothy Bergstrom is one of my favorites from the recent group of Chicago scultpurey painters, with work combining funky surfaces and shitty materials to make paintings that are worth looking at and talking about. The show opens Saturday, September 11th from 6-9PM @ HungryMan Gallery, 2135 N Rockwell St.
Dan Gunn @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery
I’ve been looking forward to this show since seeing New Icon @ LUMA (you can read my review of that show here) and being blown over by Dan Gunn’s new pieces. This show has every potential to include some of the best new work in Chicago, so make sure its on your hop. Catch the opening this Saturday, September 11th from 6-9PM @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery, 1545 W Division St.
David Moré @ Green Lantern
Green Lantern’s back from its long hiatus with a small business venture by David Moré, who will, for free and using improvised and invented instruments, render your portrait in sound. Come see the project and welcome the space’s new program this Saturday, September 11th from 7-10PM @ Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 W Chicago Ave.
Montgomery Perry Smith @ Johalla Projects
I had a chance to check out Montgomery Perry Smith‘s studio a little while ago (which you can read about here), and I really liked what I saw. All that new work will be up in his solo show titled Pit Worship, opening on Saturday, September 11th from 7-11PM @ Johalla Projects, 1561 N Milwaukee Ave.