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Review: Paw @ Arcade Fine Arts

Daily Serving has just published my review of Arcade Fine Art‘s group show, PAW. By way of Philip Guston, whose smart and sober blend of graphic imagery and expressive marks have preserved him as modernism’s unlikely contemporary hero, we arrive at Paw, the current summer exhibition at Arcade Fine Arts in London. Borrowing the title from Guston’s 1968 […]

Review: Theaster Gates @ White Cube Gallery

Daily Serving has just published my review of the Theaster Gate’s new show, Freedom of Assembly, now up at White Cube Gallery‘s Bermondsey site. Freedom of Assembly is Theaster Gates’ second solo exhibition with London’s White Cube Gallery. Having won the Artes Mundi prize in January, Gates is currently receiving praise for his installation at this year’s […]

Review: New Image Painting @ Shane Campbell Gallery

Daily Serving has just published my review of Shane Campbell Gallery’s group show, New Image Painting. What sets New Image Painting at Shane Campbell Gallery apart from this year’s other sleepy season closers is not the work selected, which is a standard collection of represented artists and friends of the gallery, but rather an unusually confrontational framing […]

Material Matters Catalog Essay

A few months ago I wrote an essay for an upcoming exhibition at Northeastern Illinois University, titled Material Matters. The exhibition includes Tim Bergstrom, Samantha Bittman, Daniel Bruttig, Kristin Haas, Matt Irie and Scott Wolniak, and opens this Monday, August 25th. Here’s an excerpt of the essay included in the catalog, available at the gallery. The artists […]

What You Should Have Noticed in July

My edition of this month’s What You Should Have Noticed article for Bad at Sports included the following headlines: At Julius Caesar, Torches Pass to New Management, Blackest Black, Genesis Art Supply Moving, Peanut Gallery Moving, Obituaries: On Kawara, Chicago Cultural Center Unveils DCASE Residency, and Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Artist Housing Open for Applications. You can read the whole article here.  

What You Should Have Noticed in June

I wrote a wrap-up of June’s biggest art news for my regular Bad at Sports column, with headlines: We Wanted to Believe: Marilyn Monroe Sculpture Found! in Chinese Dump, New CTA Art Announced for Red Line Stops,  Lucas Museum Coming to Chicago, Jeff Koons Ass Opens at the Whitney, and Abstract Painting, Still Crazy After All These Years. Check out the […]

What You Should Have Noticed in May

My monthly column at Bad at Sports includes mention of late Whitney Biennial drama, the Glasgow School of Art fire at their Mackintosh Building, the Artist Congress at the Block Museum of Art, and more. Read the rest: What You Should Have Noticed in May.

David Schutter @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery

I reviewed David Schutter’s show, What is Not Clear is Not French, up now at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. The strongest tension in David Schutter’s paintings is between their historical referents and their contemporary interpretation. While the abstract drawings wear their history plainly in academic marks and moves, it is impossible to see Schutter’s paintings without the […]

Evan Gruzis @ The Suburban

Daily Serving has just published my review of Evan Gruzis’ new show, Shell Game, currently up at The Suburban. The works in Shell Game represent a major departure for Gruzis, whose earlier work used intensive ink washed to create hazy, funky riffs on the objects and places that make up a kind of pop-culture landscape by way of […]

What You Should Have Noticed in April

You can read my wrap-up of this month’s art news and discussions at Bad at Sports: What You Should Have Noticed in April.

Extinct Entities: Alternative Myths

This winter I was invited to contribute an essay for the Extinct Entities festival’s short-run book. My essay ran along-side essays from Jason Foumberg, writer for Chicago Magazine and art editor for NewCity Magazine, Thea Liberty Nichols of ArtSlant and Bad at Sports, and Erin Nixon, former co-curator for Noble & Superior Projects and who […]

What You Should Have Noticed (in February and March)

This year I’ve been invited to start a new column at the Bad at Sports blog, titled What You Should Have Noticed, in which I round up each month’s highlights, big events, and those debates and conversations that stood out from the rest. The first article for January covered CAA, The University of Chicago Labratory school’s new […]

Seven Artists of the Week: Allison Kilberg

This week’s picks from Allison Kilberg, curator and arts administrator, and former associate director at LVL3 Gallery. Check out her blog here, and keep an eye out for her projects in Chicago and beyond. Thanks, Allison!

Seven Artists of the Week – Danny Volk

This week’s picks from Danny Volk, artist and current MFA student at University of Chicago. Keep an eye out for his work come thesis season – it’ll be worth the trip south. As always, click on images for more from that artist.   Thanks, Danny!          

Review: John Sparagana @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Last week I reviewed John Sparagana‘s exhibition, Crowds & Powder, still up for a few more days at Corbett vs. Dempsey. With their reliance on grids and fascination with images, Sparagana’s collages have much in common with the optical intensity of digital distortion or algorithmic abstraction, yet the artist adapts his images with the kind of […]

Sofia Leiby @ Devening Projects + Editions

Last week I reviewed Sofia Leiby‘s show at devening projects + editions, which ran from December 15th through January 18th, alongside Peter Fagundo‘s Model Questions for the Sun, the See, and Other Things…. Here Leiby’s impulses, if not her paintings themselves, enter into the active discourse on postindustrial labor as experienced in today’s network economy. Creative […]

Seven Artists of the Week – Ryan Travis Christian

This week’s picks from Ryan Travis Christian, who (as described last week) was the inspiration for this feature back in 2009. Ryan is currently working on his upcoming solo show at Western Exhibitions; recent highlights include shows with Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco and a museum show at CAM Raleigh in North Carolina. As aways, […]

Seven Artists of the Week – Magalie Guérin

It’s been a while since I’ve ran this feature, so let me quickly reintroduce Seven Artists of the Week: a weekly post where I ask one artist, curator, or other member of our beloved Chicago art community to select seven artists to be featured as a group. We’ve had some great lists (all of which […]

Haim Steinbach: Travel @ White Cube Gallery, London

The exhibition of found objects can take two forms: either the DuChampian invasion of the “real” into the unreal spaces of art, ironically short-circuiting our expectations and behavior toward both realms of objects; or the museum-like display of found objects as cultural documents or relics, representing their origins and functions in an anthropological matrix. Like […]

An Unnatural Theatre @ Aid & Abet

When I first planned to spend six months after graduate school in the United Kingdom, I expected to be living in London or commuting there regularly. However, with train fares nearly five times the cost as in the US, I quickly faced a deflated travel budget and few choices for art in my base in […]