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VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Chicago

AFRICOBRA Profile booth presented by Kavi Gupta at Expo Chicago, Chicago, 2018.
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Orit Gat

The Tribune Tower in Chicago’s Downtown, home to the Chicago Tribune until a few months ago—it is being converted to luxury apartments—includes a collection of stones from famous buildings around the world embedded into its exterior. The newspaper’s journalists on assignment brought these stones back from Notre Dame and the... continue reading
View of Jessica Stockholder's "Door Hinges," Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, 2015.
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Arielle Bier

Jessica Stockholder is an artist known for breaking conventions. Though her sprawling artworks are often referred to as installations, she defines her manifold combinations of color and everyday materials as sculpture.(1) The two floors of Kavi Gupta in Chicago—which entwine a curated group show, “ASSISTED,” with her own solo exhibition,... continue reading
John Sparagana’s “Crowds & Powder”

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY, Chicago

View of John Sparagana, “Crowds & Powder” (on wall), Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, 2014.
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Daniel Tucker

It is tempting to venerate images of bodies gathered, simply because they are seductive. They contain the charge of all that is political—the possibility of power in conflict. For this reason, they appear consistently in the mediated distribution channels and propaganda produced by the powerful and the powerless alike, ranging... continue reading
Arturo Herrera’s “Series”

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY, Chicago

View of Arturo Herrera "Series," Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, 2012.
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Michelle Grabner

Collage is Arturo Herrera’s preferred medium. He deploys its vast paper-based vocabulary the same way an abstract painter would activate a range of color, mark, stroke, and line. But it is the juxtaposition of disparate imagery, structural invention, and the disjunction of fragments and surfaces that drive his collages. Critic... continue reading
Rodney Graham

DONALD YOUNG GALLERY, Chicago

Rodney Graham, Leaping Hermit, 2011.
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Michelle Grabner

“Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer, not the saint or scientist, but the entrepreneur. (Think of Steve Jobs, our new deity.) Autonomy, adventure, imagination: entrepreneurship comprehends all this and more for us. The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan.” This cultural postulate... continue reading
View of, "Dear David Johnson," at moniquemeloche, Chicago, 2011.
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Michelle Grabner

Combining realist fiction with strains of truthiness, Rinus Van de Velde harnesses our contemporary compulsion for storytelling for its own sake, stating, “although the stories I create are fictional, I still try to believe in them.” But he also employs fiction as a literary device to undercut a host of... continue reading

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