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Recommended Shows Pt3: Sadie Benning, Patterns

by Paddy Johnson on September 24, 2014
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Images can be deceiving. At first, I had thought that Sadie Benning’s entire show of large-scale collages at Callicoon was made of faux leather– it wasn’t until I physically left the gallery that a friend informed me they were not. I had to return.

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Recommended Shows Pt2: Erica Baum at Bureau

by Paddy Johnson on September 24, 2014
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Good abstract visual poetry exists. Take Erica Baum’s, “The Paper Nautilus”, at Bureau. In square photographic prints, Baum zooms in on the dog-ears on illustrated book pages– cropping the frame so that the square photograph is split diagonally from bottom left to top right corner, by the page crease. The dog ears, and the corner of the page beneath them, retain only triangular corners of illustrations and photographs. There’s no linear meaning to be drawn from these works, and yet, the mismatched pairings of triangles form a stable visual rhythm. The abstract squares resemble Josef Albers’s color studies, only in grayscale, and printed out on a dot matrix printer.

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Recommended Shows: Beyond Chicago EXPO

by Robin Dluzen on September 17, 2014
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CHICAGO —EXPO Chicago week is upon us. Let’s assume you’ll spend at least some small amount of time at the piers for the fair. But let’s also assume you’ll get sick of it. When that happens, check out some of the local exhibitions on our list of recommended shows. Or take the “Art After Hours” program on Friday night shuttle bus tour. It’s free and everyone likes free!

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This Week’s Recommended Shows: Humanity and Teenage Girls

by Paddy Johnson on September 15, 2014
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This week we recommend Jane Corrigan at Kerry Schuss, Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery and more.

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We Went to Chelsea: A Fuck You to Margaret Thatcher

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 12, 2014
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Whitney: Scott King’s graphic short story was a solid, if simplistic, ‘fuck you’ to top-down charity models where the people with lots of money make all the decisions about how money would best be redistributed to poor people.

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We Went to Chelsea: The Timelessness of Horse Clusters

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on September 12, 2014
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More big reasons for big sculptures for big galleries. *Sigh*

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We Went to Chelsea: Too Much Taste

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on September 11, 2014
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“Early Hand” is more calculated than it lets on.

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We Went to Chelsea: Nick Cave’s Thrift Store Golliwogs

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on September 11, 2014
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Paddy: Honestly, I want the suits back.

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Brian Calvin’s Dewy-Eyed Girls: The Same Is Not the Same

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 10, 2014
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Whitney: Despite lack of original subject matter, this was, surprisingly, one of the best shows we saw all day.

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