Archive for September 2015


Fey: Drawings by Joe Sinness

In Joe Sinness’s recent drawings, portraiture and still life become glossy, yet melancholic, tributes to queer performance. These meticulous works filter cinematic performance, sharp humor and sexual desire through carefully staged still lives and closely observed portraits. Sinness considers this performance a type of strip tease that creates an erotic tension loop between what may…

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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the first U.S. exhibition tour of Theo Jansen’s famed Strandbeests (“beach animals”). Working along the Dutch seacoast, Jansen has spent the last 25 years developing and evolving his Strandbeests, which today have become a global phenomena. An annual rhythm structures the Strandbeests’ life cycle. Innovations are imagined and explored in the…

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Michael Bentley at Gruen Galleries in Chicago

In his new series, Bentley continues to take on the challenge of scale with his works on paper, which size up to 4 x 8 feet. As he explores abstract seascapes with his signature application of gouache, Bentley infuses the work with an atmospheric serenity. Though not site specific, the imagery summons a stirring familiarity of place that truly resonates.…

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Deana Lawson at the Art Institute of Chicago

The first installment of the biennial Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series features the work of New York–based photographer Deana Lawson. For nearly a decade, Lawson has been investigating the visual expression of global black culture and how individuals claim their identities within it. Her staged portraits, carefully composed scenes, and found images speak to the ways…

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