Paul Anthony Smith
art ltd. magazine Top 10 of 2014

Paul Anthony Smith's debut solo exhibition at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Mangos and Crab, was named by art ltd. magazine as a Top 10 Exhibition for 2014 in Chicago.

Read the article here.

Paul Anthony Smith

Anne Lindberg
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring gallery artist Anne Lindberg. Unmade: Anne Lindberg & Saskia Olde Wolbers will be on view at Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati from 10 October 2014 through 22 March 2015. The exhibit is curated by Steven Matijcio.

Lindberg will present new graphite drawings alongside a site-specific installation titled cadence (2014). The artist stated, " I am thrilled to have opportunity to create a new site-specific work in Zaha Hadid's architecture."

Contemporary Arts Center is located at 44 E. 6th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.

More information on Unmade at CAC

Anne Lindberg

Michael Robinson
City Gallery Wellington

Michael Robinson presents a solo video installation at City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand. His film The Dark, Krystle (2013) will be on view from December 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015.

City Gallery Wellington

Michael Robinson

Andrew Holmquist
Ground Floor Biennial at Hyde Park Art Center

Andrew Holmquist exhibits recent work in Ground Floor, a biennial exhibition of new art from Chicago, on view at Hyde Park Art Center through 29 March 2015.

Ground Floor brings together work by Chicago's most promising emerging talent. Based on nominations by respected members of the arts community, Hyde Park Art Center selects work by recent graduates from each of Chicago's nationally-ranked Master of Fine Arts programs.

Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue in Chicago, IL.

Andrew Holmquist

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Review: Hard Weather at Et. Al San Francisco

The East Bay Express reviews Hard Weather, a two person exhibition at Et. Al gallery in San Francisco including work by Carson Fisk-Vittori and Anna Sagstrom.

Critic AJ Kiyoizumi writes of Fisk-Vittori: "Her work twists the influences of her specialization in photography and the plastic veneer of suburbia to create a paradoxical, contemporary momento mori of our natural environment."

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Carson Fisk-Vittori

Liliana Porter
Museo de Arte Zapopan

Museo de Arte Zapopan presents a solo exhibition by Liliana Porter, El Hombre Con El Hacha Y Otras Situaciones Breves, on view from 28 November 2014 through 1 March 2015.

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Liliana Porter

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Hard Weather

Carson Fisk-Vittori participates in Hard Weather, on view at Et al. San Francisco through December 5, 2014. She exhibits alongside Anna Sagström.

Break of a wave, bad earth quakes,
Weather building up.
While surfing a wave I decided to de-install.
As soon as I'd come back, I'd re-install.
On my way home,
a wet morning, sound proof,
and the fragrance of a touch.
This wet morning, sound proof,
sedimentations of you.
Soft clouds navigating through damn layers of perfume.
Break of a wave causing a subtle insurrection,
a rippling aftermath.
Is rear view mirror syndrome limiting your potential?
I rotate 360 degrees in one day and my memory is gone,
now replaced by some casual encounters, some less.
Early hours dissolved by patterns of resonance,
like a coin falling from a balcony of the 25th floor.

While I was detoxing symbolic success was evaporating in front of me.
I turned desire into simple needs,
like staying hard.
- text for 'Desperate Vitality' by Matilda Tjäder

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Liliana Porter
Panel Discussion at Casa Hispanica

The Institute of Latin American Studies & The Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University present "Fractured Times: Disruptive Temporalities in Contemporary Art and Fiction," a panel discussion with Liliana Porter, Graciela Speranza and Andreas Huyssen, moderated by Gradiela Montaldo.

The discussion takes place at Casa Hispanica, 612 West 116th Street, New York City on Wednesday 15 October from 6-8 PM.

Liliana Porter

Michael Robinson
BFI London Film Festival

Michael Robinson presents The Dark, Krystle (2013) as part of the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. The film screens in the Haunted Space program on Saturday 18 October 2014.

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Michael Robinson

Andrew Holmquist
Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine has named Andrew Holmquist as one of Four Rising Chicago Artists Worth Investing In.

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Andrew Holmquist

Carson Fisk-Vittori
The Luminary

Carson Fisk-Vittori participates in a group exhibition, Late capitalism, it's like, almost over, on view at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO from 19 September to 8 November 2014.

Featuring a range of artists including Fisk-Vittori, Julie Bena, Jesse Darling, Mia Goyette and Christopher Thompson, who move between immediate commercial materials, imagined landscapes, pseudo-selfies and casual gestures, Late capitalism, it's like, almost over takes impending economic collapse and transformation as an inevitability to met with a shrug, not a shudder. This is the second exhibition presented in The Luminary's Sporadic Democracy series.

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Carson Fisk-Vittori

Gallery Weekend Chicago

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in Gallery Weekend Chicago from September 18-21, 2014.

For more information please visit

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Downtown Photoroom, Los Angeles

Carson Fisk-Vittori exhibits alongside Debora Delmar Corporation in Better Climate Options on view at Downtown Photoroom, Los Angeles opening 20 September 2014.

For the show, Fisk-Vittori continues to explore her interests in climate as commodity, with water representing not only types of weather, but life itself. Water is essential and pervasive, ever effected by its environment, absorbing qualities of all which surrounds it. In these new sculptural assemblages, Fisk-Vittori combines images of animals feeding upon one another, recycled-glass surfaces, automobiles, perfume advertisements, and land and seascapes with materials also associated with water - tiles, hoses, faucets, and bottles.

Downtown Photoroom is located at 1933 S. Broadway, suite 1242 in Los Angeles, California. Please visit their website for more information.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Other Forms

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce our collaboration with Other Forms, a Chicago-based research and design collective. Other Forms will work with the gallery to rebuild our identity through print, digital, and ephemeral materials that complement and reinforce our programming goals.

Carson Fisk-Vittori
del vaz Projects, Los Angeles

Carson Fisk-Vittori exhibits new work in a group exhibition, Bathymetry, on view at del vaz projects, Los Angeles, CA from September 5 - November 22, 2014.

Fisk-Vittori exhibits alongside Spencer Ashby, Liz Craft, Natalie Jones, Daniel Keller, Spender Longo, Benjamin Phelan and Max Hooper Schneider.

Fisk-Vittori addresses organic life and nature through lenses of culture, branding and media. The work hypothesizes on weather modification and future weather trading in the stock market, such that one could choose a torrential storm, a waterfall, artificially seeded snow or your morning shower. Her choice of medium delves into the state of liquid, its gaining value, and its many vessels.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Michael Robinson
EXiS Festival, Seoul, South Korea

Michael Robinson screens his films for the first time in South Korea during the 2014 ExiS Festival in Seoul, August 30 - September 3, 2014. He will present a solo program and screen work for the international competition program.

Michael Robinson

Anne Lindberg
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

This summer, the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be revitalized as the Upper Cohen Galleria adopts a new theme: Landscape, Abstracted. Approximately 10 newly installed works will be on view, including sculpture, installation, paintings and new media—all building on the MFA’s long tradition of collecting exceptional landscapes. Contemporary artist Jason Middlebrook has been invited to paint the largest wall in the space, which measures 24 by 80 feet. Middlebrook’s signature patterning weds the geometry of modern abstraction with the lines of wood grain to “create a tension between something organic and something man-made.” Pieces that expand the definition of “landscape” beyond the horizon line include School of the Museum of Fine Arts professor Barbara Gallucci’s interactive Topia Chairs (2008) and Spencer Finch’s fluorescent light piece Shield of Achilles (Dawn, Troy) (2013). The Museum is also commissioning a new site-specific work by artist Anne Lindberg, which evokes nature by using only thread and staples.

The exhibition will be on view through 2017.

Anne Lindberg

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Rhizome : Notes for a New Documentary

In the Rhizome essay "Notes for a New Documentary," writer Sam Davis responds to recent arrangement and installation work by Carson Fisk-Vittori.

Davis writes, "I like to imagine that the plants in Fisk-Vittori's work constitute a cinema of their own. A slow moving image in real time, at the center of orbiting Related nodes performing the intersecting economies on display."

Read the whole essay by Sam Davis for Rhizome

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Michael Robinson
Melbourne International Film Festival

The Dark, Krystle(2013) by Michael Robinson is included in the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival Experimental Shorts Program.

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Michael Robinson

Andrew Holmquist
in Conversation with Matt Morris

Please join the gallery on Wednesday 6 August at 6 PM for a conversation between

Andrew Holmquist


Matt Morris

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607

Andrew Holmquist

Paul Anthony Smith
The Brooklyn Rail Review

Critic William Corwin reviews Paul Anthony Smith: Mangos and Crab at Carrie Secrist Gallery, alongside Perle Fine: Wide to the Wind at Thomas McCormick Gallery.

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Paul Anthony Smith

Andrew Holmquist
In a Painter's World: A Bad at Sports Interview

In this interview with Kevin Blake for Bad at Sports, Andrew Holmquist discusses his work, his community, his goals, and his relationship to contemporary painting. The artist states,

"I have found that addressing painting concerns in other mediums can be an effective way to chart a position on painting. To be able to make sculpture flat and paintings dimensional, videos static and paintings animated – exchanging the expectations of mediums can enhance the awareness of those expectations. It can be an opportunity to get perspective and more clearly articulate what it is I am after in painting than when I am down in the mud. What comes along with this is a self-consciousness of the label of painting and how it is being applied."

Learn more about Holmquist and his practice in the full interview here.

Andrew Holmquist

Michael Robinson
Outfest Los Angeles

Michael Robinson screens The Dark, Krystle (2013) during Outfest LGBT Film Festival 2014. The film is on view Friday, July 11 at 7:15 PM at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Michael Robinson

David Lefkowitz
Walker on the Green

The Walker Art Center offers another chance to practice your swing at Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf. Summer has transformed part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden into an expanded 18-hole course comprised of two 9-hole circuits. Twenty-nine artists, architects, and collaborative teams have created a fun and challenging tour full of imaginative designs.

18 Holes in One transports you to the 18 legendary greens of the Augusta National Golf Course, home of the Masters Tournament. The undulating hills and lush turf hold 18 holes, but take care to avoid hidden clefts seamlessly woven into the green. Work your ball through the front and back nine, or execute a chip from the sidelines. Instead of golf cups, artists David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring opted for drains in tribute to Robert Gober.

Walker on the Green is open daily throughout the summer. For more information please visit the Walker Art Center website.

David Lefkowitz

Angelo Musco
Construction Deconstruction

Angelo Musco participates in the group exhibition Construction Deconstruction opening June 26 at acte2 galerie, Paris. The show is on view through September 6, 2014.

Musco exhibits alongside Jerome Albertini, Alvin Booth, Emmanuelle Bousquet, Philippe Chancel, Jacques Courtejoie, Anne Garde, Manuel Geernick, Darvid Parker, and Albert Watson. Acte2 Galerie is located at 41, rue d'Artois, 75008 Paris, France.

Angelo Musco

Andrew Holmquist
10 New Artists to Watch in Abstract Painting

Curator Francesca Gavin profiles Andrew Holmquist for Artsy in her piece '10 New Artists to Watch in Abstract Painting.' She writes:

"Holmquist's abstract paintings play with form, material, and color, often to very vibrant results. Figurative elements, drips, and digital elements appear, then melt away, in his abstract compositions, which feel like representations of abstract sculptures on canvas."

Read the full article on Artsy

Andrew Holmquist

Paul Anthony Smith
Review in photograph magazine

Critic Jason Foumberg reviews Paul Anthony Smith: Mangos and Crab, calling the artist's debut solo exhibition in Chicago "excellent." The exhibit is on view through June 14, 2014 at Carrie Secrist Gallery.

Read the full review in photograph magazine.

Paul Anthony Smith

Anne Lindberg
drawn together

Anne Lindberg presents a solo exhibition, drawn together, at Haw Contemporary, Kansas City on view May 30 - July 12, 2014. Lindberg exhibits two- and three-dimensional drawings conceived as an environmental work that activates the full spectrum of the gallery space.

Visit Haw Contemporary for more information.

Anne Lindberg

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Tom Kha Gai (hot silk)

Carson Fisk-Vittori participates in a group show, TOM KHA GAI (hot silk) at Moroso Projects, San Francisco opening June 12, 2014. Fisk-Vittori exhibits alongside Michael Assiff, Derek Frech, and Izabelle new.

Visit Moroso Projects for more information.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Andrew Holmquist
Carrie Ellen Tuttle Fellowship

Carrie Secrist Gallery congratulates Andrew Holmquist on the completion of his graduate study in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Holmquist is recipient of the Carrie Ellen Tuttle Fellowship, awarded by SAIC for exceptional merit in painting.

Andrew Holmquist

David Lefkowitz
Recent Press for 'Austerity Plans'

'Austerity Plans: Corrugated Drawings by David Lefkowitz' is on view at Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis through May 18, 2014. Please follow the links below for recent press on this survey exhibition.

Reimagining Architectural History in Cardboard by Mason Riddle for Metropolis

Boxes on boxes on boxes by Dylan Thomas for Southwest Journal

In addition, on Sunday 18 May at 2 PM Dan Bruggeman will join David Lefkowitz in conversation about the work on view. Soo Visual Art Center is located at 2638 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis, MN.

David Lefkowitz

Andrew Holmquist
MFA Exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Andrew Holmquist participates in the 2014 SAIC MFA show, opening April 25 from 7-9 PM. Holmquist debuts new video and painting in the show, which is on view through May 14.

The Sullivan Gallery is located at 33 S. State Street on the 7th Floor.

Andrew Holmquist

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Jancar Jones Gallery

Carson Fisk-Vittori participates in Ever Y Thing Zen on view at Jancar Jones Gallery, Los Angeles from 26 April to 31 May 2014.

Organized by Important Projects, Oakland, the exhibit also includes work by Maliea Croy, Olivia Erlanger, Valerie Keane, Kait Mooney, Erin Jane Nelson, Sydney Shen and Chloe Seibert.

More information may be found on the Jancar Jones Gallery website.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Ambient Weather Calibration

The gallery is thrilled to share a new work by Carson Fisk-Vittori titled Ambient Weather Calibration.

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Carson Fisk-Vittori

Angelo Musco
Maison Particuliere Art Center, Brussels

New work by Angelo Musco will be on view in the exhibition Resonances at Maison Particuliere Art Center, Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit opens on 24 April 2014.

For more information visit the Maison Particuliere website.

Angelo Musco

David Lefkowitz
Austerity Plans

Austerity Plans: Corrugated Drawings by David Lefkowitz
Soo Visual Arts Center
2638 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

For about a decade I have been making watercolor drawings on corrugated cardboard that depict structures that read simultaneously as abstract geometric forms, literal renderings of stacks of cardboard boxes and architectural plans. ‘Austerity Plans’ features an assortment of new work and older cardboard drawings, most of which have never been exhibited in the Twin Cities. This exhibit is a kind of awkwardly articulated policy statement about how to make more out of less, asserting the potential complexity latent in the most modest of materials- in this case cardboard boxes. In this batch of work I’m drawing on my inner bricoleur- the resourceful scavenger who reconstructs the world from residue culled from the scrap heaps of consumer capital, yet, because of the flimsiness of the material, I also hint at doubts about the efficacy of such efforts. I want to acknowledge that such a pursuit is at once worthwhile and ridiculous.
- David Lefkowitz

Austerity Plans is on view from April 5 - May 18, 2014.

David Lefkowitz

Judith Geichman
"Making Space" curated by Susanne Doremus

Judith Geichman participates in "Making Space," curated by Susanne Doremus, on view at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago from April 4 - May 3.

Willem Dekooning believed that “the idea of space is given to the artist to change if he can, that the subject matter in the abstract is space,” and that “one is utterly lost in space forever.” He called this a desperate view.

The artists in "Making Space" might not experience the same desperation that enveloped DeKooning mid twentieth century, but it is clear that all use various spatial strategies to identify and to support the content of their work. These artists often move between figuration and abstraction, sometimes combining both. They look back while moving forward.

"Making Space" features work by Candida Alvarez, Susanna Coffey, Cora Cohen, Dana DeGiulio, Kate Desjardins, Judith Geichman, Michelle Grabner, Magalie Guerin, Anne Harris, Jason Karolak, Jim Lutes, Deirdre O'Dwyer, Nick Ostoff, Sabina Ott, Tyson Reeder, Noah Rorem, Erin Washington, Mary Lou Zelazny, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

Judith Geichman

Liliana Porter
Entreactos: situaciones breves

Liliana Porter directs a new performance "Entreactos: situaciones breves" on view at Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 26 - 30, 2014.

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Liliana Porter

Michael Robinson
ArtInfo Review: 'The Dark, Krystle'

Michael Robinson's "The Dark, Krystle" in Chicago
by Craig Hubert

The work of Michael Robinson is difficult to explain but easy to understand. There doesn’t appear to be a unified theme to his work, which makes it hard to discuss what kind of filmmaker he is or what his lineage might be. To put it another way, he’s not easily categorizable, which is a good thing. But there is a feeling that permeates his videos, an emotional melancholy oscillating between light and dark, that is instantly recognizable.

One branch of the bulk of Robinson’s films — including his latest, “The Dark, Krystle” (2013), on view through March 15 at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago — are composed of footage from our not-too-distant past, a hazy collage of sitcoms, commercials, and instructional videos. These pop artifacts are not repurposed for mockery, as in a supercut, but are used to highlight malevolent energies buried within popular images, like a J.G. Ballard novel come to life. Under the shiny veneer of mass produced images, something evil lurks.

Robinson’s films are best watched with little prior knowledge of his work. My first encounter with his distinctive visual language was in a video he made called “Light is Waiting,” which turns the ABC sitcom “Full House” — specifically a ridiculous, but startling moment on the show involving two children and a television set— into a house of hallucinogenic horrors. Robinson transforms the images, folding them into one another, slowing them down, letting the trails of color and light linger across the screen.

“The Dark, Krystle” features footage of vampy icons Linda Evans and Joan Collins from the 1980s soap “Dynasty,” and Robinson creates a rhythmic poem out of their theatricality — dramatic breakdowns, nasty glares, forceful drinking — letting them play out in repetition, the result a hypnotic conversation between these two figures. As the film progresses and the melodrama ascends, a tragic narrative develops, albeit obscurely. Is this a battle of good versus evil? Or does the shift from one character to the other represent a transformation, the result of a Faustian bargain?

Robinson, who was part of the 2012 Whitney Biennial (where we interviewed him), has screened work at the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Migrating Forms, and more.

Michael Robinson

Judith Geichman
HF Johnson Art Gallery at Carthage College

Judith Geichman will exhibit new work in Ebb and Flow: Judith Geichman, Octaviano Rangel and Jessica O'Hearn on view at HF Johnson Art Gallery,
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI from 6 February - 21 March, 2014.

Judith Geichman

Anne Lindberg
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

New work by Anne Lindberg is featured in Coloring on view through March 8, 2014 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Curated by Stuart Horodner, Coloring features five artists who use color to investigate formal, phenomenological, cultural, and historical issues. Bill Adams produces prop-like objects that collapse painting and sculpture; Paul Stephen Benjamin stacks discarded video monitors that play sputtering remixes of archival footage; Rutherford Chang meditates on music and time using multiple copies of the Beatles’ 1968 White Album; Anne Lindberg installs taut accumulations of thread to create clouds of hovering color; and Kate Shepherd produces monochrome paintings with elegantly fractured surfaces.

Anne Lindberg

Derek Chan
Roswell Museum and Art Center

As his yearlong residency in Roswell, New Mexico concludes, Derek Chan presents a solo exhibit, Causation, at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The exhibition runs through February 23, 2014.

For the exhibition Causation, Chan presents a new body of work influenced by his interest in cosmic cycles as referenced by the Mayan and other indigenous pre-conquest codices and glyphs. While working primarily in painting, Derek Chan’s past projects have included elements of performance and installation. For this exhibition, he projects a slideshow of digital images. The artist believes that translating the electrical stimuli of cosmic rhythm into image, music and sound can be therapeutic.

Derek Chan

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Women Weed & Weather review in New City

By Shreya Sethi
December 17, 2013

The photographs and sculptures of Carson Fisk-Vittori unabashedly employ the design tactics of advertising and commercial art. Artworks that contain shampoo bottles, hair sprays and dishwashing soap almost come across as absurdist product endorsements rather than works of fine art. The products are usually integrated with incongruous objects such as a potted plant, or are found placed on minimalist sculptures that act as shelves. On a wall painted entirely green is a photograph of a cellphone being held up by a plant-shaped stand, giving the impression that the phone is some kind of perverse yet natural outgrowth. In a nearby work, an oyster-shaped soap dish is placed on top of an image of a garden plant, which in turn is resting on women’s razor blades.

Read the entire review on the New City website

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Review in Photograph

Chicago-based critic Jason Foumberg has reviewed Carson Fisk-Vittori's solo exhibition Women Weed & Weather for Photograph magazine. Foumberg writes:

"The gallery smells of the feminine hygiene products—Raspberry Rain shave gel and Japanese Cherry Blossom body spray—that are integral units in Carson Fisk-Vittori’s photo-and-sculpture assemblages, on view at Carrie Secrist Gallery through January 4. The saccharine scents are manufactured to signify cleanliness, and the artist coolly critiques the triumph of ersatz natural experiences. Fisk-Vittori’s artworks in Women Weed & Weather parody store product-displays and commercial advertising imagery to illustrate the extinction of the nature-culture divide."

Click here to read the full review.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Women Weed & Weather reviewed by The Seen

Critics MK Meador and Stephanie Cristello have reviewed Carson Fisk-Vittori's debut exhibition at the gallery. Titled Women Weed & Weather, the show is on view through 4 January 2013. They write:

"For her first solo exhibition at Carrie Secrist, Carson Fisk-Vittori has assembled a sharp collection of photographs – arrangements of ultra-faux still lives, as well as groups of combines, ready-mades, and assembled sculptures evocative of tableaus. The compositions within the work feature found objects within the context of product display. With a robust sense of humor, and a nod to the codified attitude of the marketed California lifestyle, Women Weed & Weather gestures to definitions of the iconic, both in popular culture and art history."

Read the full text on The Seen, Chicago's International Journal of Modern & Contemporary Art

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Andrew Holmquist
Modern Painters review

Review: Andrew Holmquist at Carrie Secrist Gallery
by Jason Foumberg, Modern Painters, 10/2/13

Must gay painting be flamboyant? Holmquist tries on various visual tropes from the pantheon of homosexual modernists in “Marco (Polo),” his second solo exhibition at the gallery. He dips into Hockney’s squiggle-line swimming pools and Bacon’s spare rooms of quivering meat. The titles are cheeky, such as those of the diptych Give and Receive and a pink-light installation called Rosy Fingered Dawn (all works 2013), as if innuendo were part of the queer gene.

Large gestural abstract canvases are typically the purview of the confident, the cocky, and the young, and Holmquist satisfies this painterly fantasy by flexing
his formalist muscles with cheerful, colorful, and sometimes decorative flourishes.

It’s all part of the visual lexicon of being a young, urban gay man today. Although there is little fear or shame in that identity, Holmquist inserts covert or coded imagery within his abstract geo-gestural planes, as if rediscovering what makes queer art, as a genre and a practice, different. Preserving this secret language is akin to preserving a tradition. But unexpectedly, and with talent, Holmquist’s “phantom geisha” series of ink-jet prints moves the conversation to the realm of advertising culture. In an illustrational style, and a restricted red and blue palette, the artist half-censors, half-adorns naked bodies with ambiguous but chic designs, proceeding into a more contemporary queer iconography.

Andrew Holmquist

Anne Lindberg and Andrew Holmquist
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2013

Carrie Secrist Gallery is delighted to announce that Anne Lindberg and Andrew Holmquist will participate in the TWO x TWO benefit for AIDS and Art. The event will take place in Dallas, Texas on 26 October 2013.

Follow this link to to bid early on OWN IT NOW works by Anne Lindberg and Andrew Holmquist. Both artists' generous donations were chosen by the event's organizers as OWN IT NOW selections. There are no reserves, and the bidder with the highest bid at the close of the auction wins the work.

Visit the TWO x TWO website to learn more about this wonderful event.

Anne Lindberg and Andrew Holmquist

Michael Robinson
Two Group Exhibits in Chicago

Carrie Secrist Gallery is thrilled to announce two opportunities to view Michael Robinson's work in Chicago this fall.

Imperfect Symmetry: A Compendium curated by Karsten Lund and Sara Black at Columbia College Chicago: A+D Gallery, on view from October 3 - November 7, 2013

Light and the Unseen curated by Julie Rudder at Hyde Park Art Center, on view from October 6 -December 1, 2013

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson
New York and London Film Festivals

Michael Robinson will screen work at both the 2013 New York and London Film Festivals.

On 4 October 2013 Robinson premieres his new 8-minute film, The Dark, Krystle (2013). For more information please visit The 51st New York Film Festival website.

On 15 October and 18 October Robinson screens Circle in the Sand (2012) at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. The 46-minute feature screens alongside work by Ben Russell and Margaret Salmon as part of a program examining utopia titled What Do We Do Now, Now That We Are Happy?

Michael Robinson

Angelo Musco
Conception documentary premiere

Conception, a new documentary following artist Angelo Musco, premieres at Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York on 14 October 2013 at 7 PM.

Trailer for Angelo Musco: Conception, a film by Robert Jason

Angelo Musco: Conception is based on the work, creative process and life story of Angelo Musco, one of today’s most compelling young artists.

Emmy award-winning director Robert Jason and Executive Producer Abby Terkuhle explore the artist’s obsessive work, making the connection between pain and beauty, passion and obsession, nature and the human experience.

Angelo Musco

Liliana Porter
Museo de Arte Latinoamerico de Buenos Aires

Liliana Porter: El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves will be on view at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires from 13 September to 18 November 2013.

For more information on this exhibition please visit

Liliana Porter

Expo Chicago
September 19-22, 2013

Please join Carrie Secrist Gallery at Booth #216 at the second edition of EXPO Chicago, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, from 19-22 September 2013 at Navy Pier.

We will exhibit new works by Andrew Holmquist, Anne Lindberg, Michael Robinson, Liliana Porter and Paul Anthony Smith.

Public hours:
Friday, September 20, 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, September 21, 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, September 22, 11 AM to 6 PM

Expo Chicago

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Medium Cool

Carson Fisk-Vittori will have works available at Medium Cool, an art book fair.

Medium Cool
Prairie Production
1314 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Judith Geichman
Unioned Labors at The Bike Room

The Bike Room
1109 W. North Shore Ave.
Chicago, IL

August 24 - September 22, 2013

The Bike Room is proud to present Unioned Labors. Prompted to pair-up for this whimsical two-step – a pretext to assemble six remarkable makers into intimate confines – these artists’ unions hinge, not on their practices, but on secular ties: father/daughter, wife/husband and professor/student.

The partners will navigate the Bike Room’s spatial peculiarities by the compass of their own choosing, pursuing crossovers and dualities that support their joint efforts. Their mediums will range from installation to painting, works on paper, sound and video.

The substance of the resulting projects is couples-specific. Ross-Ho and Ho weave common family threads that reveal the inevitable bonds of shared inheritance. Cultural nurture is also evidenced, however, as it demonstrates the art historical generation gap of each artist’s influences. Geichman’s intuitive calligraphies play against Piatek’s cerebral word collections in structured semantic liaisons. Their black and white conversations pose questions about the form and methods of dialect and comprehension. Gestural interactions pass between Aguilar and Cohen as they mirror and ricochet in time-based, performative vignettes. Aguilar, professor at Harold Washington College, explains how his mentor-mentee rapport with Cohen transmuted into creative tradeoffs, “...we had both been troubled youth with no direction, sharing a genuine interest in making art...we exchanged his energy and play for my focus and discipline.”

Of the six exhibiting artists, SAIC boasts five alumni, one current student and two professors. Their works have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Pacific Asia Museum, California, the Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois, the Terra Museum of American Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Roy Boyd Gallery, Roots and Culture and the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago.

For more information please visit http://www

Judith Geichman

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Make Space

Currently preparing for her solo exhibition debut at the Carrie Secrist Gallery this October, Carson Fisk-Vittori was featured recently on Make Space.

Fisk-Vittori frequently studies floral design as it relates to nature and artificiality. She states, "In western culture, floral arrangements are usually in the form of a round, dense bouquet. This is representative of a bounty or excess, and a desire to control nature. In Japan, floral arrangement is called Ikebana, and it is considered high art. Rather than the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of blooms, Ikebana emphasizes other areas of the plant such as stems and leaves, and accentuates shape, line and form. There is intention behind each aspect of the arrangement. While western flower arrangement can be seen as a ravaging of the earth, Ikebana represents a contemplation of nature and a harmony. In the 20th Century the 'Free Style' school of Ikebana became more popular. Rather than following strict rules, it is a free creative design that is not confined to flowers, every material can be used. I see my current work in dialogue with this 'Free Style' movement.”

Learn more on Make Space.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Anne Lindberg
GSA Art in Architecture Program Commission

Anne Lindberg recently completed a site specific project at the Richard Bolling Federal Building in Kansas City, Missouri. Commissioned by the General Services Administration's Art in Architecture program, the 60 x 60 foot work, curtain wall, comprises 270 pieces of dual layer glass and runs the entire length of the escalators in the Bolling building.

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Anne Lindberg

Angelo Musco
Recent Press

Please follow the links below to learn more about Angelo Musco and his recent work.

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Revista de ArteS

Angelo Musco

Press for our Summer Exhibition
New American Paintings Blog

Chicago-based critic Stephanie Cristillo has reviewed "New Work from Kansas City at Carrie Secrist Gallery" on the New American Paintings blog.

Cristillo writes, "An effort to define “Midwestern Painting” has been a major topic of discussion lately – not a quite debate, but definitely an inquiry. Carrie Secrist’s recent exhibition New Work from Kansas City, featuring work by Anne Lindberg, Kent Michael Smith, and Paul Anthony Smith, foregrounds an emphasis on site and contemporary practice in the Midwest. While the press release pushes against a read of “regionalism”, the exhibition suggests otherwise – though perhaps this ever-present theme of region is symptomatic of a larger condition concerning a rise in questioning Midwestern “standards” for a definition toward “painting,” the term. Strung together by a loose thread of abstraction, the exhibition features the artists’ differences as opposed to their similarities. Far from being a negative thing, New Work from Kansas City highlights some very prevalent issues in what it means to put together exhibitions with a Midwestern slant today in Chicago."

Read the full review HERE

Press for our Summer Exhibition

Liliana Porter
New Book: Liliana Porter in conversation with Ines Katzenstein

The Fundación Cisneros’ Conversaciones/Conversations series is dedicated to preserving firsthand testimonies of leading artists and intellectuals from Latin America. Argentinian artist Liliana Porter has lived and worked in New York since 1964; her work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in many public and private collections. Using a wide range of media--including sculpture, printmaking, works on canvas, photography, video and installation--Porter playfully mixes the absurd with the philosophical to create extraordinary portrayals of everyday scenes and plights. In this, the seventh volume of the Conversaciones series, Porter is in dialogue with art historian and critic Inés Katzenstein. She describes with simplicity and humor the ways in which her work blends the real with the representational, often in hypothetical yet convincing mini-dramas using mass-produced, kitsch objects that elicit both our compassion and laughter.

To order the text, please visit artbook. E-books are available via iTunes.

Liliana Porter

Angelo Musco
Cortex System at acte2galerie, Paris

From April 11 to June 8, 2013, Angelo Musco presents a exhibition of photographs at acte2galerie, Paris. "Cortex System" comprises four new works: Phloem, Eyrie, Vene and Ovum.

For more information please visit Acte 2 Galerie

Angelo Musco

Dietrich Wegner
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Fleeting Worlds

22 March 2013 - 01 July 2013

From 1800 landscape painting experienced an impressive heyday. Within this genre, artists paid increasing attention to the motif of clouds. These strange, elusive formations consisting of water, air and light appear as conveyors of different emotions and messages. Bushy clouds in a sunny sky contribute significantly to the positive atmosphere of a landscape and seem to be an almost indispensible feature in idyllic depictions of nature. A sky traversed by dark rain and thunder clouds, on the other hand, is perceived as threatening, while a band of clouds bathed in the glow of the red evening light sets a melancholy mood. Bizarre cloud formations, in turn, can be interpreted as enigmatic signs, as mysterious messages and warnings of imminent danger. A sense of foreboding is also conveyed by masses of clouds that appear out of control, occasioned either by natural disasters or by man as a result of technical intervention, such as exhaust fumes and atomic explosions.

The exhibition seeks to shed light on these different aspects of cloud depictions with a great variety of select examples of European and American painting and photography from 1800 to today. The presentation features works by Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, William Turner, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, John Constable, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, René Magritte, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Wolff, Olivier Masmonteil, Dietrich Wegner, Studio ++ to name but the most internationally famous representatives.

Dietrich Wegner

Dallas Art Fair 2013

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in the Dallas Art Fair 2013. We will showcase new works by Anne Lindberg, Andrew Holmquist, Michael Robinson, and Liliana Porter.

April 11: Preview Gala
April 12: Public hours, 11 AM to 7 PM
April 13: Public hours, 11 AM to 7 PM
April 14: Public hours, 11 AM to 5 PM

For more information please contact the gallery or visit

Dallas Art Fair 2013

Judith Geichman
March 30: Closing Reception and Artist Talk

Please join the Carrie Secrist Gallery for a closing reception and artist talk on Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM.

Judith Geichman will be joined in conversation by Chicago-based artist, writer, and curator Dana DeGiulio. They will discuss their individual practices as well as the larger state of contemporary painting. Audience participation is encouraged.

The gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607.

Judith Geichman

Art13 London

Carrie Secrist Gallery will present a solo project by Anne Lindberg at the inaugural edition of Art13 London.

Art13 London
Olympia Grand Hall
Olympia Way
Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UX

Thursday 28 February: VIP Preview, 4-6 PM; First Night, 6-9 PM
Friday 1 March: 11 AM-6 PM
Saturday 2 March: 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 3 March: 11 AM - 5 PM

Art13 London

Liliana Porter
Museum of Contemporary Photography 2013 Benefit Auction

Liliana Porter contributed work to the 2013 benefit auction for the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Porter generously donated Lulu (2009), a solar print. The benefit auction will take place on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 195 East Delaware Place, Chicago.

To view all auction items please visit the following website:

For more information on this year's benefit, please visit the following website:

Liliana Porter

Carrie Secrist Gallery
Chicago Magazine

For Carrie Secrist, It’s Time to Change Direction. Again.
by Jason Foumberg
24 January 2013

“Time Waits for No One,” reads the mammoth orange needlepoint sign by artist Amanda Ross-Ho on the wall of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s 20th anniversary exhibition. It could serve as a slogan for Secrist’s past, present, and future.

After two successful decades representing artists with her Chicago-based gallery, Secrist isn’t dawdling on the past. As her signature windswept hairstyle suggests, the 44-year-old gallery owner is always looking ahead.

Secrist started as a gallerist—a term she prefers over dealer—by taking lead of Gallery A in the River North gallery district in 1992. By 2003 she relocated to the younger West Loop district and finally put her own name on the door. “You have to do it,” she says of the eponymous nomenclature. Branding confidence, it seems, is required to get artists, collectors, and critics behind one’s vision.

Over the last 20 years, Secrist has seen many changes in the art world. The internet has totally altered the landscape, she says, because the gallery gets less foot traffic if armchair website surfers feel they’ve already viewed a show from their bedrooms.

The biggest change, however, has been the proliferation of art fairs. Back in the day, Chicago’s original fair on Navy Pier, and the original Basel fair “felt like the Oscars,” says Secrist. Nowadays, the fairs are like a plague, she says, with one opening nearly every two weeks. But that also increases gallery sales. Secrist estimates she makes 90 percent of her sales at the art fairs. (And yet, having a physical gallery space is a requirement to participate in the top fairs.)

The career of a gallerist in the relatively small Chicago market has never been guaranteed, and Secrist has survived many obstacles. For example, the gallery’s thematic exhibition about the pure delight of humorous art bombed when it opened the day after September 11. But Secrist kept the show open and viewers finally came around, even finding reprieve in the theme. Another hit came in 2008, following the economic recession. Secrist wondered if anyone would buy art ever again. (Spoiler alert: They have and they will.)

But these hurdles haven’t curbed Secrist. Rather, now with the help of Stevie Greco (formerly of Donald Young Gallery), whom Secrist hired as director in 2011, the gallery is drastically changing gears. Secrist and Greco are shaking up their stable of artists and picking up new talent to support, such as Andrew Holmquist and Derek Chan. It’s the only way Secrist Gallery can stay fresh, relevant, and alive for another 20 years.

Secrist is now heavily invested in refreshing her gallery’s identity. When picking up new artists to represent, she says she must be personally inspired by the work. And to emerging gallerists, she offers a piece of advice: Choose your own heroes.

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Anne Lindberg
shift at Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City

Anne Lindberg exhibits a site-specific installation at Dolphin Gallery on view through March 23, 2013. The gallery is located at 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, MO. A reception for the artist will be hosted on February 8 from 5-10 PM.

shift is a compelling 26-foot installation by Kansas City based artist Anne Lindberg on exhibit at Dolphin Gallery. This work represents her fifth in a series of site based 3-dimensional thread drawings. Comprised of staples and luminous rayon thread installed from one gallery wall to another, it effectively questions our notion of space and dimension. The form expands in volume as a wedge stretching across perpendicular walls as if at once catapulted and now captured and preserved. Utilizing thousands of feet of varying shades of white and yellow thread, shift creates or draws lines formed in shadow against the walls.

Anne Lindberg

Carson Fisk-Vittori
Real Time and Space Residency and Talk

A 2013 Resident of Real Time and Space (Oakland, CA), Carson Fisk-Vittori will speak about her work on 29 January. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information:

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Michael Robinson
International Film Festival Rotterdam

Michael Robinson's film Circle in the Sand debuts internationally at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film will be screened on 27 January and 28 January 2013.

About the film: A band of ragged souls conjures up an unstable magic, fuelled by apathy and the poisonous histories imbedded in the junk they unearth. Suspicion, boredom, garbage and glamour conspire in the languid pageantry of ruin. Feel the breeze in your hair, and the world crumbling through your fingers.


Michael Robinson

David Maisel
BLACK MAPS at CU Art Museum

The CU Art Museum the University of Colorado Boulder presents DAVID MAISEL / BLACK MAPS from February 9 - May 11, 2013.

DAVID MAISEL / BLACK MAPS is a solo show surveying four chapters of Maisel's larger ongoing series titled Black Maps. Composed of large-scale photographs, this exhibition leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through landscapes in the American West that have been transformed through the physical and environmental effects of industrial-scale water diversion projects, open-pit mineral extraction, and urban sprawl. Maisel's powerful aerial photographs exist as aesthetic and political archives documenting the impact of both human consumption and inhabitation. More than mere records, these photographs evoke sublime beauty and apocalyptic destruction, positioning Maisel at the forefront of a complex new approach to framing and interpreting issues of contemporary landscape and culture. Maisel's mineral-based, painterly color prints transform poisonous human-altered landscapes into subjects and objects of extreme beauty while simultaneously unveiling the magnitude of hidden ecological devastation that punctuates the vast interior of the American West, a space that is often represented in the visual, cinematic, and literary arts as endless and eternal.


Friday, February 8, 6:30 pm
Artist/Curator Conversation
with David Maisel and Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum, in the ATLAS building room 100, adjacent to the CU Art Museum.

David Maisel

David Lefkowitz
Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau, Northfield, MN

David Lefkowitz and Doug Bratland present NRTHFLD The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau: Northfield Slightly askew on view at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery in Northfield, MN from January 11 to February 8, 2013.

This gallery installation reimagines the town in which Lefkowitz lives and teaches.

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David Lefkowitz

Dietrich Wegner
Group exhibition at De Meerse Beeldende Kunst, Netherlands

Dietrich Wegner will exhibit work in the group show "The Cloud" from January 5 - February 10 at De Meerse Beeldende Kunst, Hoofddorp, Netherlands.

An exhibition about the meaning of clouds, reaching for the unattainable, the fascination for the cloud, scientific cloud, the pink cloud, the cloud audible, the evil cloud, the shadow of the cloud, the measurable cloud, in short, a study of the sense and nonsense of the clouds in the desire of the human and reflected in the visual arts.

Additional participants include pietsjanke fokkema, Niek Hendrix, Fennanda Eleveld, Marinus van Dyke, Janny Regnerus, Berndnaut Smilde, Stuart Semple, Danielle Lemaire, Conny Kuylboer, Loes Groothuis, and Naoyiki Tsjui.

More information:

Dietrich Wegner

Michael Robinson
Interview with Bomb Magazine

Medium of Sand
by Forrest Muelrath, November 27, 2012

In the early days of public television, programs such as The Medium Is the Medium were produced specifically for experimental video by artists like Nam June Paik to present their work; in today’s world of digital ubiquity it’s as if this early video art has been diluted and disseminated to the myriad of screens we interact with daily, creating a wash of video art noise that hums as consistently as power lines. Many artists who work with video, such as Ryan Trecartin or Actually Huizenga, successfully shout through the wall of simulated video reality with high-volume weirdness. Even more video artists are confined to the art world in gallery-only viewings. Michael Robinson’s work is striking because it communicates without transgressing modern media’s spectacle while, against all odds, accessing the humanity among the digital noise.

Robinson’s films are largely composed of appropriated media that has been altered, as well as original footage shot by the filmmaker. However, the materials and aesthetic are not what make Robinson’s films exciting—these elements are as much a part of a spectacle, as in art world spectacle, as the popular medias he’s borrowing to make his art. What resonates in Robinson’s films is a narrative of a poet’s words drowned-out by the modern media onslaught.

His films are loud, with an array of visual effects that have the power to alter physiology —the screening I saw at the Whitney Biennial came with warning about seizures— so it’s beneficial to see the films on the big screen. Nonetheless he has posted many of his films to Vimeo, and the following video translates fairly well onto the small screen.

Robinson’s new film Circle in the Sand, which premiered at the New York Film Festival, is a 47-minute fantasy of the aftermath of a future American civil war. I asked him a few questions over email about that film and his previous work in hopes that I might gain some insight into his process and general philosophy. Michael’s responses offer a view into how these films work: how they manage to lull the viewer into a hypnotic state with media that has dreamlike familiarity and then hammer in some cruel reality about the state of the world.

Read the full interview here:

Michael Robinson

PULSE Miami 2012

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in PULSE Miami 2012, located at Ice Palace Studio, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136.

Our presentation will explore linear abstraction and feature work by Anne Lindberg, Andrew Holmquist, Judith Geichman, Liliana Porter and Angelo Musco.

Public hours:

Thursday, December 6: 1 to 7 PM
Friday, December 7: 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, December 8: 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, December 9: 11 AM to 5 PM

For more information please contact the gallery or visit

PULSE Miami 2012

Noelle Allen
HATCH Projects

Noelle Allen is 2013 artist-in-residence at HATCH Projects, a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. A pioneering initiative of Chicago Artists’ Coalition (CAC), HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

Additional artist residents include Jessica Bardsley, Victoria Bradford, Jesse Butcher, Theodore Darst, Chaz Evans, Kristina Felix, Brent Fogt, Amber Ginsburg, James Green, Rebecca Hamlin Green, Kasia Houlihan, Jordan Martins, Christopher Meerdo, Ryan Miller, Johana Moscoso, Jake Myers, Kristin Nason, Rebecca Parker, Mothergirl Performance, Nicholas Sagan, Matthew Schlagbaum, Hoyun Son and Latham Zearfoss, as well as curators Jessica Cochran, Happy Collaborationists, MK Meador and Teresa Silva.

More information:

Noelle Allen

Liliana Porter
Conversation with Jose Luis Blondet

As part of the November 15-18 PINTA Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Fair, artist Liliana Porter will speak about her long artistic career with José Luis Blondet, curator for special initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum.

The conversation will take place Saturday, November 17 at 11:30 AM at Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY.

More information and tickets may be found here:

Liliana Porter

Andrew Holmquist
The Magic Flute at Golden Gallery, New York

Andrew Holmquist will participate in the group exhibition "The Magic Flute" opening at Golden Gallery, New York from November 16 - December 22, 2012. The gallery is located at 120 Elizabeth Street, between Grand and Broome, in NYC.

Holmquist will exhibit alongside Elijah Burgher, Joe Fyfe, William J. O’Brien, Tal R, Kimber Smith, and Patricia Treib.

This group exhibition's title is derived from one of the Kimber Smith paintings that will be on view. The Magic Flute is also the title of an opera by Mozart--a singspiel--a format that includes both singing and spoken word. In it the main character, a prince named Tamino, is sent on a journey to save his wife-to-be, which ultimately requires him to pass a number of trials ensued by a council of priests. A flute given to Tamino aids and protects, allowing him to "change men's hearts."

The artworks on view share a sense of spontaneity as they simultaneously adhere to aspects of known structures from pictorial history. Many of Mozart's coloristically heightened sequences in The Magic Flute were based upon Bach fugues. Similarly, the selected works demonstrate a painterly richness that lends a playfully theatrical twist to canon-derived forms.

Andrew Holmquist

Judith Geichman
Rockford Art Museum

Book of Samuel I (1990, oil and wax on canvas, 88 x 66 inches) by Judith Geichman is on view at the Rockford Art Museum through February 17, 2013. The painting is on display in the Anderson Gallery as part of the exhibition "American Abstract," featuring large, abstract works from the museum's permanent collection.

The Rockford Art Museum is located at 711 N. Main Street in Rockford, IL. For more information please visit .

Judith Geichman

Andrew Holmquist
SAIC MFA Open Studio Night

Andrew Holmquist, MFA candidate in painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will participate in the graduate division's Open Studio Night on November 9, 2012. His studio will be open from 5:30 - 7:30 PM; it is located in the Maclean Building, 112 S. Michigan Avenue. For more information please visit

Andrew Holmquist

Anne Lindberg
Group exhibition in Kansas City

The work of Anne Lindberg will be included in "Repeat," a group exhibition on view at the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, MO from November 9, 2012 to January 5, 2013. Participating alongside Lindberg are Bill Jacobson, Matthew Kluber, Wes Landis, Ad Reinhardt, Rich Stare and James Woodfill.

Noelle Allen
Group exhibition in Hamburg, Germany

The Chicago curator Tricia Van Eck and the Hamburg Curator Kerstin Niemann
compiled twenty works from artists from Chicago and Detroit and
transported them in suitcases over to Hamburg. With this group show they
present the diversity of contemporary art production in these two
Midwest cities. Chicago, the twin city of Hamburg, is the largest art
metropole in the Midwest.

Chicago artists: Noelle Allen (drawings); Carol Jackson (leather collage); Jason Lazarus (photographic prints); Kirsten Leenaars (drawing); Harold Mendez (installation); Lucky Pierre (poster and prints); Cheryl Pope (banners); Deb Sokolow (drawing); Deborah Stratman (video); Jan Tichy (video and book)

Detroit artists: Brian Baker (book print);Christina Galasso (collage); Scott Hocking (photography and sculpture);Steve Hughes (zine magazines); Chido Johnson (video);
Melanie Manos (video); George Rahme (collage); Gilda Snowden (painting); Corine Vermeulen (photography); Graem Whyte (sculpture)

Special guests: Cordula Ditz (Hamburg); Karin Jobst (Hamburg)

This exhibition runs from November 16 to December 2, 2012.

Künstlerhaus Speckstrasse
Speckstrasse 85, Hamburg

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Noelle Allen

Derek Chan
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

Chicago-based artist Derek Chan will participate in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico beginning in January 2013. This one-year residency will allow Chan to work full time in the studio and culminates in a solo presentation at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

More information may be found here:

Chan's newest painting will be featured in the Carrie Secrist Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition opening on December 14, 2012. Please contact the gallery for more information on available works.

Derek Chan

Liliana Porter
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2012

Carrie Secrist Gallery is honored to announce that Liliana Porter will participate in the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit 2012.

Liliana Porter's generous contribution to this important auction is a mixed-media piece from 2011 titled "Man with Pickaxe (pink shirt)."

Porter's piece was selected by Howard Rachofsky as an OWN it NOW item to be featured during the week leading up to TWO x TWO. The OWN it NOW auction bidding begins Monday, October 15 at 12 noon CST. The first bidder to bid at or above full retail value of the work wins.

Please visit for bidding rules and the complete list of OWN it NOW selections.

The full auction catalogue is available online also:

The SOLD OUT TWO x TWO gala and auction will take place on Saturday, October 20, in Dallas at the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House. If you are interested in placing a bid, please contact Trish Ireland, Auction Manager, at or 513.476.8455, or download an absentee bid form at

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and The Dallas Museum of Art’s Contemporary Acquisitions Fund.

Liliana Porter

Angelo Musco
Subject of Documentary Film "Conception"

Brainchild Films, a film and television production company announced a new documentary film starting production entitled “Angelo Musco: Conception” based on the work, creative process and life story of Angelo Musco, one of today’s most compelling young artists.

Emmy award-winning director Robert Jason, and Executive Producer Abby Terkuhle, explore the artist’s obsessive work, making the connection between pain and beauty, passion and obsession, nature and the human experience.

Robert Jason, recently in the press as director of Janet Jackson’s documentary “Truth” said, "While developing this incredible project we get inside the work and mind of this artist and discover complex and unexpected worlds we are not aware of. We’re uncovering the painstaking and time intensive process behind his beautiful creations.”

“Opening the door to Musco's visionary world is an incredibly challenging and inspiring adventure for us. There will be surprises, even for people who think they know his work," says Executive Producer Abby Terkuhle. Terkuhle’s credentials include former President of MTV Animation and Executive Producer of such hits as Aeon Flux, Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria and ARTSTAR, and he has received numerous prestigious accolades including the Emmy, Clio, Cable Ace, Broadcast Design and Promax Award.

“When I saw how Jason and Terkuhle stepped into the work without preconceived ideas and embraced all the possible aspects of it, I knew they’d have the mental freedom and creative vision necessary to bring this story to film,” said Angelo Musco. “The way they approach my work makes me believe not only that it will be about art, but it will be Art.”

As well as working on “Angelo Musco: Conception” Brainchild Films and director Robert Jason are developing a documentary about the life and work of world-renowned architect Richard Meir.

Brainchild’s team will continue location shoots for "Angelo Musco: Conception” through next winter. A sizzle of the film is now available at:

Please visit this link for a preview of the documentary:

Angelo Musco

Carolyn Ottmers
Drawings for Sculpture

Curated by SAIC faculty Carolyn Ottmers, Drawings for Sculpture explores ways in which sculptors use drawing as an opportunity to play, research and communicate their ideas before committing them to three dimensions.

Drawings for Sculpture is on view through October 6 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St, 7th floor.

Generating and visualizing ideas is an important part of any artistic process. It can be especially challenging for artists working in the dimensional world as they contend with issues of materiality, scale, site, labor, time and expense. The show features work by Carolyn Ottmers, Richard Rezac, A. Laurie Palmer, Juan Angel Chavez, Preston Jackson, and Frances Whitehead, among others.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 20th International Sculpture Conference hosted in Chicago from October 4-6.

Carolyn Ottmers

23rd International Sculpture Conference
Gallery Hop, October 4, 5-7 PM

Please join Carrie Secrist Gallery for a Gallery Hop on Thursday, October 4 from 5-7 PM hosted in conjunction with the 23rd International Sculpture Conference. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The 23rd ISC International Sculpture Conference takes place in Chicago from October 4-6, 2012. The Chicago conference promises diverse two-track panels, exciting keynotes, more optional tours and workshops than ever before, parties, open-studies, gallery hops, receptions, a spectacular Furnace Finale and more!

Please visit for more details.

23rd International Sculpture Conference

Gallery Weekend Chicago
Curator's Talk, Friday, September 21 at 3:30 PM

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in Gallery Weekend Chicago from
September 21 - 23, 2012.

Please join Carrie Secrist for a curator's talk and presentation on Anne Lindberg's exhibition "sustaining pedal" on Friday, September 21 at 3:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

More information may be found at

Gallery Weekend Chicago

Gallery Weekend Chicago
September 21-23, 2012

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in Gallery Weekend Chicago from September 21-23, 2012.

In 2011, a select group of Chicago’s premier contemporary art galleries came together to organize Chicago’s first ever Gallery Weekend. The weekend included viewings of new exhibitions and artist talks at Chicago’s top galleries and access to hard-to-secure reservations at Chicago’s finest restaurants, showcasing the city’s rich cultural holdings. VIP events included a collector’s dinner, private tours of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as an exclusive boat cruise – all by invitation only. After a successful inaugural year, we are happy to announce the dates for year two: September 21-23, 2012.

Additional participants: Alderman Exhibitions, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Devening Projects + Editions, Kavi Gupta Gallery, moniquemeloche, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Richard Gray Gallery, The Mission, Threewalls, Tony Wight Gallery, Valerie Carberry Gallery and Western Exhibitions.

More information may be found at

Douglas C. Bloom
New American Paintings

Douglas C. Bloom's work will appear in the upcoming Pacific Coast Edition of New American Paintings (#103). The issue's juror was Monica Ramirez-Montagaut, senior curator at the San Jose Museum of Art.

More information may be found at

Douglas C. Bloom

Liliana Porter
From Matisse to Bourgeois at MoMA

From June 13, 2012 to January 7, 2013, Liliana Porter's 1967 portfolio of ten etchings, titled "Man," will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the exhibition "From Matisse to Bourgeois."

This exhibition, which showcases some 80 prints and artists’ books the Museum has acquired over the past two years, reveals how an art collection is always a work in progress. On view for the first time at MoMA, these seminal works in the history of printmaking span more than a century, from 1888 to 2011—with some contextualized by related works already in the collection. Pablo Picasso's 1937 print The Weeping Woman, acquired in 2011—which filled one of the last major gaps in MoMA’s holdings of works by the artist—is shown alongside the third state of the same image, which joined the collection in 1999. Likewise, Charles White's 1958 linoleum cut Solid as a Rock (My God Is Rock), acquired in 2010, is complemented by a lithograph by White that was donated to the Museum more than 40 years ago, illuminating White’s widespread impact on a younger generation of artists. Other highlights include Jasper Johns’s celebrated screenprint Flags I (1973), two vertical flags printed with 31 screens, which adds a key example of Johns’ early screenprinting to the collection. The exhibition also addresses more experimental processes that have often led to rare or one-of-a-kind works, from James Ensor’s hand-colored Deadly Sins (1888–1904) and a group of Henri Matisse’s monotypes (1914–15), to a recent monumental cyanotype by Christian Marclay.

Liliana Porter

Kim Keever
The Perfect Storm at Julie Saul Gallery

Kim Keever will exhibit alongside Julie Heffernan, Bill Jacobson, Lori Nix and others in the group show "The Perfect Storm" at Julie Saul Gallery, New York. The exhibition opens June 28 from 6-8 and continues through August 17.

For information on available editions by Kim Keever, please contact 312.491.0917.

Kim Keever

Angelo Musco
Domus (Israel) cover and feature article

Angelo Musco's work is the subject of a cover article and 11-page feature in the summer edition of Domus (Israel).

Please contact the gallery for more information or to request a PDF version of the Domus article.

Angelo Musco

Anne Lindberg
"Silence" at Masters & Pelavin

Anne Lindberg will participate in "Silence," a group exhibition curated by Estonian artist and curator Jaanika Peerna. The exhibition will open 24 May 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at Masters & Pelavin in New York.

An excerpt from Ms. Peerna's press release:

Recent neurological studies have found that such emotions and behaviors as goodwill, security, fear, anxiety, self-protection, gravity, sexuality, and compulsiveness, generate from humans lower cerebral core. American artist Anne Lindberg’s works inhabit a non-verbal place resonant with such primal human conditions. In Sleep (2005), Lindberg presents the viewer with a white cantilever bed, just large enough for one person to rest on, which hangs from the gallery wall. The fabric, white sheets and pillow cases, are covered in hand stitched texts from The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke, 1975: “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow—I feel my fate in what I cannot fear—I learn by going where I have to go.” Systemic and non-representational, Lindberg’s work is subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive.

Other participants include Peter Baumann, Janine Magelsen, Kazumi Tanaka, Thomas Fougeirol, Kaido Ole, Jaan Toomik, Jaanika Peerna and Krista Mölder.

Anne Lindberg

Derek Chan
threewalls Community Supported Art program

Derek Chan is included in the Spring 2012 Community Supported Art program initiated by threewalls, Chicago.

The program offers a reasonably priced way to support Chicago artists and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return. This season, the edition size is more limited: 30 pieces only. Shares cost $400 for a single share of 4 artworks and $850 for a family-size share of 8 artworks, including 2 tickets to threewalls spring gala (value $200.00). Subscribers receive signed and numbered artworks at two release events in late May and late June. Shares are a curated mix of mediums, disciplines and conceptual projects, each one will be unique.

Community Supported Art Chicago is a twice-yearly art subscription service of locally produced art. Borrowing the model of Community-Supported Agriculture, where consumers invest in a local farm and get a monthly payout of fruits and vegetables, threewalls asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with that same mentality. CSA Chicago makes the process of collecting contemporary art affordable and accessible.

Please visit the following website for more information and to participate in the CSA:

Derek Chan

PULSE New York 2012
May 3 - 6

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in PULSE New York 2012, held at the Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street in NYC.

We will exhibit work by Derek Chan, Anne Lindberg, Angelo Musco and Liliana Porter.

Press Preview
Thursday, May 3: 9 AM - noon

VIP Preview
Friday, May 4: 9 AM - 10 AM

Public Hours:
Friday, May 4: 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday, May 5: 12 PM - 8 PM
Sunday, May 6: 12 PM - 5 PM

Please visit for further information on the art fair.

Andrew Holmquist
Temporal Figuration at LVL3 Gallery, Chicago

Andrew Holmquist will participate in "Temporal Figuration" at LVL3 opening Saturday, April 14th from 6:00pm-10:00pm. LVL3 is located at 1542 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.

Holmquist will exhibit work alongside Jade Walker, a sculptor based in Austin, and David Brandon Geeting, a photographer based in Brooklyn.

"Temporal Figuration" explores the loose and playful use of figural elements in each of the three artists’ work. David Brandon Geeting employs commonplace techniques to explore visual possibilities in the seemingly banal, giving his inanimate subjects a human feeling. Andrew Holmquist combines abstraction with fragments of figural representation to depict elements, both tangible and impalpable, of the human experience. Jade Walker evokes and explores bodily forms and gender duality, piecing together found objects to create abstract sculptures. Each artist pulls the art out of the everyday and the ordinary with the manipulation of medium and material process.

Dallas Art Fair 2012
April 12 - 15

Carrie Secrist Gallery will participate in the 2012 Dallas Art Fair, held at 1807 Ross Avenue in the Dallas Arts District.

We will exhibit work by Douglas C. Bloom, Anne Lindberg, Angelo Musco, Jamisen Ogg, Javier Pinon, Liliana Porter and Hiro Yokose.

Preview Gala, benefiting the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary

Thursday, April 12: 7 PM to 10 PM

Public Show Hours

Friday, April 13: 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, April 14: 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, April 15: 11 AM to 5 PM

Please see for more information on the art fair.

Dallas Art Fair 2012

Antonia Contro
American Philosophical Society Museum, Philadelphia

The American Philosophical Society Museum has commissioned Chicago-based artist Antonia Contro to create an exhibition pairing her art with pieces from the APS collections. Tempus Fugit opens April 13, 2012 in the museum's Philadelphia space, 104 South Fifth St.

In Contro’s words:

I have selected pieces from the library and museum’s extraordinary collections and placed them in conversation with my own art. They are bound in a variety of ways—situated in relationships that illuminate aesthetic similarities and contrasts. The exhibition weaves them together thematically and also presents them in ambiguous associations, inviting relative and subjective discoveries.

Time is the leitmotiv, a compelling organizing principle, the “search engine” that allows me to mine the veritable time capsule of APS…Time has shaped the venerable institution of the APS and its collections in infinite ways– the desire to preserve the past and understand the present and to pass those legacies to future generations, the race against time, and the simultaneous attempt to understand it are universal human yearnings. The quest for knowledge and the search for the meaning of life and explanations of the universe’s mysteries are inextricably linked to time.

Read more:

Antonia Contro

Anne Lindberg
Modal Lines at the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art presents a solo installation by Anne Lindberg titled "Modal Lines," opening March 24 through July 15, 2012. Lindberg's work will be on view in the Casazza Gallery.

Anne Lindberg creates subtle drawings and installations that blur the line between traditional media. Made from colored thread and graphite, her meditative works are studies in formal abstraction, complicating viewers’ perceptions of relationships to the objects themselves.

Lindberg’s graphite drawings made from thousands of parallel lines appear to vibrate on paper. Systemic and non-representational, they are subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive. Her more recent room-sized thread installations consist of thousands of strands of fine threads in different hues suspended carefully from the wall. Viewers peer through the layers to experience a shifting color palette altered by subtle lighting and shadow. In these installations, Lindberg explains that she “discovered an optical and spatial phenomenon that spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision. The work also references physiological systems—such as heartbeat, respiration, neural paths, equilibrium—and psychological states.”

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Anne Lindberg

Phyllis Bramson

As of March 2012, Phyllis Bramson will be represented by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago. We wish Phyllis the very best in her future endeavors.

Angelo Musco
Parthenogenesis Sequence debuts during 2012 New York Armory

In conjunction with the VIP calendar of the 2012 New York Armory show, Angelo Musco presents Parthenogenesis Sequence, a video installation debuting at the Italian Cultural Institute.

The sequence depicts mothers’ dreams/nightmares of a tumultuous pregnancy, apropos of the artist’s own difficult birth. The 11 videos, in 11 different locations linked by the 41st parallel (which intersects both Musco’s birthplace and adopted home), last 11 minutes, all signifying Musco’s 11 months in the womb.

Opening reception Thursday, March 8, from 6-8; on view through Sunday, March 11.

Italian Cultural Institute in New York
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

For more information please visit the following website:

Angelo Musco

Joy Episalla
"Dreams and Ghosts" at aeroplastics contemporary

Joy Episalla will present a solo exhibition titled "Dreams and Ghosts" at aeroplastics contemporary from March 2 - April 7, 2012.

aeroplastics contemporary is located at 32 Rue Blanche Str. in Brussels, Belgium. Please find more information on their website

Joy Episalla

Dietrich Wegner at Bellevue Arts Museum
March 1 - May 27, 2012

While the therapeutic benefit of art has long been accepted, a surprisingly small number of exhibitions has focused on the work of artists seeking healing through their art. This spring, Bellevue Arts Museum is pleased to present Making Mends, bringing together a stellar line-up of national and international artists. Focusing not on brokenness, but on the sense of hope and perseverance, they come to terms with traumatic experiences through the act of creation. What is produced in response is honest, compelling, sometimes humorous, and a departure point to investigate what it is that drives the human spirit and our own path to healing.

Featured artists include: Debra Baxter, Ben Diller, Cynthia Giachetti, Joey Gottbrath, Margot Quan Knight, Catherine Grisez, Lynne Saad, Vik Muniz, Donna Sharrett, Ehren Tool, Paul Villinski, Anna Von Mertens, Barb Smith, Dietrich Wegner, Motoi Yamamoto, Jennifer Zwick and the Combat Paper Project.

Dietrich Wegner at Bellevue Arts Museum

David Lefkowitz
LIFELIKE at the Walker Art Center

David Lefkowitz is among the featured artists in Lifelike, on view at the Walker Art Center from February 21-May 27, 2012. The exhibit invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often painstakingly rendered, and sometimes surreal. This international, multigenerational group exhibition surveys over 90 works from the 1960s to the present by more than 50 artists.

Lefkowitz is represented by selections from his "Fixtures" series of small trompe l'oeil paintings of wall sockets, thermostats, security monitors and other curious artifacts which resemble those found in almost every structure built since the advent of electricity. The paintings will be hidden in plain sight scattered throughout the exhibition and other nooks and crannies of the Walker Art Center.

The exhibition opens with a party the evening of February 24 and conversation with LA-based critic Michael Duncan, Lifelike artists James Casebere, and exhibition curator Siri Engberg on February 25. For more information please see .

As part of the additional programming for Lifelike, Lefkowitz will be giving a Gallery Talk on Thursday, April 19 at 7 PM.

David Lefkowitz

Angelo Musco
Feature on Huffington Post website

Angelo Musco's childhood story could arguably be a terrifying fairy tale. His mother gave birth to four children before him, each one bigger than the last. The Italian-born, New York-bred artist barely survived at a whopping 14 pounds, and was paralyzed on the right side of his body for the first few years of his life. To this day his work pays tribute to the surreal and mythical -- recognizing how nothing, even your own body, is ever familiar.

Please follow the link to view the full article, including photographs and videos:

Angelo Musco

Phyllis Bramson
FIGURISM: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery presents Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection. Organized by Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton of the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, the exhibition brings together historical and contemporary artwork that emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive figure in Midwest art. It does not try to define a regional figurative tradition but shows how ‘figurism’ has endured and evolved into pluralistic, eclectic, and highly individualized expressions.

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
James R. Thompson Center, Chicago
100 W. Randolph 2-100
Chicago, IL 60601

Show dates: January 30–May 25, 2012

Reception: Friday, February 3, from 5-7 PM

Derek Chan at President's Gallery /Harold Washington College
Speak Forward

Derek Chan will exhibit in "Speak Forward" at the President's Gallery at Harold Washington College, Chicago. Chan will show alongside Daniel G. Baird and Judy Natal from January 16 - March 2, 2012.

A public reception for "Speak Forward" will take place Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.

President's Gallery
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake Street, room 1105
Chicago, IL

Derek Chan at President's Gallery /Harold Washington College

Megan Greene at Hyde Park Art Center
Stylish Breed

Megan Greene will participate in "Stylish Breed," a two-person exhibition (with Elaine Bradford) at the Hyde Park Art Center from January 15 - April 7.

Curated by director of exhibitions Allison Peters Quinn, "Stylish Breed" opens this Sunday, January 15 from 3-5 PM. Megan Greene will give a talk at the opening.

Hyde Park Art Center is located 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL.

For more information:

Megan Greene at Hyde Park Art Center

Carolyn Ottmers - Elmhurst Art Museum

Carolyn Ottmers "Splice" at Elmhurst Art Museum
January 13 - March 10, 2012

Splice, Carolyn Ottmer’s installation of hanging vines and branches cast in stainless steel create a canopy of silver growth in EAM’s Hostetler Gallery. A hybrid of organic form, technical process and the use of specialized material, plant life that thrives in urban environments inspires the sculptures—like veins breaking through cracks in a sidewalk to clamber up inhospitable concrete walls.

Through a mastery of metal casting, Ottmers uses multiples to reflect her interest in the diversity of nature and the industrial production of objects. The construction of Ottmers’ sculpture becomes the intervention of seasonal change by disrupting and freezing organic subjects into immutable objects.

Please join EAM for an artist led talk with Carolyn Ottmers and curator Aaron Ott on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This program is free and open to the public.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
(630) 834-0202

Carolyn Ottmers - Elmhurst Art Museum

Anne Lindberg at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Anne Lindberg will exhibit in the group exhibition "Placemakers" at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art opening Friday, January 13 through March 31, 2012.

Lindberg exhibits "drawn pink" (2012) a site-specific thread installation.

"Placemakers" brings together nine artists engaged in interventionist and transformative acts that make places. Working in multiple media – video,photography, installation, sculpture and digital forms – each artist occupies and re-imagines a specific site. The exhibition includes seven commissions of new work and spans 12,000 square feet of the Bemis Center’s first floor and extends beyond the gallery’s interior.

Other participants include Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Isabelle Hayeur, Tim Hyde, Cybele Lyle, Jason Manley, Zach Rockhill, Quynh Vantu, and Letha Wilson.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
742 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE

Anne Lindberg at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Megan Greene solo exhibition at Buffalo Arts Studio, NY

The Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, New York will exhibit a solo show of Megan Greene's works opening January 7, 2012. The exhibition will run until March 10.

Megan Greene solo exhibition at Buffalo Arts Studio, NY

Derek Chan: All Our Relations reviewed in Time Out Chicago

"Chicago artist Chan incorporates Native American symbolism into his new paintings," by Candice Weber, Time Out Chicago, 28 December 2011

When it’s not part of their heritage, artists who bring indigenous or Native American religious symbolism into their work risk patronizing or—at the very least—misunderstanding their inspiration.

Derek Chan avoids this train wreck by being a good listener. In his 2010 book Cries and Whispers from the Salt Song Trail: A Reinterpretive Journey, the Chicago artist chronicles the time he spent with the indigenous peoples of the Four Corners region in the American Southwest. His new meditative paintings also offer sensitive interpretations of that experience. In Glyphs for Protection and Warning: The World on Its Side, Chan places two small kachina dolls so as to reflect their roles as objects of instruction. Reminders of the spirits that infuse all things, living and nonliving, they preside over the brilliant oranges and blues of the painting below them.

This show’s title suggests a Jungian approach to human history as a collective consciousness. Painters’ references to Jungian symbols tend to be heavy-handed, but Chan’s are refreshingly vague. The symbols he paints are open-ended: the moon, an open door, the four cardinal directions.

Three beautiful panel paintings—Origin, Cosmic Weaver (detail pictured) and Gateway—combine these basic mystical symbols with Chan’s distinctive mark making and eye for pattern. Standing before Gateway, the viewer can peer through a six-foot-high rip torn across the evening desert sky, deep into outer (or inner) space. Throughout “All Our Relations,” from the precise ink brushstrokes of Black Smile to the cosmic composition of the spacescape Eclipse, Chan’s skill as a painter is evident.

Link to article:

Derek Chan: All Our Relations reviewed in Time Out Chicago

Holiday Hours

Please note: Carrie Secrist Gallery will be closed from December 24, 2011 to January 2, 2012. We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 3.

Derek Chan: All Our Relations will be on view until January 28, 2012.

In the project room, The Living Book Production facility created by Plural and the Center for Book Technology will be on view until January 28, 2012.

Happy New Year!

Holiday Hours

Anne Lindberg
Lindberg awarded 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

Anne Lindberg was awarded a 2011 Painters and Sculptors grant by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. For more information about the grant and its recipients, please visit

Carrie Secrist Gallery will present a solo exhibition by Anne Lindberg in September 2012.

Anne Lindberg

Carrie Secrist Gallery booth at PULSE Miami named at "Must See"

Carrie Secrist Gallery, a PULSE Miami 2011 exhibitor, was pleased to be included in the Miami Herald's list of top ten "must see" booths in Miami this year. Our booth included an expansive installation by Angelo Musco titled Xylem (2011) which spanned a 20-foot wall.

Carrie Secrist Gallery booth at PULSE Miami named at "Must See"

Carrie Secrist Gallery at PULSE Miami 2011

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to exhibit at PULSE Miami 2011 located at The Ice Palace, 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. We will be in booth E-401.

Private Preview:

Tuesday, November 29
6PM - 9PM

Public hours:

Thursday, December 1
10AM - 1PM VIP Preview Brunch
1PM - 7PM

Friday, December 2
11AM - 7PM

Saturday, December 3
11AM - 7PM

Sunday, December 4
11AM - 5PM

Derek Chan
Chan to participate in The Happiness Project

Derek Chan, along with collaborators Lisa Alvarado and Joshua Abrams, will open Cosmic Workshop at 1637 W. 18th Street in Pilsen on Friday, November 4 at 7 PM.

Cosmic Workshop, an arm of The Happiness Project, will be open to the public November 3-20 on Thursdays through Sundays from 1-6 PM.

Using Aztec and Native American indigenous symbols, the three artists will explore happiness through multiple modes of communication - visual art, music, conversation, story telling, written handouts, and interactive activities. The public is invited to discuss and develop ways of living, acting, and playing that respects the Cosmic-Whole. Finding a balance between work and play, the space is meant to be a zone for exploring ideas, sounds, and words that encourage an open ended exploration of transforming reality through happiness.

The Happiness Project was curated by Tricia Van Eck, Artistic Director of 6018NORTH, a communal green space for experimental culture, installation, performance and sound.

Derek Chan

Angelo Musco
Musco's work featured in Daily Mail

Please follow the link below to read an article featuring Angelo Musco's work in the Daily Mail (UK). The piece includes a video detailing Musco's process as well.

Angelo Musco

Art Toronto
October 28 - 31, 2011

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in Art Toronto.

October 28 - 31, 2011
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West

Opening Night Preview:
Thursday October 27, 2011
A Benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario

Special Collectors' Preview:
October 27, 4:30-6:30pm
Tickets: $300.00

Opening Night Preview:
October 27, 6:30-10pm
Tickets: $200.00

Friday October 28 12 - 8pm
Saturday October 29 12 - 8pm
Sunday October 30 12 - 6pm
Monday October 31 12 - 6pm

Andrew Holmquist interview with Sixty Inches from the Center

Chicago-based arts archivists Sixty Inches from the Center conducted an interview with Andrew Holmquist, the artist occupying our main gallery through October 15. You may read the interview by following this link:

Andrew Holmquist interview with Sixty Inches from the Center

Phyllis Bramson
Bramson to participate in SOFA Chicago 2011 Lecture Series

Please join Phyllis Bramson for a public lecture at SOFA Chicago on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 2-3 PM; the talk will be held at Festival Hall on Navy Pier, Chicago, in room 326.

The topic of Bramson's lecture will be Henry Darger’s Bright and Guilty Place.

Artist Phyllis Bramson is inspired and provoked by the “censoring side” of Henry Darger’s images, particularly the feeling that his images might be often misunderstood or misdirected. In the presentation, she will address how her work and Darger’s art intersect in that regard, and the ways Darger’s concocted inner world has influencing her art making.

Presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago

Phyllis Bramson

Phyllis Bramson
Two person exhibit at John A. Day Gallery, South Dakota

Phyllis Bramson will participate in "Provocateurs", a two person exhibition including Adam Scott (Chicago) at John A. Day Gallery, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, from November 1-28, 2011. Bramson will give a public lecture on November 1 at the opening reception, 5-7:30 PM.

David Maisel
Monograph Publication: History's Shadow

History’s Shadow
Photographs by David Maisel
Texts by Jonathan Lethem and David Maisel
72 pages, 43 color reproductions, 16" x 12", casebound
Published by Nazraeli Press
Publication Date: Fall 2011
ISBN 978-1-59005-278-4

Themes of memory, excavation, and transformation are given new form in Maisel’s latest work, History’s Shadow. In this series, Maisel re-photographs x-rays from museum archives that depict artifacts from antiquity, scanning and digitally manipulating the selected source material. The book also contains an original short story by Jonathan Lethem.

David Maisel

David Maisel
David Maisel in the New York Times

David Maisel profiled his newest project, "History's Shadow," in the 1 October 2011 issue of the New York Times. You may read his article and view a slideshow of his new works by following this link:

David Maisel

Pulse Los Angeles
September 30 - October 3, 2011

Event Deck at L.A. Live
1005 West Chick Hearn Court
Downtown Los Angeles, California

Booth # A-9

September 30
Press and VIP Private Preview

Friday - September 30
2pm - 8pm
Saturday - October 1
11am - 7pm
Sunday - October 2
11am - 7pm
Monday - October 3
11am - 5pm

Judith Geichman
New Acquisitions at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Judith Geichman's work will be included in the exhibition "New Acquisitions" at the Elmhurst Art Museum, on view from September 16-December 30, 2011.

Angelo Musco
Musco included in group show in Brussels, Belgium

Tehom, a large-scale installation by Angelo Musco, is included in the group exhibition "Feminite 0.1" at Maison Particuliere Art Center, Brussels, Belgium. The show runs from September 15 through December 17, 2011.

Angelo Musco

Liliana Porter
Liliana Porter solo exhibition at Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru

A solo exhibition by Liliana Porter titled "Obras recientes" will be on view at Galeria Lucia de la Puente in Lima, Peru from September 14 through October 15, 2011.

Liliana Porter

Phyllis Bramson
Bramson profiled in Chicago Gallery News

Phyllis Bramson was profiled in the fall edition of Chicago Gallery News. You may read the article, "Considering the Chicago Artist," by Kevin Nance by following this link:

Kim Keever
"25 American Artists"

Gyeongnam Museum of Art, Korea
Curated by Inhee Iris Moon
September 8 - November 27, 20111

Phyllis Bramson
Bramson selected as a Distinguished Artist for 2012

Phyllis Bramson has been selected as a Distinguished Artist for 2012.

In 1997, the Union League Club of Chicago established the Distinguished Artists program. The purpose of the program is to honor select Chicago-area artists for their contributions to both the visual arts and the community. In 2002, the Club extended the program to include authors and musicians. Internationally known, the artists who have been inducted into the program choose to make Chicago their home and continue to contribute to the cultural well-being and world-class status of our community. Some previously honored artists include: Dawoud Bey, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Paschke, Barbara Crane, Michiko Itatani, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, William Conger and Vera Klement.

David Maisel
at Kohler Arts Center
June 26, 11:00 - 4:00pm

Explore the fascinating realm of memory through the work of over fifty artists featured in HIDING PLACES: MEMORY IN THE ARTS.
Memories are embodied in everything around us—in our culture, beliefs, objects, and relationships. Their reach can be lifelong or fleeting. Our search for new and inventive ways to keep memories alive is never ending, an ongoing attempt to keep them out of the mind’s deep hiding places.

Joy Episalla
at Murray Guy

Vision is elastic. Thought is elastic.

curated by Moyra Davey & Zoe Leonard

Josh Brand
Roy Colmer
Pradeep Dalal
Shannon Ebner
Joy Episalla
William Gedney
Roni Horn
Katherine Hubbard
Babette Mangolte
Mark Morrisroe
Adrian Piper
Claire Pentecost
James Welling
David Wojnarowicz

21 Apr – 18 June 2011

Kim Keever
Upcoming & Current Projects

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, 2011 (solo exhibition)
David B Smith Gallery, Denver, CO, 2011 (solo exhibition)
“Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities”, curated by David McFadden,
Museum of Art and Science, NYC (group exhibition)

Liliana Porter in Art in America
The Domestic Philosopher: Q+A With Liliana Porter

Liliana Porter says she knew Marcel Broodthaers's work only superficially before being paired with him for "The Incongruous Image: Marcel Broodthaers and Liliana Porter," an exhibition on view at the New Museum, New York, through July 3. Small and focused, the show includes eight works in a variety of mediums by Broodthaers (1924–1976)—including his projection of 33 slides, Sex Film (1971–72)—and 20 prints, drawings and paintings, from 1968 to 2011, by Porter.

Strong affinities between the two artists were quickly discerned, however, by guest curator Tobias Ostrander, who in 2009 had organized an exhibition of the underknown Porter (b. 1941) at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico. (He is presently curator at the contemporary art venue Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City, and co-organized the New Museum show with Annie Fletcher of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.)

Broodthaers and Porter are both deeply influenced by Magritte, who questioned the necessity of a relationship between objects and the words that name them. The objects that Broodthaers and Porter appropriate feel oddly out-of-date, and time seems to stand still—or move at an odd pace—in their films and videos. Both artists can assume the role of didact, though their teaching is unmoored from any commonly agreed upon knowledge.

Above all, the juxtaposition of incongruous codes of representation in both artists' oeuvres fosters an atmosphere of disorientation or bafflement-and no small degree of wry humor. One need only contemplate, in this exhibition, Broodthaers's Les animaux des fermes (1971), in which an appropriated pictorial chart of cattle substitutes the names of cars for the various animals, and, by Porter, a photograph showing a toy penguin conversing with a bust of Christ (Dialogue with Penguin, 1999). In these and other works, logic is abridged with absurdist results.

Born in Argentina, Porter has long lived in the United States, where she makes paintings and prints combining traditional mediums with collaged elements, usually small toys. Over the past decade, she has created photographs and videos that feature the toys; the videos are scored with extraordinary musical compositions by the Uruguayan-born composer and singer Sylvia Meyer. (For an example, see Rehearsal, a project Porter created for the Dia website in 2008.)

Though she spends most of her time working at her studio in Rhinebeck, New York, A.i.A. caught up with Porter at her Manhattan apartment on May 26.

Read more of the article here:

Antonia Contro
Recent acquisitions

The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired a complete set of A-ZYM, an encyclopedia prints, for their permanent collection.

Antonia Contro
Italian Cultural Institute

" A Sense of Place" at the Italian Cultural Institute, Chicago
June 4 - September 16, 2011
Chicago is one of the international Italian cultural institutes chosen by art critic Vittorio Sgarbi to be included in the Italian Pavilion in the World at this year's Venice Biennale. A film created by artist Marco Ferrari representing the 7 artists in A Sense of Place will be on view in the Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale June 4 through November 27, 2011.

Liliana Porter at the New Museum
Museum as Hub: “The Incongruous Image—Marcel Broodthaers and Liliana Porter”
5/11/11 - 7/3/11

“Museum as Hub: The Incongruous Image,” places in dialogue works by Marcel Broodthaers (b. 1924, Brussels, d. 1976, Cologne) and Liliana Porter (b. Buenos Aries, 1941) to highlight several points of common interest, or philosophical accords, that explore the politics of knowledge, pedagogy, and display. Bringing together the work of Broodthaers and Porter in one space, “The Incongruous Image” proposes a dialogue or exchange of ideas explored by these two artists. Marcel Broodthaers famously described his genesis as an artist with the statement, “Finally the idea of inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work straightaway.” Liliana Porter has posited that, “The only consciousness possible is doubt.” Positioning its inquiry between these spaces of insincerity and doubt, “The Incongruous Image” seeks to draw out, through juxtaposition, how each artist investigates the deceptions, dissonances, and incongruities that images and language can produce.

Liliana Porter at the New Museum

Angelo Musco
At Maison Particuliere Art Center, Brussels

Maison Particulière is a new art center born of a couple’s wish to share their passion for collecting art.
This elegant townhouse in the heart of Brussels by the Place du Châtelain has been converted into a unique setting that reinvents the interior space of a private residence, thus creating a novel approach to exhibiting works of art.
Maison Particulière’s purpose is to welcome those who are passionate about art in a stimulating environment dedicated to promoting discovery, conversation and exchange. On exhibit for the season, select works of art are distinctively intermingled throughout intimate sitting areas in the three stories of the house.
Central to the creation of this house where dialogue is key, are long-time art collectors Myriam and Amaury de Solages. Their interest in the arts knows no boundary, no limit in time period, no restriction in art form or genre, and no border in geographical preference. Sharing their passion for the arts is the driving force behind this most extraordinary project.
Maison Particulière is not merely an outlet to exhibit their private collection exclusively. Indeed, they plan on presenting temporary installations grouping several contributors: collectors, artists and others, with a passion for the arts in common. Each installation will feature a main theme which will serve as a thread to the subjective (and often unexpected) selection offered by the various guest-patrons. This unique space is truly a place to engage in exchange.
Opening on April 26, 2011.

Kim Keever
Indexing the World: invention, abstraction and dissonance

at The Art Center in Highland Park. Friday, April 29th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
1957 Sheridan Road.

Participating artists include:

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley
Judith Hersko
Kim Keever
David Klamen
John Opera
Timothy van Laar
Andrew Young

Antonia Contro
New York Public Library; The Centennial Celebration: New Acquisitions from 2001-2011

Prints from Antonia Contro's A-ZYM series will be included in the exhibition which will run through June 2011.

David Maisel at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment
April 8, 2011 – August 28, 2011

David Maisel
at Haines Gallery
April 6 - June 4, 2011

Bay Area artist David Maisel continues his inquiry into the dual processes of memory and excavation in History’s Shadow, a new photography series derived from x-rays of art objects from antiquity. Initiated during a residency at the Getty Research Institute in 2007, Maisel became captivated by x-rays of art objects from the museum’s permanent collections. Though utilized for conservation purposes, Maisel recognized the power of these images to transcend the original artworks’ context and familiarity, conveying messages across time.

Judith Geichman
Irritable Abstraction at Julius Caesar

Irritable Abstraction

Curated by Susanne Doremus

with Joe Baldwin, Timothy Bergstrom, Brian Calvin, Federico Cattaneo, Edmund Chia, Dana DeGiulio, Dan Devening, Cheryl Donegan, Judith Geichman, Andrew Greene, Magalie Guérin, Antonia Gurkovska, Seth Hunter, Michiko Itatani, Eric Lebofsky, Diego Leclery, José Lerma, Jim Lutes, Rebecca Morris, Sabina Ott, Noah Rorem, Erin Washington, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

April 3 - April 24, 2011

Opening reception: Sunday, April 3, 2011, 4-7PM

Hours: Every following Saturday & Sunday, 1-4PM, and by appointment

Megan Greene
Current Projects
Spring 2011

Solo exhibitions at Kinz Tillou at Dorian Grey Gallery, New York, NY and Katharine Mulherin, Toronto, Canada

Phyllis Bramson at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Seeing is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion
January 29 - May 29, 2011

David Maisel at Worcester Art Museum
Place as Idea
Through February 13, 2011

Place as Idea explores the idea of place as a vehicle for visualizing time, displacement, memory, and fantasy in works by an international roster of contemporary artists.

Kim Keever featured on NewArtTV

New York-based Kim Keever makes photographs of bonsai-scaled landscapes assembled inside a 200-gallon tank that is filled with water and topped with paint pigment and addressed with lights and gels to create convincing effects of clouds and atmosphere. His tropical vistas, sylvan forests, and mountain views openly wear their own artifice while they also display the fine-grained complexity of the real thing. Looking at them can be an otherworldy experience. NewArtTV visits Keever at his East Village studio.

Judith Geichman - Visiting Artist
American Academy in Rome, January 2011

Melodie Provenzano mentioned in New American Paintings
"Must-See Painting Shows: December"

Melodie Provenzano
Carrie Secrist Gallery
December 11- January 29, 2011

Kim Keever & David Masiel reviewed in Newcity

No two approaches to landscape photography are in greater contrast than Kim Keever’s color images of garishly illuminated misty, craggy “nature” scenes that he painstakingly constructs in a 200-gallon tank filled with water, and David Maisel’s large-format black-and-white and color aerial shots of the land as it has been scarred by industrial civilization. As it turns out, Keever’s contrivances are deceptively realistic, whereas Maisel’s straight shots often border on abstractions, especially his “Lake Project” series, in which he documents Owens Lake, in California, which was devastated in the construction of the Los Angeles aqueduct in 1926. In his most arresting shot, “Lake Project 6,” Maisel captures, from high above, the desertified lake bed, broken up into multicolored segments; his image would warm the heart of a passionate abstractionist were it not for its filthy and scarred traces of all-too-obvious human spoliation. As different as they are, Keever and Maisel unite on the postmodern dictum that “nature is dead”—the viewer is left to choose among hells. (Michael Weinstein)
Through December 4 at Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 West Washington.

Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror
CU Art Museum, Boulder CO
September 24 - October 23, 2010

The CU Art Museum recently acquired a masterpiece of video art by Liliana Porter, one of the most significant contemporary Latin-American women artists. The work, titled Fox In The Mirror: A Concert (2007), is on view in the museum's new video gallery and explores human vulnerability and frailty through a narrative of animated ceramic and plastic figurines. Fox In The Mirror includes a moving score written and recorded by Porter's collaborator, Sylvia Meyer.

David Maisel at the California Museum of Photography
David Maisel: Shadow and Dust
August 31, 2010 - Jan 1, 2011

David Maisel: Shadow and Dust will be on view at the UCR/California Museum of Photography in Riverside from August 31, 2010, through January 1, 2011. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs comprising two floors of the museum will feature the first museum showing of David Maisel’s "History's Shadow" on the first floor, and an extensive selection from his "Library of Dust" series on the second floor.

David Maisel featured on "Studio 360"
Public Radio International

Aerial photographer David Maisel shoots environmental messes -- like cyanide leaching fields and dried-out lakes. But his color prints are big, gorgeous, and mysterious. Maisel talks about his pictures of Los Angeles, just published in the book Oblivion, and how he seduces and betrays viewers at the same time. Produced by Trey Kay.

Angelo Musco Review in Chicago Tribune:
Angelo Musco's Aquarium of Wonder

By Lauren Viera, Tribune reporter
10:45 a.m. CDT, July 2, 2010

It's rare, I think, to experience a local gallery exhibit that has the power to completely envelop the viewer in the way that an exhibit of larger, museum proportions might. Italian-born contemporary artist Angelo Musco's all-encompassing exhibit at Carrie Secrist Gallery is even larger than a museum show, if you can imagine it. Experiencing it is more like a visit to the deep sea tanks at an aquarium.

Collectively dubbed "Tehom," Hebrew for "the deep" or "abyss," Musco's collection of enormous photographic mosaics feature nude swimmers shimmying in sync like schools of fish, intertwined in passion, struggle or both. The largest of the eight works here, which lends its title to the show, takes over two walls of the gallery's front room.

Large is an understatement. Two years in the making, "Tehom" is 12 feet tall and spans a massive 48 feet, wider even than the gallery's longest wall, and one end of it folds into a corner accordingly. Comprising 22 glossy, gorgeous panels of meticulously digitally edited images, the illustrative mural-like work features swimmers disappearing into dark holes that fade into the distance; some swimmers look as though they're fumbling toward the surface while others seem content to go with the flow. There are between 100,000 and 200,000 swimmers in all, and their nude bodies are positioned so gracefully, they have the realistic effect of swimming together en masse, producing imagery that's both beautiful and mind-boggling. (They're not cheap, either: Purchase "Tehom" or any of the other multipanel pieces here, and you're looking at an investment up to $200,000.)

Musco's art is a study in the human figure and their innate relationships with each other, from birth onward (it's noted in the artist's statement that he spent two extra months in the womb, emerging as a 14-pound baby). From a distance, Musco's models seem homogenous (I struggled to find one that wasn't Caucasian) as if they're part of some super-race, caught in the throngs of existence and not sure where to head next. Look closer and individual expressions emerge from the masses. No two are alike.

Angelo Musco, "Tehom," at Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 W. Washington Blvd., 312-491-0917; Through July 10

David Maisel and Todd Hido in exhibition at WPA

Permanent Impermanence
an exhibition curated by Larissa Leclair
featuring photographs by Christopher Colville, Todd Hido, Kate MacDonnell, David Maisel, Curtis Mann, and Doug + Mike Starn

June 11-July 9, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, June 11, 6-8pm
Exhibition Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm
Location: Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
2023 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The WPA is pleased to present the exhibition Permanent Impermanence. This project is part of the WPA's Coup d'Espace series which invites member artists and curators to stage their own exhibitions an programming in its Dupont Circle space. Come enjoy some great photography! Permanent Impermanence explores fundamentals of the photographic medium, through artistic expression in both subject and process. The exhibition will include works by
Christopher Colville from his Emanations series;
Todd Hido from A Road Divided;
Kate MacDonnell from 100 Ways;
Curtis Mann from Modifications;
David Maisel from History's Shadow; and
Doug + Mike Starn from alleverythingthatisyou.

Angelo Musco Review in Newcity
Review: Angelo Musco / Carrie Secrist Gallery

For a pure orgy of fantasia, check out Angelo Musco's mammoth photo-works in which thousands of nude men and women disport themselves underwater in tangled conjunctures and simulations of schools of fish. Musco achieves his undeniably overpowering and shocking effect by taking countless shots of small groups of submerged people, combining them in the computer to compose his gargantuan images, and printing on metallic paper supported by aluminum and plexiglass. Two years in the making, the title work of Musco's show, "Tehom" (Hebrew for abyss), tells the whole story. Measuring 12 x 48 feet, "Tehom" is ample enough for Musco to fill the surface with spinning vortices of bodies separated by a bevy of freer formations. Identifiable individuals pop out of the composition, bearing expressions that run the gamut of human emotion. Italian Renaissance philosophy championed the "coincidentia oppositorum," the conjunction of opposites; Musco's surrealism is right in that line. (Michael Weinstein)
Through July 10 and Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 W. Washington

Angelo Musco Review in Newcity

Megan Greene featured in Conde Nast "Traveler" Magazine
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"Greene a relative newcomer, builds poetic, quasi-abstract forms on top of Audubon drawings. She had an impressive show at Pulse Miami last December (Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago., Chicago; 312.491.0917).

Chicago Now article feature on Angelo Musco's show "Tehom"

Carrie Secrist just had a big opening on May 1st for an artist relatively new to the gallery, and to the world, and now Chicagoans have a few weeks to see the large-scale solo show in the West Loop gallery. The young Italian artist, Angelo Musco, showed his photographs at Secrist's Art Chicago booth in 2009, shortly before a late acceptance into the mega-art showcase, the Venice Biennale last summer. The current exhibition, Tehom, runs through July 10th, but be sure to see this show sooner rather than later. I mentioned Musco in an earlier post about Art Chicago since I was already excited about the opening of the exhibition.

Musco's work leaves strong impressions of birth, life, nature, and order. When you see this show on the large scale in Secrist's West Loop space, the hundreds of swimming, naked bodies are practically life-size, diving and spinning, and staring out at you from the gallery's main 12' x 48' wall. While the subjects are moving in tight formations together under the water, light from an implied surface above is clearly shining through.

The story I got over the weekend was that Musco was born in Italy, and he was in the womb for 11 months after a complicated pregnancy. When he was finally born, he weighed 14lbs! Today, his art is concerned with internal structures, underwater worlds, nature and human life. To create his magical scenes, Musco takes tens of thousands of photographs of 80 nude models and then creates a Photoshop masterpiece.

According to Wikipedia, Tehom, the show's title, is the Hebrew word for 'deep' or 'abyss.'
The dark, glossy backgrounds created in the gallery create a new, enveloping, womb-like environment for viewers, as well as possibly a sanctuary. This is a show you have to see for yourself in person.

Time Out Review for "Then is Now"

We weren't sure how Phyllis Bramson and Judith Geichman would play off one another in a joint exhibition. Bramson's boldly colored mixed-media works feature droll large-eyed cats, Darger-esque girls and glitter-dusted landscapes that recall Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Geichman relies on gestural drips and smears to produce Expressionist paintings in a more subdued palette, which includes diaphanous pastels, hints of bronze and stormy bursts of black and gray.
Despite the differences in the Chicago artists' (and longtime friends') approaches to form and abstraction, "Then Is Now" reveals a sublime interplay between their works. Bramson's paintings fill the first room, their tangled fairy-tale motifs inviting close inspection. In Ring around the Rosy (soon they all fall down) (2008), cats wearing pants cavort with cartoonish girls in a field of poppies. Chains of flowers, some made of delicate sequins, weave through the scene, directing the eye to different areas of the canvas—and even beyond it, to a cluster of gaudy blooms hanging atop the painting.
Homing in on Bramson's details trains viewers to experience Geichman's paintings in the next room. In Herald (2009), forms emerge from seemingly random smears of paint, resembling the fluid, shape-shifting figures of clouds. Even without tactile embellishments, Geichman's works feel dynamic and multidimensional.
The artists present an enchanting collaboration: the painting The Three Melancholy Mystics (2010). The most rewarding aspect of "Then Is Now," however, is the way their divergent practices usher the viewer toward deep contemplation. As in all great friendships, Bramson and Geichman's differences are complementary.

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Megan Greene in CS Magazine, 5 Artists to Watch

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