Monthly Archives: September, 2016

EXPO CHICAGO 2016 & Expo Art Week — September 19-25

EXPO CHICAGO 2016
September 22-25, 2016
Chicago, Navy Pier

EXPO ART WEEK (September 19–25, 2016)

EXPO CHICAGO 2016, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, announces the return of EXPO ART WEEK, Sept. 19–25, 2016. Chicago’s most prestigious cultural institutions will highlight their unique programming and special events including museum exhibitions; gallery openings; installations; public art projects; music, theater and dance performances; and special dining experiences. This citywide celebration of arts and culture will offer art enthusiasts, collectors and curators all that Chicago has to offer.

EXPO CHICAGO takes place September 22–25, 2016. Featuring artwork from 140 leading galleries from around the world, it is presented in conjunction with Choose Chicago and the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and includes EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair and provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Art After Hours welcomes visitors and the community to experience significant gallery openings during extended hours. On Friday, September 23, 6–9 p.m., citywide galleries will open their doors for guests to get a first-look at new exhibitions while taking in the vibrant local art scene. For a full list of participating galleries, visit expochicago.com.

— Jules Cavanaugh

 


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Portraiture — alive and well

“Human beings are very avant-garde and are as worthy a contemporary subject as anything else.” (Elizabeth Peyton) 

Exhibition (Group show):
“Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection”
Through Feb 12, 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life”
Through October 2, 2016
Royal Academy of Arts, London

Two current major shows focus on portraits: David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life at the Royal Academy in London and Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection at the Whitney in New York. This double treat has stoked the flames of my abiding love for portraiture into something of  wildfire. I want to share with you a few notable portraits, created since 1917, and hope the works either feed or pique your interest in this noble art tradition. The tradition is alive and well. Quoting a David Hockney favorite passage from W. H. Auden’s Letter to Lord Byron:

“To me Art’s subject is the human clay,
And landscape but a background to a torso;
All Cézanne’s apples I would give away
For one small Goya or a Daumier.”

— Jules Cavanaugh

Note: Elizabeth Peyton quote from interview by Walter Robinson, issuemagazine.com


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Joseph Cornell — into the blue

“Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust”
July 4, 2015 — September 27, 2015
Royal Academy of Arts, London

American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), perhaps America’s first and finest surrealist, is known for his assemblage works — “constructions,” in shallow boxes, usually glass fronted — collages and experimental collage-influenced film works. Cornell infused his works with a keen sense of the surreal, transforming found objects into exquisite collections to be savored, of romance, mystery, sensuality, voyages of the spirit. A shy and reclusive man, who never left the New York City area, he invested his creations with intense emotions, intellect and a sense of curiosity and yearning. Objects to explore, layered images to dwell upon and within — his creations intrigue. Cornell’s first collage film, “Rose Hobart,” 1936 (view in its entirety below), was cut and reordered from found footage of a movie starring Rose Hobart and is viewed through a blue filter. The last minute of the film, marvelous!

Glimpses and pieces of the surreal, of the sublime, Joseph Cornell’s works lead ever into the blue — deliciously, just beyond one’s grasp.

— Jules Cavanaugh

Featured image, Joseph Cornell (American, 1903–1972): Untitled (Jackie Lane), c. 1960s. Collage, 12.06 x 9 inches (30.6 x 22.9 cm). © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.


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