I’m back after a short break due to a nasty cold followed by a nasty computer virus that had very suddenly killed my laptop. Fortunately, no information was lost, but it did get me to finally get my act together and start incorporating multiple backups for all my files :) Unfortunately, the computer issues keep coming back and it’s still not fixed… In the meantime, I will keep attempting to fix it and try to stay on track with posts.
Here are some things I’m looking forward to this month:
Picasso and Chicago exhibit at the Art Institute – February 20 – May 12
“A century ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who would become the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. This February the museum celebrates the special 100-year relationship between Picasso and Chicago by bringing together over 250 of the finest examples of the artist’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and ceramics from private collections in the city, as well as from the museum’s collection, for the first large-scale Picasso exhibition organized by the museum in almost 30 years.”
“Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962 focuses on one of the most significant developments in contemporary abstract painting: the artist’s literal assault on the picture plane. Responding to the physical and psychological destruction wrought by World War II—especially the existential crisis resulting from the atomic bomb—artists ripped, cut, burned, and affixed objects to the canvas in lieu of paint. Destroy the Picture emphasizes this internationally shared artistic sensibility in the context of devastating global change and dynamic artistic dialogues, offering an innovative and expansive view of art making in the postwar period.”
Structures for Reading at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College – February 15 – April 6
On a global scale, the book is a rapidly evolving cultural object and commodity. Therefore, it has a particularly ubiquitous presence in contemporary art across disciplines. Oriented around text, (infra)structure and the reading body, Structures for Reading features artworks that house, modulate or mediate books or texts. Many visualize the activity of reading in new or speculative ways, asserting new landscapes for the consumption of knowledge.
(Looking forward to seeing one of my favorite college professor’s work in this show!)
And on a slightly different note, please consider this to be your personal invitation to come hang out with me and eat chilli at Spudnik’s Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off February 23, 6-10pm at Spudnik Press. All the details can be found here!