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Gallery Weekend Chicago galleries announce plans for fall shows
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CHICAGO, IL.- A select group of over a dozen of Chicago's premier contemporary art galleries announce fall programming to be featured as part of Gallery Weekend Chicago, Sept. 19-22. Established in 2011, Gallery Weekend Chicago (GWC) highlights the breadth of contemporary art in Chicago as the city's top-tier galleries invite national and international art professionals and collectors to their brick and mortar spaces. Invited guests, from Dubai, Paris, Vancouver and beyond, will enjoy a curated weekend of private gallery tours, exclusive museum access, special reservations at Chicago's renowned restaurants, artist talks, studio visits and VIP parties.

2013 Gallery Weekend Chicago (GWC) participating galleries include: ANDREW RAFACZ, ASPECT/RATIO, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Corbett vs. Dempsey, DOCUMENT, moniquemeloche, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Richard Gray Gallery, THE MISSION, threewalls, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Volume Gallery and Western Exhibitions. The fall programming in these galleries is as follows:

Gallery One: Wendy White, Pick Up a Knock
Gallery Two: Pepe Mar
September 20-November 2, 2013
Opening Reception: September 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
835 W. Washington Blvd.

Wendy White received her MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. A skilled multimedia artist, White's work are often composed of several canvases and incorporate both digital prints and sculptural elements.

The second exhibition will show works by Pepe Mar, an artist who specializes in collages, sculptures and mixed-media installations. A native of Mexico, Pepe Mar currently lives and works in Miami. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and beyond and is a part of major collections in the US, Europe, and Latin America, including public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, North Miami and Miami Art Museum.

Casilda Sanchez
Working Title: Quisiera ser tan alta como la luna VI, or, "I want to be tall as (to reach) the moon"
September 6-October 5, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
119 N. Peoria, Unit 3D

Casilda Sanchez' show at ASPECT/RATIO is named after a piece in a series of works exploring the performative body in space that have included videos previously shown in Ground Floor at Hyde Park Art Center. A New York-based artist of Spanish heritage, Sanchez primarily works in video and sculpture media. Her work is placed in important local and international collections alike, from Chicago to Brussels. ASPECT/RATIO will host the artist's first solo show at this gallery, exhibiting a variety of Sanchez's acclaimed work in video and sculpture. Less than a year old, ASPECT/RATIO is primarily a video gallery and was picked BEST NEW ART GALLERY by Chicago magazine in Aug. 2013.

Carrie Secrist Gallery
Andrew Holmquist
(show not yet titled, TBD)
September 7-October 12, 2013
Opening Receptions: September 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
835 W. Washington Blvd

Carrie Secrist Gallery will present new work by Andrew Holmquist, the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. An MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Holmquist makes painting itself a primary subject, forming pictures with copious ribbons of paint situated within a layered physical space. His forthcoming exhibition relies on experimentation in the studio, incorporating not only paintings, but also sculpture, animation and printmaking.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
Main Gallery: Rebecca Morris, Party Cut
East Wing: Robert Nickle
September 6-October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1120 N. Ashland Ave

Corbett vs. Dempsey will feature its debut show of Rebecca Morris entitled Party Cut, to include several new large paintings and a series of small drawings hung in chronological order. Known for writing "Abstraction never left, motherfuckers" in a 2004 painting manifesto when abstraction was out of favor in the art world, Morris has developed an unconventional, post-Bauhaus visual language that suggests new directions for abstract painting. Rebecca Morris studied at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and had a show at the Renaissance Society in 2005.

Robert Nickle (1919 - 1980) was a 20th-century American artist known primarily for his "street scrap" collage work. In 1994, the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Robert Nickle's collages represent one of the highest achievements of contemporary art in Chicago." Robert Nickle's work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, David and Alfred Smart Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum, Smithsonian Museum, Carnegie Institute Museum and the National Gallery in Washington. Nickle taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Scott Fortino
(show not yet titled, TBD)
September 6 - October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
845 W. Washington, 3rd Floor

DOCUMENT will feature a solo exhibition by Scott Fortino, a Chicago photographer who looks exclusively at Chicago institutions. In addition to his work as a photographer, Fortino is a patrolman with the Chicago Police Department. His photographs are a part of permanent collections in the LaSalle Bank of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and numerous private collections.

on the wall: Rashid Johnson
in the gallery: Inigo Manglano-Ovalle
(shows not yet titled, TBD)
September 12 - November 2, 2013
Opening Reception: September 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2154 W. Division Street

moniquemeloche is pleased to announce the gallery's fourth solo show with Chicago-born art sensation Rashid Johnson "on the wall" and her first solo show with internationally renowned Chicago-based Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Both artists are graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have had major solo shows at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art - Johnson in 2012 and Manglano-Ovalle in 1997.

Johnson first came to prominence outside of Chicago in 2001 when Thelma Golden included his work in the seminal Freestyle exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem that was the first museum show to feature an up-an-coming crop of young, black artists. His work was included in the Shanghai Biennial in 2012 and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012 is received the High Museum of Art Driskell Prize and was one of the six Hugo Boss Prize Finalists - a prestigious biennial award that was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art which cumulates with a solo show at the Guggenheim Museum. He currently lives in New York City.

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle was born in Madrid and currently lives in Chicago. Manglano-Ovalle is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships, awards and grants including United States Artists Guthman Fellowship (2012), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow "Genius Grant" (2001). His work is in the permanent collections of such prominent institutions as Guggenheim Museum NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently teaches at Northwestern University

Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Spencer Finch: Study for Disappearance
Judy Ledgerwood: Love, Power, Color
September 13-October 19
Opening Receptions: September 13, 5 p.m. to 7:30pm
118 N. Peoria, Ste. #1A

Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch creates light and mixed-media installations, photographs and drawings that explore the limits of perception and memory. In her essay for the monograph What time is it on the sun?, Susan Cross described Finch as a "modern day magician." Bringing together a scientific approach and poetry, Finch's artistic practice explores the phenomena of the natural world. Recently, Finch completed Following Nature, an installation for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion that simulates the reflective quality of water. For the fall exhibition, Finch will be exhibiting a new body of work including watercolors and light-based works that activate the front space of the gallery.

Judy Ledgerwood, critically acclaimed as "Chicago's most wondrous painter," uses color as the primary agent to question the conventions of modernist painting. Ledgerwood's work is represented in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. Upcoming projects include Chromatic Patterns, a site-specific wall installation in the Smart Museum's reception hall on view December 2013 through July 2014. For her third solo exhibition at Rhona HoffmanGallery, Ledgerwood will show new large-scale paintings that pulsate with visual vibrancy and border between object and architectural element.

Richard Gray Gallery
Alex Katz: Virtual Reality
September 20-November 2, 2013
Opening Reception: September 20, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
875 N. Michigan Ave

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present works from American figurative artist Alex Katz this fall in the gallery's new location in the John Hancock Building. The exhibition marks Katz's first solo Chicago presentation in five years, and serves as a milestone exhibition for the gallery, celebrating its 50th anniversary this November. While Katz's artwork is often associated with the Pop Art movement, the artist began exhibiting his work in 1954, and since that time has produced a celebrated body of work that can be found in nearly 100 significant public collections worldwide. Over the past six decades, Katz has established himself as a preeminent painter of modern life, whose distinctive portraits and lyrical landscapes have created a distinguishing aesthetic combining both abstract and representative style.

New Works by Gustavo Díaz
September 13 - October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1431 W. Chicago Ave.

THE MISSION is pleased to present Argentine artist Gustavo Díaz's second U.S. solo show. Díaz's work sits at the intersection of science and aesthetics and investigates the literal concept of contemporary art making. Díaz sidesteps popular culture and the recycling of imagery. He goes beyond art history and instead turns to astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy for his ongoing quest. He explores and develops visual representations of chaos theories, produces his own algorithms, and designs complex environments that mimic architectural superstructures.

Community Supported Art Chicago: Past and Present Editions by Various Artists
119 N. Peoria Ste. #2D

Community Supported Art (CSA) Chicago is threewalls' yearly art subscription of multiples, featuring emerging to established Chicago artists. Threewalls commissions artists to create new work specifically for this program, available exclusively to shareholders. Much like Community Supported Agriculture, CSA Chicago offers a reasonably priced way to directly support the art community and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return. Current artists include David Hartt, William Cordova, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Cauleen Smith, Jan Tichy, Claire Pentecost and more.

Valerie Carberry Gallery
Under Examination: Jim Lutes, Laura Letinsky, and Julia Fish
September 13-October 26, 2013
875 N. Michigan Ave

Known for his comically grotesque depictions of the human body and his elegant calligraphic abstractions, Jim Lutes creates a wide-ranging and full expression of the human experience. Lutes's masterfully-executed paintings are rich in social commentary and autobiography, taking images from family photos and lesser-known stories from American history. Jim Lutes is a tenured professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work has been included in two Whitney Biennials as well as Documenta.

The photographer Laura Letinsky creates atmospheric photographs that fuse the classical tradition of the still life with the spare, minimalistic tactics of contemporary art. Human subjects have not been depicted in her work for some time; rather, Letinsky evokes a human presence by depicting what they have left behind, materially or emotionally, in her images. Letinsky's visual narrative speaks of fragility, potential, decay and longing in the wake of human activity. Her meticulous photographs are at once off-putting and attractive, seducing the viewer but maintaining a clinical distance. Letinsky received her MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been featured at the Renaissance Society and most recently at the Denver Art Museum. She lives and works in Chicago and teaches at The University of Chicago.

Julia Fish is an artist and painter who has lived and worked in Chicago since 1985. Her delicately produced paintings and drawings probe the photic and spatial nuances observed from the interior architecture of her Chicago house and studio. Fish received a MFA degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1982. Her work has been presented in 21 solo exhibitions, and was the subject of a 10 year survey exhibition, View, at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1996. Her paintings have recently been included in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Volume Gallery
Jonathan Muecke: Open Objects (Vol. 16)
September 6, 2013 - November 8, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
845 W. Washington Blvd, 3rd FL

For his second solo exhibition, Jonathan Muecke's Open Objects is comprised of six objects designed for Volume Gallery that continues his comprehensive study of each object's unique qualities and dissection of their definition. Jonathan Muecke operates around the edge of design; he emphasizes each object's conceptual purpose and universal meaning. Open Objects is his continual practice to un-define objects while defining something larger. Each object is restrained and composed in design, raw and visionary in intent. Each project in is firmly tied together with the strong visual language that is inimitable, unique and undeniable.

Jonathan Muecke reinterprets common designs to call attention to their individual qualities, definitions, and purposes. Born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1983, Muecke received a degree in architecture from Iowa State University, followed by an internship with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland. Now working from his studio in Minneapolis, Muecke confronts and reflects on common forms to inspire the viewer to question the objects' universal meaning.

Western Exhibitions
Rachel Niffenegger: Flesh Club
September 6 - October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
845 W. Washington Blvd

Western Exhibitions will feature a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Rachel Niffenegger, who, using both rooms of the gallery, will fabricate a ghostly erotic club displaying skeletal sculptures and distressed fabric shrouds. Her sculptures and tapestries flux between statuesque and formless, sentient and petrified, through the restyling of elements: steel, fabric, and flesh. Fresh off a nine-month residency at DE ATELIERS in Amsterdam, Niffenegger has returned to the U.S. for her second solo show at Western Exhibitions. Chicago Magazine named her "Chicago's Best Emerging Artist" in 2010 and New City named her one of "Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers" in 2010, this after naming her the "Best Painter Under 25" in 2009. Niffenegger, born in Evanston in 1985, received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 2012.

Opening receptions and conversations with artists and curators at the various galleries are free and open to the public.

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