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McArthur Binion, Angel Otero, Glenn Kaino and Mickalene Thomas - Piece By Piece: Building a Collection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

January 22, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artists McArthur Binion, Angel Otero, and Mickalene Thomas have been selected for inclusion in group show Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Hosted by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is drawn from the collections of Christy and Bill Gautreaux, and has been curated to explore process, pattern, and material, and how these tools are used to explore broader conceptual concerns. The show will open January 30, 2015 and will run through April 26, 2015.
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Jessica Stockholder - Palpable Glyphic Rapture, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

January 22, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Jessica Stockholder will be featured in a solo exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Bourg-Tibourg, Paris, France. The exhibition, titled Palpable Glyphic Rapture, features all new work by Stockholder created on-site in Paris, including larger installation-inspired sculptural forms, and a series of smaller works. This show marks the sixth solo exhibition Stockholder has had with Galerie Nathalie Obadia, and will run from January 22, 2015 through March 14, 2015.
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Glenn Kaino - Labyrinths, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles

January 15, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that Glenn Kaino will be featured in a solo exhibition of new work at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, California. The new exhibition, titled Labyrinths, is Kaino's second show with Honor Fraser. The show will run from January 10, 2015 through February 14, 2015.
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Curtis Mann - Verso, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy

January 13, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Curtis Mann will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Luce Gallery in Torino, Italy. The exhibition, titled Verso (Italian, lit. "Reverse,") will be Mann's third solo show with the Luce Gallery, and will continue Mann's investigation of the painterly and sculptural potential within the alteration, destruction, and reconstruction of photographs and the photographic object. The show will open January 15, 2015 and will run through February.
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Scott Reeder - It Gets Beta, Marlborough Broome Street, New York

January 22, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Scott Reeder will be featured in a two-man exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea's Marlborough Broome Street. Working in collaboration with New York-based artist Andrew Kuo, the new show, titled It gets beta, will run from February 21, 2015 through March 28, 2015. The show will primarily exist in the Marlborough Broome Street space, however, it has been announced that a second part will exist in the Marlborough Chelsea space.
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Scott Reeder - Laugh In: Art, Comedy, Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

January 27, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Scott Reeder has been selected for inclusion in Laugh-In: Art, Comedy, and Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. The exhibition looks to examine and celebrate the use of comedy and performance as inspiration for socially relevant contemporary art that engages and challenges the audience. The exhibition will run from January 23, 2015 through April 19, 2015.
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Angel Otero - Horizon, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

January 22, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Angel Otero has been selected for inclusion in Horizon, a new group show at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong. Horizon features the work of artists Billy Childish, Teresita Fernández, Tracey Emin, Angel Otero, and Juergen Teller, and will run from January 15 ,2015 to March 07, 2015. Built around the notion of a horizon as a component of a landscape and as a conceptual notion of the perceived intangible, the exhibition features works with both representational and abstract horizons that speak to each artist's literal and figurative perspectives.
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McArthur Binion - Art in America's Best of 2014

January 10, 2015

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that McArthur Binion's DNA Study has been selected by Art in America as one of the best exhibitions of 2014. The show, which ran May through August in the 219 N. Elizabeth St. space, was an exhibition of new large-scale works by Binion.
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Glenn Kaino - Art+Auction Magazine profile

November 22, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Glenn Kaino has been featured in the November 2014 Issue of Blouin Art+Auction. Written by Eric Bryant, the article, titled "The Believer", features an extensive survey of Kaino's diverse contemporary projects.
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Glenn Kaino - Prospect.3 New Orleans

May 31, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist McArthur Binion has been selected for inclusion in Prospect.3: Notes for Now, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prospect New Orleans is an International Arts Biennial event that will take place from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will present the work of more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in more than 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans.
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McArthur Binion - Prospect.3 New Orleans

May 31, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist McArthur Binion has been selected for inclusion in Prospect.3: Notes for Now, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prospect New Orleans is an International Arts Biennial event that will take place from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will present the work of more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in more than 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans.
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Tavares Strachan - Prospect 3 New Orleans

October 15, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Tavares Strachan has been selected for inclusion in Prospect.3: Notes for Now, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prospect New Orleans is an International Arts Biennial event that will take place from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will present the work of more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in more than 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans.

Tavares Strachan's project for Prospect, You Belong Here is described as "a fifty-foot-long, ten-foot-high neon piece as a message to the city of New Orleans, one that embodies the idea of endurance whilst prompting us to consider ourselves in relation to others, to the spaces in which we inhabit, and to the world at large."
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Melanie Schiff - Sarah Conaway and Melanie Schiff, Taka Ishii Gallery Modern

August 26, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Melanie Schiff will be opening in a two-person exhibition at the Taka Ishii Gallery Modern in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition is curated by Sterling Ruby, and features a selection of works from Melanie Schiff and Sarah Conaway. The exhibition will open September 9 and will run through October 4, 2014.
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Jessica Stockholder - In/Situ, Expo, Chicago

August 15, 2014

Jessica Stockholder is creating a large scale installation titled "Once Upon a Time." It is a site specific and interactive piece made specially for In/Situ at Expo Chicago (September 18-21, 2014). At 45 feet tall, viewers will be able to get a rare view of the festivities from within her sculpture. Stockholder's piece will be a truly unqiue focal point of the fair.
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Tavares Stratchan - Seen/Unseen book launch at editions Kavi Gupta

August 19, 2014

Tavares Stratchan launches the book and multiple of his exhibition Seen/Unseen at editions Kavi Gupta, Friday September 19th, 10 am - 12 pm
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Melanie Schiff - Trains, Night Gallery

August 26, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Melanie Schiff has been selected for inclusion in Trains, a group show curated by Sterling Ruby for the Night Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Opening August 23 and running through September 27, the group show features works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Sarah Conway, Thea Djordjadze, Erik Frydenborg, Piero Golia, Richard Hawkins & Marcel Alcalá, Annette Kelm, Jeff Ono, Melanie Schiff, August Thompson, and Brenna Youngblood.
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Claire Sherman - Sempervirens, DC Moore Gallery

July 24, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Claire Sherman will be opening Sempervirens, a solo exhibition with DC Moore Gallery in New York. The exhibition marks her solo debut with the DC Moore Gallery space in New York, and will run from September 04, 2014 through October 04, 2014.
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James Krone - The White Album, Richard Telles Fine Art

August 6, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist James Krone has been selected for inclusion in "The White Album," a group show presented by Richard Telles Fine Art. Curated by Gladys Katherina Hernando, The White Album features nineteen Los Angeles-based artists working in painting, sculpture, video, performance, and more. The exhibition takes its name from an essay and book by Joan Didion in which she explores various aspects of California in the 60s. Exhibiting artists address Los Angeles, and California more generally, as a place of myth, mysticism, and transformation.
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José Lerma - Cover of Modern Painters

July 16, 2014

Newsmaker: José Lerma
Interview by Scott Indrisek

A former law student who began pursuing art only at age 30, Lerma employs painting and sculpture in installations that refer to place and history in eccentric ways. (His show earlier this year at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York drew connections between the lead-up to the French Revolution and the 1980s professional tennis scene.) Born in Spain and raised in Puerto Rico, he's currently engaged in building what he calls a "still life" of Art Basel Miami Beach in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, assembling the work over the course of the exhibition, titled ''La Bella Crisis," using found materials. Modern Painters executive editor Scott Indrisek spoke with Lerma on day four of his scrappy on-site experiment.

SCOTT INDRISEK: How did the Detroit show come about?

JOSE LERMA: When I looked at the space at MOCAD, it lent itself to something like an art fair. I put a bunch of white tarps dividing the space to look like booths. I shot a lot of images at Art Basel Miami Beach last year, of a certain group of galleries, and I'm using those to make works that re-create or are inspired by those images. I'm riffing on work I saw at the fair, changing it around and reinterpreting it. One image came from Nicole Klagsbrun; another came from Landau Fine Art, one of those very conservative galleries. They're works I can use; I don't know if I like some of them. There's a really nice Joan Miro that we're using to make a huge, 20-foot painting. I have a month to re-create my own version of Art Basel Miami. I went out trash collecting in Detroit, and I went to some thrift stores. The idea is to create this thing that kind of seems like an art fair but really looks like a gigantic painting. I'm doing one booth every day, with whatever I can find around me. I'm using paint, too-we had a lot of materials donated from the Mike Kelley "Mobile Homestead" show here, that they were getting rid of. It's essentially like a still life of an art fair.

SI: How exactly are you reinterpreting the original pieces?

JL: l find one of the images that l like-for instance, one is of work by a Conceptual artist from a Spanish gallery who collected hundreds of tourist postcards of sunsets. So I built a gigantic sunset using reflective fabric and junk
that l found that was yellow, to simulate of kind of floating space.

SI: Overall, how does the concept of an art fair play in a city like Detroit right now?

JL: I'm not interested in the art market. I was interested in the labor part of it-MOCAD used to be a factory. I wanted an artwork that allowed me to work in here, clock in at 9:00, get out at 5:00, and sort of make stuff: in between production and art. There's this pressure to produce, no matter what. That, to me, brought it into the spirit of the city, the history of it. The show is of Detroit, but not about Detroit. l normally work with the history of a place, but Detroit is very intimidating; so many people have talked about it. You would have to be from here and really know your stuff. Originally, I'd wanted to talk about Puerto Rico and the fact that both places are undergoing this major crisis. But I thought it might be too arcane or too obscure to talk about a place that's so remote. So I split the difference and picked Art Basel, since Miami is geographically sort of in the middle between Detroit and San Juan. The idea was to live here for a month, to gather as much as I could-to turn the museum into my studio.

SI: Are you working with local artists?

JL: No, it's just me and my assistant. I have an allergy to social practice and relational aesthetics. There's enough art like that, let's put it that way. I like the idea that it's an everyday struggle, trying to figure this out.

SI: Do you feel that San Juan and Detroit are similar, or only in the sense that they're both cities in trouble?

JL: My experience with Detroit is limited, but from what I've seen, it's an ideal place to make art-if you have some kind of avenue to show outside the city. Spaces are cheap; there are enough artists to have great conversations with. And in Puerto Rico, it happens that we're in the golden age for art of the island. We've never had as many artists with an international impact as we do today, and it comes at a time when Puerto Rico is in real financial trouble.

SI: Was there one specific thing that pushed the art scene along in Puerto Rico?

JL: There's a series of factors, but to me the most important was a woman named Michelle Marxuach . She started a residency called Fortaleza 302. That didn't last long, but she set up a series of three exhibitions, one every two years, bringing in international artists. They were interested in social practice, Conceptual art, contemporary versions of Situationism- things that could be done in the city. Later she did another show out in the country. She brought all these Puerto Rican artists living in Europe or the United States, and they all met each other, plus they got to meet the curators who came down. Out of that group you have people like Allora & Calzadilla, who represented the U.S. in the 2011 Venice Biennale; Chemi Rosado Seijo; Bubu Negron. It finally put Puerto Rico on the map. Now, a lot of artists are going out, getting MFAS, and coming back with all this new knowledge. That's good because it's more international, but bad in that it kills a regional spirit that existed before. But Puerto Rico is very Auid, there's constant traveling back and forth. It's not like leaving for another country, or migrating to the U.S., which is a real hassle. For Puerto Ricans, it's just a plane ticket.

SI: It seems as if Chicago and San Juan have a real back-and-forth connection.

JL: There's a huge Puerto Rican community in Chicago, but the real connection happened through the Art Institute. A painter named Arnaldo Roche went there, and for me and a lot of people, that was the first exposure to this idea, that there's this school in Chicago and maybe it's a good idea to go out there. People saw Roche succeed- he was the only artist in the '80s that I can remember who had major success outside t he island, in terms of exposure.

SI: You show with Roberto Paradise in San Juan, and will have an exhibition at the city's Museo de Arte Contemporaneo at some point next year. What will you do for that?

JL: Normally, it crystallizes much closer to the show for me. I kind of wanted it to be a second part of the Detroit show but hopefully it won't be this thing. It's been a pretty intense month.
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Jessica Stockholder - "Glimpse," Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

June 27, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Jessica Stockholder is opening a solo exhibition titled "Glimpse," with Galleria Raffaella Cortese, in Milan. The show, openned May 28, 2014 and will run to September 10, 2014.
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