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Glenn Kaino - GOLD, Bass Museum of Art

July 24, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Glenn Kaino has been selected for inclusion in GOLD, a new group exhibition opening at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida. Curated by José Carlos Diaz, the exhibition will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bass Museum of Art, and looks to examine how gold has been used in the past, present, and how it is referenced today by contemporary artists.
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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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Clare Rojas - The Provocateurs, Block 37

July 29, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Clare Rojas has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibition The Provocateurs. Produced by Art Alliance with curator Shepard Fairey, The Provocateurs is a multifaceted free-form exhibition featuring visual arts, music, performance, panel discussions, and more. Taking place during and in partnership with Lollapalooza, the exhibition will highlight many trailblazers of the contemporary art. The exhibition will run from July 31 through August 04, 2014.
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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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Glenn Kaino - 6th Street Viaduct Project, LA

July 2, 2014

Los Angeles artist Glenn Kaino has a big year ahead of him. On July 2 the City of Los Angeles

named him recipient of a major commission for a public artwork as part of its initiative to

replace the Sixth Street Viaduct, which connects the Boyle Heights neighborhood—where Kaino

grew up—to the LA Arts District. In addition to that very large-scale public project, he’s

preparing for solo shows at Kavi Gupta and Honor Fraser, and big installations in Washington,

DC and New Orleans.

“I wanted to say that I am very excited and feel honored to have been selected for this project,”

Kaino said at a press conference. “I have such a great deal of respect for the communities on

both sides of the bridge and look forward towards making a project that resonates with them now

and for future generations. My practice has been about using art and the techniques associated

with art to make connections—between seemingly disparate materials, ideas, people, and even

histories. I can’t think of a more profound challenge to me than to create something meaningful

in a place that already means so much to me and everyone in Los Angeles.”
The Sixth Street Viaduct commission comes at a moment of intensified activity and heightened

visibility for Kaino. In September he’ll open an ambitious exhibition at Kavi Gupta titled

“Leviathan,” and install his sculpture Bridge (2013)—a freeze-frame like rendering of athletes

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in homage to the Black Panthers at the 1968

Olympic Games—in Washington, DC, as part of the public art exhibition

“ALTER/ABOLISH/ADDRESS.”

In October he’ll unveil a massive new installation in New Orleans as part of Prospect.3, which

we’re told will include military tanks and marine life. And, rounding out the Kaino calendar,

he’ll have his second solo show with LA’s Honor Fraser in early 2015.
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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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McArthur Binion, Scott Reeder - "Another Look at Detroit," Marianne Boesky and Marlborough Chelsea Galleries

June 27, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artists McArthur Binion and Scott Reeder have been selected for inclusion in "Another Look at Detroit." The group show, curated by Todd Levin, is a joint project with both the Marianne Boesky Gallery and the Marlborough Chelsea Gallery in New York. Surveying more than fifty artists spread across more than 150 years, the show will run in the respect spaces from June 26, 2014 to August 08, 2014.
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José Lerma - "Eric's Trip," Lisa Cooley

June 24, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist José Lerma has been selected for inclusion in "Eric's Trip," a new group show at Lisa Cooley in New York. Curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono, the show will run from June 28, 2014 to August 01, 2014. The show will feature new works of all media, by artists Victoria Fu, Sheila Hicks, David Kennedy-Cutler, José Lerma, Margaret Lee, Judith Linhares, Rory Mulligan, Kamau Amu Patton, Nancy Shaver, and Mathew Zefeldt.
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Scott Reeder - ArtForum International

June 11, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Scott Reeder has been profiled in the Summer 2014 issue of Artforum International. The 1000 Words feature covers Reeder's 2014 installation with 356 Mission in Los Angeles, as well as Reeder's new film, Moon Dust. This is followed by a self-reflective piece by Reeder on the long journey towards completing the film, his inspirations, and his vision.
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Angel Otero -"Between Worlds," Galerie Isa

June 17, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Angel Otero has been selected for "Between Worlds," a group exhibition at Galerie Isa in Mumbai, India. Curated by Jane Neal, the exhibition will feature artists Ali Banisadr, Marius Bercea, Angel Otero, and Fiona Rae. "Between Worlds," will open June 27, and will run to September 20.
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Ari Marcopoulos - "Joyride," Marlborough Broome Street

June 17, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Ari Marcopoulos has been selected for inclusion in "Joyride," a group exhibition at Marlborough Broome Street. "Joyride" has been organized by Ed Spurr and Brendt Barbur, and is presented in celebration of the 14th edition of the Bicycle Film Festival. More than thirty artists will be featured in the exhibition, which will run from June 25th through August 3, 2014.
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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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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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Roxy Paine - "The Hidden Passengers," Apexart

May 30, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Roxy Paine has been selected to feature in "The Hidden Passengers," a group show at Apexart. Organized by curator Avi Lubin, the show runs from May 22 - July 26, 2014.
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Tony Tasset - Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

May 30, 2014

Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting, Parody & Disguise
March 29 – September 14, 2014
Curated by Michael Stillion
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Roxy Paine - "Bloodflames Revisited," Paul Kasmin Gallery

May 29, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Roxy Paine has been selected for inclusion in "Bloodflames Revisited," a group show with the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Opening June 26, the show, curated by Phong Bui, will exhibiting in both Paul Kasmin gallery spaces in Chelsea.
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Johanna Billing - Fittja Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale

May 27, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Johanna Billing has been selected for the Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, as presented by Botkyrka konsthall. Biennial curator Rem Koolhaas has selected artists and architects for the Fittja Pavilion who are investigating the extensive new architecture and city planning in Sweden throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
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Roxy Paine - "Symbiosis" Public Installation, Philadelphia

May 27, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Roxy Paine's sculpture "Symbiosis" has been selected for public installation by the Association for Public Art. The sculpture, as part of his Dendroid series, will be installed in Philadelphia for one year, beginning May 27.
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José Lerma - "La Bella Crisis," at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit

May 1, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announced that José Lerma will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. The exhibition, entitled "La Bella Crisis," is curated by Elysia Bowory-Reeder, and will open May 16, 2014.
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Tony Tasset - "Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present," at the Leila Heller Gallery, New York

May 1, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Tony Tasset has been selected to participate in a group exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery in New York, NY. The exhibition, titled "Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present," is curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, and features a diverse, international selection of more than 170 artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean- Michel Basquiat, and Marina Abramovic.
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