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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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Mickalene Thomas - Kabinett, Art Basel Miami Beach

October 15, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Mickalene Thomas has been selected for the Kabinett section of Art Basel Miami Beach. Kabinett is a specially selected sector of ABMB's programming, featuring separately curated spaces within larger booths. Fewer than thirty artists and galleries have been selected for the Kabinett sector, out of the several hundred exhibiting galleries and several thousand artists exhibiting at ABMB at large.
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Manish Nai, Ethereal, Leila Heller Gallery

October 15, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Manish Nai has been selected for inclusion in the Leila Heller Gallery's upcoming group show, Ethereal. The show will open October 23, 2014 and will be curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer. The show looks to explore contemporary South Asian art, exploring the spiritual reverence implicit in the subtle, atmospheric works of 16 contemporary artists.
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James Krone - Politics of Surface, Berthold Pott

October 15, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist James Krone will be featured in a new group show at Berthold Pott in Cologne, Germany. The show, titled Politics of Surface - Part I, has been curated by Alex Bacon and will run from October 24 through December 20, 2014. The show will examine the formal, technical, and conceptual value of surface in a variety of mediums, with an emphasis on contemporary painting.
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Tony Tasset - Art in America

September 27, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Tony Tasset's Spill Paintings has been reviewed by Art in America. The whole original review, with images, is available through Art in America's website. The review is also accessible through the Kavi Gupta press page.
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Roxy Paine - Denuded Lens, Marianne Boesky Gallery

September 3, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that Roxy Paine will be opening a new solo exhibition with the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. The show, titled Denuded Lens , features the most recent entry in Paine's on-going Diorama series that he began with Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN. The new diorama depicts a TSA airport checkpoint, rendered in full-scale in wood. The new exhibition opens Thursday, September 04 and runs until October 18.
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Glenn Kaino - The 5x5 Project, Washington D.C.

September 3, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist Glenn Kaino has been selected for participation in The 5x5 Project, a public art initiative coordinated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. DCCAH selected five noteworthy curators from across the country, and each curator was tasked with selecting five international-caliber artists to produce dynamic, innovative public works. Kaino was selected by Shamim Momin (Director of LAND, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division) to create an installation as part of his on-going collaboration with Olympian Tommy Smith. The work will be installed at 200 East Tingley, SE Washington DC. The opening reception for the piece will be Saturday September 06 at 5PM.
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José Lerma - The Unitedstatian, Van Horn Gallery

August 26, 2014

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce that artist José Lerma will be opening The Unitedstatian, a solo exhibition at the Van Horn Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany. The exhibition will run from September 5 through October 30, 2014.
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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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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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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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