8 Works to Collect at EXPO CHICAGO
Next Thursday, the fifth edition of EXPO CHICAGO will open its doors with a cohort of booths from 140 galleries across the globe. Housed in Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, on the shores of Lake Michigan, the fair will gather both modern and contemporary work from some of today’s most sought-after artists, like
The late California artist MoMA. This work comes from his seminal group of assemblages (a similar piece, The Box, 1960, is part of MoMA’s permanent collection) which entomb wax, shredded cloth, and other detritus in wooden boxes. The resulting free-standing sculptures, which resemble dusty relics discovered in a long-forgotten basement, give form to the anxieties that riddled 1950s America—namely, the fear of nuclear apocalypse.
Last fall, Richard Gray Gallery mounted a long overdue retrospective of
New York-based artist
James Cohan, last year. The intricate wall works, which resemble bird’s-eye views of patchwork countrysides and labyrinthine cities, are pieced together in Sime’s Addis Ababa home—an artwork in its own right, covered floor to ceiling in the artist’s elaborate wood carvings, sculptures, and vast collection of scavenged objects. This new piece mingles a monochromatic, angular green backdrop with swirling areas of bright blues, reds, and oranges inspired by Ethiopia’s land and age-old artistic traditions.
Lorraine O’Grady, Miscegenated Family Album (Cross Generational), L: Nefertiti, the last image; R: Devonia’s youngest daughter, Kimberley, 1980-1994
Alexander Gray Associates, Booth 327
This striking collage, in which images of Nefertiti and
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta’s Construction Chart #2 (Suggested Alterations), 1975
Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Booth 343
Sanford Biggers, The Danger (QC), 2014
Monique Meloche Gallery
Before 2016 comes to a close, the New York-based Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and London’s Massimo De Carlo among them. Biggers is known for paintings, sculptures, and video which layer techniques and materials associated with the history of African-American craft and references to contemporary black culture and race politics. This work is a strong example of Biggers’s quilt paintings. Here, he’s adorned a patchwork blanket, which conjures associations to the quilts used on the Underground Railroad to signify safe houses, with painted patterns recalling soccer balls and the beams of police flashlights.
In advance of Argentinian, New York-based
Alexxa Gotthardt is a contributing writer for Artsy.
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