Michelle Grabner

Joseph Yoakum

December 2015

The fabulist and inveterate drifter Joseph Yoakum was known to claim that he had traveled the world as a circus man, a soldier, and a train porter during the first six or so decades of his life. In 1962, at the age of seventy-one, he took up… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

Erika Rothenberg

June 2015

Since 1991, Erika Rothenberg has employed the form and generic sentimentality of the greeting card as a means of examining a vast range of social ills and political injustices. Rothenberg’s cards, executed simply in gouache and watercolor,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

“Arlene Shechet: All at Once”

May 2015

Curated by Jenelle Porter For more than twenty years, Arlene Shechet has rigorously worked at the material limits of plaster, paper pulp, and glass. In the past ten, she has also—and with increasing concentration—explored the possibilities… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Michael Kaysen

May 2015

The exuberant pre-crash 2007 exhibition “Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramics,” in which sixty-four ceramic objects by thirty-one artists crowded Chelsea’s Gladstone Gallery, was a watershed moment for the medium. Today, it’s … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2015 [TOC]

Walter Robinson

March 2015

As Walter Robinson’s paintings have evolved, they’ve come to serve as an uncannily accurate gauge for the American art world’s analogously shifting, and increasingly nuanced, attitudes toward consumerism and mass culture. The artist… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]

“Implicated and Immune”

Michael Lett

February 2015

In 1981, the New York Times ran a story with the headline “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” Over ten years later—the year that drug-therapy “cocktails” became an effective treatment in slowing down the disease—the first … READ ON

PICKS

Lucie Stahl

February 2015

Lucie Stahl’s exhibition at the venerated apartment gallery Queer Thoughts in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood was a fitting last project before the gallery relocates to downtown Manhattan. Known for featuring work that embraces the … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2015 [TOC]

Mickalene Thomas

December 2014

On the heels of Mickalene Thomas’s widely screened HBO documentary Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012) comes “I was born to do great things,” yet another heartfelt exhibition dedicated to Sandra Bush, Thomas’s late mother and… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

“Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present”

September 2014

Curated by Jenelle Porter In 1986, Mildred Constantine, Neda Al-Hilali, and Mary Jane Jacob organized an exhaustive traveling exhibition titled “Fiber R/Evolution.” It included such luminaries in the field of fibers as Sheila Hicks, Anne… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Maddie Reyna

September 2014

Maddie Reyna is emerging as a dutiful acolyte of the British Conceptual artist Stephen Willats. “Jamaica Sweethearts,” Reyna’s recent pop-up installation at Julius Caesar, a prominent Chicago artist-run project space, examined art’s… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]