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  • by Renee Krystek

    Hundreds of online attendees were recently treated to a spectacular hour-long conversation between the artists Tony Tasset and Michelle Grabener, courtesy of a Zoom webinar hosted by Kavi Gupta Gallery. The conversation revolved around Tasset’s current exhibition, The Weight, which opened in Chicago just days before the complete shutdown of the city due to COVID-19.

    The exhibition features five new sculptures: Angry Sun, Crow, Ghosts, Snakes, and Eagle Head. The works all relate to a world in crisis. Says Tasset: “My art has always responded to the cultural moment, the current zeitgeist. The Weight was made in response to the current state of the world. Things are heavy.”

     

    Anyone who missed the webinar can watch the full video below, or on Kavi Gupta’s Vimeo page.

     

     

  • ART IN LOCKDOWN: DEBORAH KASS
  • ART IN LOCKDOWN: MARY SIBANDE

    South African artist Mary Sibande recently caught up with us from her home in Johannesburg, to let us know how she’s coping under lockdown, how the pandemic has affected her art making, and what her thoughts are about how her community is reacting to the rapidly changing conditions.

     

    View the interview and more in our Viewing Room

  • ART IN LOCKDOWN: JEFFREY GIBSON
  • JEFFREY GIBSON’S SHE NEVER DANCES ALONE EXTENDED
  • The Written Word, 2020, Installation View, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA
    The Written Word, 2020, Installation View, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA
  • THE FIGURE IN SOLITUDE OPENS ONLINE
  • Michael Joo, DRWN, Carunculatus (12), 2015, graphite impregnated urethane, dimensions variable (acquired 2016 by Tel Aviv Museum of Art.) Photo: Elad Sarig
    Michael Joo, DRWN, Carunculatus (12), 2015, graphite impregnated urethane, dimensions variable (acquired 2016 by Tel Aviv Museum of Art.) Photo: Elad Sarig
  • MICKALENE THOMAS AMONG MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS OF 2019
  • Installation View, With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith, San Jose Museum of Art, 2020.
    Installation View, With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith, San Jose Museum of Art, 2020.
  • Manish Nai, Meridians, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019, Installation View.
    Manish Nai, Meridians, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019, Installation View.
  • JEFFREY GIBSON WINS 2019 MACARTHUR “GENIUS GRANT”

    Congrats Jeffrey!

  • Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, Collection of Gregg Rechler and Mitchell Rechler, Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago , Photo: Christopher E. Manning
    Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, Collection of Gregg Rechler and Mitchell Rechler, Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago , Photo: Christopher E. Manning
  • Jessica Stockholder Angled Tangled, 2014, Installed at Crystal Bridges Museum
    Jessica Stockholder Angled Tangled, 2014, Installed at Crystal Bridges Museum

    Two works by Jessica Stockholder are included in Color Field at Crystal Bridges

  • Exhibition catalogue (front view) for About Face (featured image: Zanele Muholi, Phaphama, at Cassilhaus, North Carolina, 2016, Archival pigment print, 43 3/8 in x 30 in, courtesy of Wrightwood 659.)
    Exhibition catalogue (front view) for About Face (featured image: Zanele Muholi, Phaphama, at Cassilhaus, North Carolina, 2016, Archival pigment print, 43 3/8 in x 30 in, courtesy of Wrightwood 659.)

    We had the pleasure last week of attending the VIP premier of the exhibition About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art at Wrightwood 659. We were enthralled by the artist symposium that kicked off the night, which included captivating talks by Carl Pope, Harmony Hammond, María Elena González, Del LaGrace Volcano, Keijaun Thomas, Sophia Wallace, and Leonard Suryajaya.

    Curated by Jonathan David Katz, PhD, Visiting Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at The University of Pennsylvania and chair of the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, the exhibition features more than 450 works by more than 40 artists. Of special note to us was the selection of three paintings on view by our own Roger Brown. From the exhibition catalogue:

    “Roger Brown was a leading member of the Chicago Imagists, a group of artists united not necessarily by style, but through shared beliefs, such as a rejection of Abstract Expressionism in favor of works with concrete imagery, and an interest in surrealism, comics, and advertising. Memory and experience always saturated Brown’s art and, growing up, he found himself particularly influenced by Art Deco design and the aesthetics of pop culture, which he incorporated into his work, often in a humorous or satirical way. In a style that echoes comic strips, his paintings frequently employ supersaturated colors and a bright palette, sometimes functioning as multi-framed stories with symmetry, gradient backgrounds, and silhouetted figures.

    We were also thrilled to see one of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits prominently exhibited on the main floor of the exhibition. Again from the catalogue:

    “Nick Cave is a Chicago-based visual, performance, and sculpture artist and dancer who weaves his artforms together to create pieces that are never a single, easily definable object. He is perhaps most well-known for his Soundsuits: large, often colorful sculptural costumes made from found materials, both something to be worn, but also structures that refuse simple categorization. The first one was spurred by the Rodney King riots, a series of events during which Cave confronted his own identity as a black man. Forced to think deeply about the dangers of racial profiling, he began collecting objects that had also been discarded or deemed devoid of value. He would then construct a suit out of what he found, realizing that they were meant to be worn, and that they made sound. These “secondary skins” and “suits of armor” erase the race, gender, and class of the wearer, allowing a space for appreciation without judgement. Cave continued his exploration of the adornment of a surface with his paintings, which act as bas-reliefs that protrude from walls like sculptures. This ambiguity of form is intentional for Cave, who wants viewers to wonder what they’re seeing.”

    Congratulations from Kavi Gupta to all of the wonderful artists who are included in this groundbreaking exhibition. About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art is on view at Wrightwood 659 through Jul 20, 2019. The exhibition is supported by the Alphawood Foundation.

  • ROGER BROWN AT MAD

    Roger Brown at Museum of Art and Design NYC

  • THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN PREMIERS JESSICA STOCKHOLDER OUTDOOR SCULPTURE
  • DEVAN SHIMOYAMA’S BARBERSHOP PROJECT OPENS IN D.C.
  • INSIDE LOOK AT AFRICOBRA: NATION TIME IN VENICE
  • SNEAK PEEK: AFRICOBRA: NATION TIME @BIENNALEARTE2019

    A look at the prepartions for AFRICOBRA in Venice

  • TONY TASSET MOOD SCULPTURE ARRIVES IN KENTUCKY

    Tony Tasset's Mood Sculpture installed at the Universtity of Kentucky.

  • ANGEL OTERO INTERVIEWED FOR ARTNET NEWS

    Angel Otero featured in Artnet

  • AUDREY BARCIO AWARDED POLLOCK KRASNER GRANT

    Congrats Audrey!

  • ROGER BROWN AND THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS TAKE LONDON

    The Goldsmiths CCA gallery in London is presenting HOW CHICAGO! 

  • AFRICOBRA IS GOING TO VENICE!

    Africobra inculded in the 2019 Venice Biennale!

  • JEFFREY GIBSON CURATED INTO 2019 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

    Jeffrey Gibson curated into the 2019 Whitney Biennial. 

  • MANISH NAI FEATURED ON COVER OF ART INDIA MAGAZINE

    Congratualtions to Manish Nai on being featured on the Cover of ART India

  • FIRELEI BÁEZ AWARDED UNITED STATES ARTISTS GRANT

    Congrats Firelei!

  • Richard Hunt, Tubing Form, Executed in 1966
    Richard Hunt, Tubing Form, Executed in 1966
  • MANISH NAI FEATURED IN INAUGURAL INDIGO MUSEUM EXHIBITION
  • Barbara Jones Hogu – Rise and Take Control (screen print), 1970
    Barbara Jones Hogu – Rise and Take Control (screen print), 1970
  • FELIX LA OPENS IN FIVE WEEKS!

    Felix Art Fair is Coming Up!

  • Devan Shimoyama, Cry Baby, Installation View, 2019, Andy Warhol Museum
    Devan Shimoyama, Cry Baby, Installation View, 2019, Andy Warhol Museum

    Cry Baby In the New York Times

  • AFRICOBRA AMAZES ART BASEL AUDIENCES WITH NORTH MIAMI MOCA RETROSPECTIVE

    AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People opened during Miami Art Week

  • BEVERLY FISHMAN WINS 2018 ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN GRANT
  • KAVI GUPTA HOSTS ANNUAL ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH WINE NIGHT

    Kavi Gupta hosted its annual wine event for top collectors and curators at the Gates Hotel

  • MICKALENE THOMAS TAKES ON FASHION
  • TITUS KAPHAR: NEW HAVEN’S ART HAVEN

    Titus Kaphar was recently featured in The New Haven Register

  • THE TIME IS NOW! FALL OPENINGS

    Last week, "The Time Is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago's South Side, 1960-1980" opened at the Smart Museum of Art. 

  • MICKALENE THOMAS: MUSES

    Muses Opens at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

  • RICHARD HUNT, SIXTY YEARS OF ART

    An Article on Richard Hunt's Upcoming Georgia Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition.

  • EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS FALL
  • FIFTY YEARS OF AFRICOBRA!

    AfriCOBRA 50, a retrospective, will open at Kavi Gupta Gallery at the end of September!

  • SCOTT REEDER ON LOCATION

    Scott Reader:  “How to Succeed as an Artist While Living outside of Art-World Capitals.” 

  • BASIL KINCAID AT JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.

    St. Louis-based fabric artist Basil Kincaid recently spent a week in the lobby of JPMorgan Chase & Co

  • JEFFREY GIBSON: THIS IS THE DAY AT THE WELLIN MUSEUM OF ART

    Jeffrey Gibon: THIS IS THE DAY Opens at the Wellin Museum.

  • Young-Il Ahn, installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery
    Young-Il Ahn, installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery

    Review of Young-Il Ahn's Show in NEWCITY!

  • AFRICOBRA 50 OPENING

    AFRICOBRA 50 opened last week at our Elizabeth Street location!

  • MEMORIES OF ASPEN ARTCRUSH 2018
  • Richard Hunt, Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Sculpture, 2018
    Richard Hunt, Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Sculpture, 2018

    Richard Hunt's Special Olympics Memorial was unveiled outside of Soldier Field!

  • Jeffrey Gibson LIKE A HAMMER, At the Denver Art Museum, 2018
    Jeffrey Gibson LIKE A HAMMER, At the Denver Art Museum, 2018

    Great press just keeps coming about Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer!

  • Jessica Stockholder's, Assist, Art Basel, 2018
    Jessica Stockholder's, Assist, Art Basel, 2018

    Jessica Stockholder gave the city of Basel, Switzerland, a beautiful assist this year at Art Basel 2018. 

  • YOUNG-IL AHN IN WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW

    Young-Il Ahn on the cover of the latest issue of Western Humanities Review!

  • Firelei Báez, Joy Out of Fire, 2018
    Firelei Báez, Joy Out of Fire, 2018

    Encouraging press has been coming out ever since Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire opened

  • MANISH NAI AT THE NOORDBRABANTS MUSEUM

    Manish Nai: Capturing Time will open on July 28th at The Noordbrabants Museum.

  • JESSICA STOCKHOLDER FEATURED IN ‘EN CONSTRUCCIÓN’

    El Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC) Featured the work of Jessica Stockholder.

  • Tony Tasset, Judy's Hand Pavilion, 2018, At Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
    Tony Tasset, Judy's Hand Pavilion, 2018, At Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

    Tony Tasset's monumental outdoor sculpture Arrived in Cleveland this week.

  • NICK CAVE DEMONSTRATES THE ART OF LETTING GO

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, there are a few more days to experience The Let Go, Nick Cave’s spectacular performance installation at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

  • Young-Il Ahn, Soraya Ahn, Jacob Yi, and Jessica Moss in Young-Il Ahn's Studio (2018)
    Young-Il Ahn, Soraya Ahn, Jacob Yi, and Jessica Moss in Young-Il Ahn's Studio (2018)

    We visited Los Angeles, where we enjoyed a fruitful studio visit with Young-Il Ahn

  • Firelei Báez, Marie-Louise Coidavid, exiled, keeper of order, Anacaona, 2018, at the Berlin Biennale 2018
    Firelei Báez, Marie-Louise Coidavid, exiled, keeper of order, Anacaona, 2018, at the Berlin Biennale 2018

    We’re so proud of Firelei Báez for her contribution to this year’s Berlin Biennale!

  • Gallery owner Kavi Gupta with Roger Brown's "Hollywood With the Stars." Photo by Manuel Martinez
    Gallery owner Kavi Gupta with Roger Brown's "Hollywood With the Stars." Photo by Manuel Martinez

     To Kick off the Blog we interviewed Kavi about the Gallery's history!