January, 2009

Nathalie Djurberg

Currently on view at Zach Feuer Gallery in Manhattan is an exhibition featuring recent work by the Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Nathalie Djurberg. Using a variety of media including stop motion animation, installation, sculpture and drawing, the artist constructs dark narratives that investigate human behavior through nightmares and fears. Without much restraint, these narratives open a dialogue addressing violence, dominance, gluttony, racism and sex. In her[.....]

Kurt Hentschlager

The Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager’s installation ZEE, which just closed at Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, is impossible to accurately document or describe. In this exhibition, Hentschlager creates an immersive environment of sight and sound reflecting on the nature of human perception and the accelerated impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness. The installation is comprised of a room of an[.....]

The Beauty and the Beast: Artists and their Pets in 20th Century Art

A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago chronicles something unexpected and sentimental: the relationship between artists and animals. Ranging from Caravaggio to Pablo Picasso and Pierre Bonnard, the exhibition traces the roles pets have played in the progression of Western art. Held in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Beauty and the Beast features books from the Museum’s collection that explore animals’ presence[.....]