Anthony Cannon Walker
Dinh Q Le
Guillermo Munoz Vera
Myeong Beom Kim
Martin Cary Horowitz
Mary Jane Jacob
The exhibition is anchored by the inclusion of politically-oriented works by American artists such as Philip Evergood, who is known for practicing a brand of Social Realism in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as prolific artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, whose works from the 1970s and 1980s will be on display. Much of Partisan's energy, however, comes from newer generations of artists whose project-oriented works not only demonstrate critique and resistance, but also imagine new possibilities. Curated by Mary Jane Jacob in the contest of Art Chicago 2009.
Art Chicago® is pleased to announce artists showing in Partisan, a special exhibition of works that explore social and political ideas
Art Chicago, the international fair of contemporary and modern art running May 1-4 at The Merchandise Mart, is pleased to announce artists to be included in the 2009 edition of Partisan, a special exhibition of works that explore social and political ideas. Selected from Art Chicago and NEXT galleries by guest curator Mary Jane Jacob, independent curator and director of exhibitions at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Partisan works represent a multitude of political ideas and positions from around the world. Partisan will be divided into two sections on the Art Chicago show floor: Partisan and Partisan PROJECTS. According to Jacob, “It is no wonder in this day and age that artists are re-engaging one of the most critical subjects in art: the political and social climate, war and survival. Such human dramas that shape destiny have always existed in the history of art, but they are not usually found, no less highlighted, in the environment of an art fair. So this year's ‘Partisan’ show is evidence of inescapable concerns on everyone’s minds and which have a place in every sector of the art world.” Leon G.jpg
While Partisan offers global insights, the exhibition is anchored by the inclusion of politically-oriented works by American artists such as Philip Evergood, who is known for practicing a brand of Social Realism in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as prolific artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, whose works from the 1970s and 1980s will be on display. Much of Partisan’s energy, however, comes from newer generations of artists whose project-oriented works not only demonstrate critique and resistance, but also imagine new possibilities. Highlights include a striking video installation, The Penal Colony, by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q Le, which depicts the inside the walls Paul DAmato.jpgof a Vietnam prison historically known for abusing activists and was inspired by the inhumane treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba; There are things we know…a large scale installation by New York-based artist John Delk features 26 security surveillance globes; and compelling portraits of housing project residents, part of Chicago-based photographer Paul D’Amato’s Be Free Now series. These portraits extend beyond just amplifying social and political inequalities, they privilege each resident’s individuality and subjectivity. Finally, Maximo Gonzalez imagines new uses for obsolete vehicles in large drawings from the series Project for reutilization of vehicles obsolete after the extinction of petrol. Playful, yet unnerving, abandoned motorcycles become gardens and cars are oversized planters.
Exhibiting artists include Anthony Cannon Walker (Base Gallery), Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and Tania Bruguera (Rhona Hoffman Gallery), John Kirchner (Kim Foster Gallery), Peter Drake (Linda Warren Gallery), Hugo Bastidas (Nora Haime Gallery), Dinh Q Le (P.P.O.W.), Volker Steizmann (DIE Gallery), Guillermo Munoz Vera (La Ribera Galerie de Arte), Myeong Beom Kim (Thomas Masters Gallery), Paul D'Amato (Stephen Daiter Gallery), Cindy Tower (Bruno David Gallery), Michael Scoggins (Diana Maximo Gonzales.jpgLowenstein Fine Arts), Luo Qing (Eli Klein Fine Art), Susanna Coffey (Isabel Ignacio Galeria de Arte), John Delk, Noelle Mason and Conor McGrady (Thomas Robertello Gallery), Martin Cary Horowitz (Linda Durham Contemporary Art), Qin Fengling (Kasia Kay Art Projects), Philip Evergood (Forum Gallery), Denise Yaghmourian and Ron Adams (Zane Bennett Gallery), Maxmilio Gonzalez (Valle Orti), Grace Graupe-Pillard and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Carl Hammer Gallery).
Image: Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Maia con Kalashnicov (AK-47), 2008. Courtesy of Ribera Galerie
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Opening Preview: April 30, 2009
Noon – 3 p.m. First Focus, providing sneak peek at Art Chicago. All proceeds benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by visiting mcachicago.org/firstfocus
3-6pm: Art Chicago Professional Preview
6-9pm: Art Chicago Opening Preview
Benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased on-site, or visiting artchicago.com.
The Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor Chicago, IL 60654
Friday, May 1, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, May 2, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 3, 11am - 6pm
Monday, May 4, 11am - 4pm
$20 for entry to all three shows (Art Chicago, NEXT and Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair).
$25 for multiple day pass.
$15 Seniors and Students, all multi-day passes.