Friday, August 22, 2014


Organized by Theaster Gates
August 22 – October 4, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, August 22, 2014, 5-7pm

875 North Michigan Avenue, 38th Floor
Chicago, IL

From press release:

Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery in collaboration with Black Artists Retreat, are pleased to announce RETREAT, an exhibition conceived and organized by Theaster Gates.

Artists were invited by Gates to consider how the concept of retreat, either in theory or practice, contributes to a position of strength and perspective in themaking of visual art. Works selected for exhibition communicate both active interpretations of retreat characterized by pressure or force and pssive expressions of retreat that invoke contemplation or meditation. Participating artists – Derrick Adams, Erika Allen, Elizabeth Axtman, Bethany Collins, Tony Lewis , Kelly Lloyd, Valerie Piraino, Mitchell Squire, Wilmer Wilson IV and Nate Young – represent the full range of contemporary art practice in all media, including painting, drawing, photography, installation, body art and video.

A fully illustrated publication with essay contributions by Hamza Walker (Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago) and Romi Crawford (Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) will debut at EXPO Chicago, being held September 18 -21, 2014.

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