Group Exhibition

Body Building

Chicago

July 6 – August 14, 2015

John Storrs Diagonals, 1928 Hand-hooked wool rug

John Storrs
Diagonals, 1928
Hand-hooked wool rug
64 x 46 inches (162.6 x 116.8 cm)

Alex Katz, Peter, 2008 Charcoal on paper

Alex Katz, Peter, 2008
Charcoal on paper
15 x 23 inches (38.1 x 58.4 cm)

John Stezaker, Christ's Entry into Bergen, 2006 Collage

John Stezaker, Christ's Entry into Bergen, 2006
Collage
9 x 8 inches (23 x 20.2 cm)

José de Rivera, Working Model No. 12, 1955
Painted Plexiglas
5 x 5 x 5 inches (12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)

Body Building
José de Rivera, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Lutes, Robert Nickle, Judith Rothschild, John Stezaker, John Storrs 
July 6 - August 14, 2015

Richard Gray Gallery announces Body Building, a group exhibition that examines relationships between the human body and the urban architectural environment. The show draws on works from as early as 1917 to show recurring ways that artists use the built environment to interpret the human form, and how the body in turn becomes a lens for architecture.

The exhibition brings together a wide range of artistic perspectives to explore the mergers and the interruptions that occur between body and building. It features works that evoke the vulnerability of the body in the metropolis, such as John Stezaker’s psychologically freighted photo collages depicting human interactions blocked by angular excisions or postcard images of buildings and streets. José de Rivera’s sculptural models evoke architectural precariousness, while Judith Rothschild’s frenetic collaged drawings blend urban geometry with organic form. Taken together, the works point toward escapisms and fantasies that are channeled by the city grid.

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