Corbett vs. Dempsey & Immediate Sound Series presents–Wed, May 22, 2013-9:30 pm-Hideout-$8.00

Jim Baker

NRG Ensemble plays Sun Ra

DJ Sets by Corbett vs. Dempsey

Set I – Jim Baker – solo piano & ARP synthesizer

Set II – NRG Ensemble plays Sun Ra
Mars Williams – woodwinds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Brian Sandstrom – guitar, trumpet, bass
Kent Kessler – bass
Jim Baker – piano & ARP synthesizer
Steve Hunt – drums
Avreeayl Ra – percussion

Book release celebration for  Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972 (Picture Box/Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Includes an introduction by Glenn Ligon and an essay by John Corbett

This once-lost trove of photographs date from 1972, a pivotal year for Sun Ra. Half of the photos in this book are of interior murals made by Ra-colleague and musician Ayé Aton — spectacularly beautiful in their 1970s supersaturated color. From the same period, a cache of never-published photographs taken on location in Oakland for the film Space is the Place, features Ra in full regalia, wearing beautiful Egyptian costumes.

*DJ Sets: Corbett vs. Dempsey – Swing Low Sweet Alien Funk

The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642


ZURICH – Opening Saturday, May 25, Fred Fischli and Niels Olsen of STUDIOLO present new work by Albert Oehlen and John Sparagana.

STUDIOLO exists in the former studio of sculptress Marianne Olsen, a house designed by the Swiss postwar architect Georg Gisel.

More about STUDIOLO here.

An opening reception with the artists will be held Saturday, May 25, at 6pm. The exhibition runs through August 18, 2013.


SANTA MONICA – Brooklyn-based gallery artist Joyce Pensato opens her first solo museum exhibition I KILLED KENNY at the Santa Monica Museum of Art on May 31, 2013. Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, the exhibition runs through August 17, 2013. I KILLED KENNY features monumental enamel paintings and large-scale charcoal drawings rendered directly onto SMMoA’s gallery walls. These new, site-specific works are contextualized by sculptural assemblages composed of derelict toys, objects, and ephemera from the artist’s studio, and a selection of charcoal drawings and key paintings made between 1990 and the present. The exhibition’s title, I KILLED KENNY, invokes the vernacular of “South Park,” framing Pensato’s visual vocabulary within the cartoon’s sardonic w­it and cultural critique.

Appropriating iconic American cartoon characters as her point of departure, Pensato’s gestural paintings and drawings flicker in the liminal space between menacing abstraction and comedic representation: Batman is depicted as a hollow, deliquescent mask, Bart Simpson peers through abraded skin, and Felix the Cat is rendered as a decapitated head. Joyce Pensato’s paintings reinvigorate the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, imbuing her taxonomy of characters—The Simpsons, South Park, Donald and Daisy Duck, Olive Oil, and Mickey Mouse—with an uninhibited and arresting presence. Through her dynamic application of paint and pop cultural references, Pensato’s compositions extend the possibilities of action painting into bold figuration and abstraction.

I KILLED KENNY also debuts a series of paint-splattered collages, in which historic images of Abraham Lincoln are overlaid with portraits of iconic Hollywood celebrities, contemporary artists, and legendary American boxers–Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull,” Gena Rowlands in “Gloria,” Christopher Wool in his studio, and publicity stills of Muhammad Ali.  Pensato’s new Lincoln collages provide further aesthetic context: In these works, Pensato’s signature splatters of industrial paint exploit the material’s visceral physicality, careening America’s fraught social and political past into the forefront of our contemporary consciousness.

Joyce Pensato: I KILLED KENNY is organized by Jeffrey Uslip, Curator-at-Large for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

A full-color catalogue will accompany this exhibition with an essay by Jeffrey Uslip.

About the artist:

Joyce Pensato was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been shown widely, including recent exhibitions at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. Previous exhibitions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the St. Louis Art Museum (with Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon). Her work is in distinguished collections, including as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; St. Louis Art Museum; Speed Museum of Art, Louisville; and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. Pensato lives and works in Brooklyn.

About the curator:
Jeffrey Uslip was born in 1977 and lives and works in New York City. He recently curated Michael Queenland: Rudy’s Ramp of Remainders and Agnes Denes: Body Prints, Philosophical Drawings, and Map Projections, 1969 – 1978 for the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Uslip has also organized exhibitions for PS1/MoMA, New York, Artists Space, New York, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles, and LAXART, Los Angeles. Uslip has lectured at the Yale University School of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and is an online contributor to Artforum. Uslip is currently a PhD candidate at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Above image: Joyce Pensato, Badass Batman II, 2013, enamel on linen, 80 x 80 inches


Exhibition shots below:






CHICAGO – Opening, Friday, June 7, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of over two decades of recent painting and sculpture by gallery artist Thomas H. Kapsalis.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is proud to present one of Chicago’s great abstractionists in T.H. Kapsalis: American Artist, Works 1990-2013. The focus of this exhibition is Kapsalis’s works from 1990-2013, and features works in various media, such as paintings, sculptures in metal, wood, and recycled materials. Many of the works were created in the past decade, and have never been publicly exhibited.

Kapsalis’s combinations of colors and shapes are masterfully composed, making his work visually very attractive. But there is more in Kapsalis’s work than geometric abstraction – the titles of the works will open the door to another dimension of his works. They reveal something about the artist and his observations of everyday life, sometime intellectual, sometime with humor, but always with perspective of an American Artist.

A prisoner of war in Germany, captured during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, Kapsalis returned to the United States, and continued his pursuit of art-making. He has been an important artist and educator since the late ’40s, when he graduated from the School of the Art Institute. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute since 1954. Kapsalis’s work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, and he received many prestigious prizes and awards.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is located at 2320 West Chicago Avenue, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 7, from 6pm to 9pm.

The exhibition T.H. Kapsalis: American Artist, Works 1990-2013 runs through August 4, 2013.


Image(above): Thomas Kapsalis, L-2-D Figure, 2008, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Installation views, and gallery talk (below)

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NEW YORK – Corbett vs. Dempsey’s 2013 NADA New York booth will feature two artists, Jimmy Wright and Margot Bergman. The gallery will offer a contrast of four new paintings by Bergman, who has been working in Chicago since the late 1950s, with a series of 1970s and 1980s drawings and text works by Wright, who has lived and worked in New York since 1974.

Over the last 15 years, Margot Bergman has explored collaborative paintings with unknown partners, over-painting thrift-store finds, but in this new series of large scale works she has gone it alone: inventing intensely vibrant floral paintings, often featuring a repeated diamond motif, imbued with a lurking sense of menace and comic perversity.

Juxtaposed with Bergman’s paintings are a series of highly explicit drawings by Jimmy Wright, loosely titled Meat Market Underground & the Dream Cards, depicting nocturnal couplings in New York’s gay underground of the mid 1970s. On the other side of the AIDS crisis, from the late 1980s, a selection of marvelous text-image works by Wright documents his vivid dream life, often surreally crossing the machinations of the art world with memories of the gay subculture of the previous decade. A group of these works was published last year in Butt magazine, and Corbett vs. Dempsey is proud to present the drawings in their first public exhibition.

NADA New York is open Friday, May 10, from 2pm–8pm; Saturday, May 11, from 10am–8pm; and Sunday, May 12, from 10am–5pm. Admission during these times is free, and open to the public.

NADA New York is located at Pier 36 – Basketball City, 299 South Street, at Montgomery Street.


Above Left image: Margot Bergman, Candy Man, 2012, acrylic on linen, 54 x 36 inches, Right image: Jimmy Wright, Uniform, 1975 graphite on paper, 30 x 22 inches

Installation shots (below)