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February 13 to March 20, 2010

In Gallery 1

CAA Panel and Exhibitions
organized by Michelle Grabner

Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Richard Hull, Judy Ledgerwood, Sabina Ott

Susanna Coffey

Anoka Faruqee

Richard Hull

Judy Ledgerwood

Sabina Ott

In Gallery 1

CAA Panel and Exhibitions
organized by Michelle Grabner

Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Richard Hull, Judy Ledgerwood, Sabina Ott

In conjunction with the College Art Association’s annual conference—convening in Chicago, February 11-13, 2010 — four Chicago galleries will host exhibitions that feature the work of the 13 painters who will comprise CAA’s Studio Art Session: Painting Panel.

“What’s to be done about painting?” is a perennial yet ungraspable question that continues to spur contemplation and examination within the contemporary art apparatus. The first sentence to the catalogue essay accompanying the 1999 exhibition “Examining Pictures,” it is the rhetorical response to the statement “painting is dead.” This session will investigate the position of painting and painting practices. It will not only ask: “what’s to be done about painting” but “how is painting valued?” How does painting assert its authority? What is painting’s speed? Can painting enact radical social and cultural critique? What is painting’s place within the mainstream? How does painting implicate itself in capital?

As a means of examining these questions the artists Carrie Moyer, Ann Craven, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Peter Halley, Thomas Lawson, Judy Ledgerwood, Rebecca Morris, Sabina Ott, Jon Pestoni, Scott Reeder, Molly Zuckerman Hartung and Michelle Grabner will present a 10 minute position on painting at the panel. Each of these artists will also exhibit their work at four Chicago galleries hosting consecutive openings on February 13, 2010.

Western Exhibitions will present the work of four painters on the CAA panel, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Judy Ledgerwood, Sabina Ott plus Western Exhibitions gallery artist Richard Hull.

About the Artists:

Susanna Coffey lives and works in Chicago and New York City. A graduate of The University of Ct and Yale School of Art, her work is represented by The Alpha Gallery in Boston, The Maya Polsky Gallery in Chicago, Taylor Bercier Gallery in New Orleans, Galeria Isabel Ignacio in Seville Spain, Pi 37 Gallery in Athens Greece and others. She has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The NEA, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and The National Academy of Design. Her work is included in the collections of several museums including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Akron Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Museum Of Art, The Hononolulu Academy of Art,and The Weatherspoon Art Museum. Since 1982 she has taught at The School of the art Institute of Chicago and is now the F.H. Sellers Professor in Painting.

Anoka Faruqee is a painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Group and solo exhibitions include Max Protetch and Monya Rowe Galleries, New York; PS 1 Museum, Queens; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Chicago Cultural Center, and Hosfelt Gallery, New York and San Francisco. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her BA from Yale University in 1994. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Skowhegan School of Art, and the PS1 National Studio Program. Grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation and Artadia. Faruqee currently teaches painting and critical theory at California Institute of the Arts, where she is Co-Director of the Art Program.

Richard Hull is a Chicago-based painter. He is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago, where he will have a solo show, March 26 to May 1, 2010. His work is in the collections of several museums including The Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Smart Museum, Chicago. He has exhibited his work at The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY and Chicago, IL; The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Herron Gallery of Art, Indianapolis, IN; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Evanston IL; and The Painting Center, New York, NY. Hull teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Judy Ledgerwood is a painter who lives and works in Oak Park, Illinois. Her work is represented in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago among others. The German fine arts book publisher Hatje Cantz published a monograph on Ledgerwood's paintings in October. She is the recipient of a The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award. Her degrees are from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, BFA, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA. Judy Ledgerwood teaches at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice and currently serves as the Department Chair. Her solo show, Thinking Of You opened recently at Häusler Contemporary München Feb 11-April 17 followed by Chromophillia at 1301PE in Los Angeles March 20-April 23, 2010.

Sabina Ott is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in gallery and museums internationally in over 30 solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group shows that include the Corcoran Gallery of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her paintings and prints are in numerous public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and The Saint Louis Art Museum and her work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant as well as a Howard Foundation Grant from Brown University for research combining digital media and painting. Most recently, she completed a Chicago Transit Authority commission


A catalogue titled ON PTG will be published by Poor Farm Press. This small hard cover tome will include the artist’s positions accompanied by reproductions of their work. ON PTG will be available at the galleries in March 2010.