“I think walking is a little more primal than art-making.”

Two images I took at the now closed Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 continue to attract my attention, even now, five months after taking them. Ray’s “Sleeping Woman” (2012) is a startling achievement, at once awe-inspiring and intimate.

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The exposed waistband of her briefs. That detail that slays me.

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The title of today’s post comes from a passage in Will Self’s 2013 interview with Ray.

At the Art Institute

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IMG_5239Of particular interest at the Art Institute of Chicago last week:

Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 (images above)
Jean-Luc Mylayne: Mutual Regard (no images in this post)
Jackson Pollock’s Greyed Rainbow, 1953 (image detail above)
■ The Honoré-Victorin Daumier “heads” (one pictured above)
Conservation Live: Francis Picabia’s “Edtaonisl”
Indian Art of the Americas (images above)