Opening night at Expo Chicago!

It’s opening night at Expo Chicago! Here’s your first glimpse of Booth #257. Make sure you stop by and see these photographs in person.

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Booth 257
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Clarissa Bonet (left) and Gregroy Scott (center)
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(from left to right) Laurent Millet, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, and Clarissa Bonet
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Laurent Millet (foreground)
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(from left to right) Daniel Beltrá, Laurent Millet, and Liat Elbling
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Omar Imam (left), Serge Najjar (right), and shelves with work by Dan Estabrook and Bettina von Zwehl (center)
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Special EXPOPROJECTS wall featuring Sandro Miller across from booth 257

Initiating the international fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO hosts leading art galleries presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. The Vernissage Opening Night Benefit, presented by the Women’s Board benefiting Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place tonight, September 13, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. We hope to see you then!

Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, September 13
Vernissage: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16
11:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 17
11:00 pm – 6:00 pm

See all the photographs on view at Booth #257 on our website here.
For tickets and more information about the fair, visit
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CEG arrives at Navy Pier

We are thrilled to be back at Navy Pier for EXPO CHICAGO 2017! Our artwork is being unpacked and installed as we prepare for opening night tomorrow. Expect to see new work debuting from Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Sandro Miller, Gregory Scott, and Bettina von Zwehl. Here’s a preview of booth #257 as install gets underway!

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EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. The Vernissage Opening Night Benefit, presented by the Women’s Board benefiting Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will take place tomorrow night–Wednesday, September 13–from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Follow along with us this week on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, September 13
Vernissage: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16
11:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 17
11:00 pm – 6:00 pm

See all the photographs on view at Booth #257 on our website here.
For tickets and more information about the fair, visit

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Christine Erhard

The photographs by our newest Ctrl+P artist Christine Erhard play with perception. This technique is extended beyond the photographic print and into the spaces where her work is exhibited. DOBRA IV is installed to the artist’s exact specifications, following a building edge in the image. Her installation will be on view through October 28, 2017.

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DOBRA IV, 2014 © Christine Erhard

Erhard creates photographic works that evolve out of a sculptural process. The concept for a new photograph begins with a found image, sometimes historical, taken from the field of architecture or art. She layers cardboard models, diverse everyday objects, or constructs objects to be photographed on top of the found image.

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DOBRA IV, installation view

Although the spaces in Erhard’s photographs appear to be extremely heterogeneous and broken, the images are not photomontages in the conventional sense. The photographs bear witness to a sculptural process that takes place in the studio. The disparate materials, lines of sight and levels of reality are in actual, physical contact with each other. Anamorphic models – models that have been constructed for a specific camera viewpoint, appearing distorted when another viewpoint is adopted – are integral to this process.

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Christine Erhard (b. 1969 Crailsheim, Germany) lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Christine has exhibited widely in both Germany and internationally. Solo shows include The Zweigstelle Gallery in Berlin, Galerie Adler in Frankfurt, the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation in Stuttgart, the Goethe Institute in Milan, the Museum Muller Collection in Wiesbaden, and the High Street Project gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Christine Erhard’s website
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Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an initiative at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, Ctrl+P provides further exposure for new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the Internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended—in print.

Proposals for Disorder opens tonight!

We are thrilled to present the American debut of Israeli photographer Liat Elbling. Proposals for Disorder opens September 8 and runs through October 28, 2017 and is being presented to coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The opening reception is Friday, September 8, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The artist will be present.

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Tel Aviv is a place known for its rich history that is obvious when walking along the city streets. Founded in 1909, the city thrives as an architectural gem, with contemporary buildings sitting alongside Bauhaus and other modernist styles. It is here, within this high tech city, that Liat Elbling finds her inspiration. In her studio, she constructs architectural models made from wood, clay, plaster, paper and paint. These fictitious spaces, printed and painted in a singular color, are inspired by her surroundings. Working within the same tradition as James Casebere, Lori Nix and Thomas Demand, Elbling’s framed photographs create a dialogue about perception and reality.

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Like many still-life photographers, Elbling cuts, tapes and assembles objects on a table, condensing or expanding the physical space through meticulous lighting. Proposals for Disorder presents 23 photographs that examine how the construction of a space can affect ones mood. A gray room can be both soothing and non-descript; red is the color of passion and danger; merlot the color of a soothing wine. In each of these scenarios, Elbling uses color to create an atmosphere that invites the viewer into a world that is as comforting as it is suspenseful. As she states, it is her desire to “return to art’s basic characteristics: perspective, light and shade, examining the relationship between two and three dimensionality, and the blending of materials, colors and textures.”

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Liat Elbling was born in Ramat-Gan, Israel (1980) and currently lives in Tel Aviv. In 2009, she graduated with honors from the Department of Photography at the Minshar School of Art and has since been working full-time as an artist. Elbling’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Israel, and in solo shows in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Belgium. Most notably, she had a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2011 after receiving the prestigious Leon Constantiner Prize for an Israeli photographer.

You can see the entire exhibition on our website here.

With support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-West.

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Targeted artists answer James Lipton’s Ten Questions


Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with a famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and work. This week, Omar Imam, Garrett O. Hansen, and Colleen Plumb answer James Lipton’s Top Ten!

  1. What is your favorite word?

Omar: Bianca ( my daughter)
Garrett: Azafata
Colleen: Waterfall

2.      What is your least favorite word?

O: Stereotype
G: Committee
C: Sick

3.      What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

O: Contradictions around me, and the ability to mix them all 
G: Quiet
C: Music, friends, nature

4.      What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

O: Repetition
G: Theory
C: Worry

5.      What sound or noise do you love?

O: Rain
G: Rain falling on the roof of a cabin
C: The sound of breeze from inside a grove of aspen trees

6.      What sound or noise do you hate?

O: Clock ticking
G: The noise Outlook makes when a new email arrives
C: Lawn mowers

7.      What is your favorite curse word?

O: Arssa (Arabic)
Scheisse (German)
C: Fucking Bullshit

8.      What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

O: Psychologist
G: Woodworker
C: Vet

9.      What profession would you not like to do?

O: Politician
G: White House Press Secretary
C: Financial anything

10.   If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

O: Syrian passport is welcome
It’s good to see you again.
C: Hi

Targeted runs through September 1, 2017.
See the entire exhibition on our website here. 

New Work by Jess T. Dugan!

We are always excited to share new work by our artists, and Jess T. Dugan sent us new photographs this week! Jess has had a busy summer teaching workshops and making new portraits. Below are four new additions to her series Every Breath We Drew.


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Jen, 2017 © Jess T. Dugan

Jess writes that Every Breath We Drew “explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of myself and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and from my actively constructed sense of masculinity, my portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. I photograph people in their homes, often in their bedrooms, using medium and large format cameras to create a deep, sustained engagement, resulting in an intimate and detailed portrait.

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Michael, 2017 © Jess T. Dugan

“I combine formal portraits, images of couples, self-portraits, and photographs of my own romantic relationship to investigate broader themes of identity and connection while also speaking to my private, individual experience. The photographs of men and masculine individuals act as a kind of mirror; they depict the type of gentle masculinity I am attracted to, yet also the kind I want to embody. Similarly, the photographs of relationships speak to a drive to be seen, understood, desired through the eyes of a another person; a reflection of the self as the ultimate intimate connection.

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Jamie, 2017 © Jess T. Dugan

“By asking others to be vulnerable with me through the act of being photographed, I am laying claim to what I find beautiful and powerful while asking larger questions about how identity is formed, desire is expressed, and intimate connection is sought.”

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Rafael, 2017 © Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Jess earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Portraits from this series are currently on view in the 2017 Aperture Summer Open On Freedom, at the Aperture Foundation, in New York City, NY, until August 17 and in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX, until September 10. You can see more of Every Breath We Drew on our website here.


New Work by Ysabel LeMay!

We are excited to share new work by Ysabel LeMay! Ysabel has been hard at work on a large-scale commission as well as these additions to her series, Gracia.

Eden I, II and III  are designed to work as a diptych, triptych or individually. They are available in two sizes, 48 x 48″ and 59 x 59″ in editions of seven and five, respectively.

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Eden I, 2017 © Ysabel LeMay
Eden II, 2017
Eden II, 2017 © Ysabel LeMay


Eden III, 2017
Eden III, 2017 © Ysabel LeMay

Combining her technical expertise with her deep-seated roots as a painter, LeMay continues her exploration into the power and divinity of nature through a unique process she calls “Photo-Fusion”. At first glance, you might think you are looking at a hyper-realistic painting. However, LeMay’s innovative technique is a lengthy process during which hundreds of photographs are taken and light and visual properties are attuned. She then assembles one detail at a time in a painterly fashion to form a single composition. In 2011, LeMay was selected the winner of KiptonArt Rising Star program in New York. Since then she has exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and The Netherlands. Her upcoming solo show “WOW: Wonderful Other Worlds” opens at the Morris Museum in New Jersey on September 16, 2017.

Ysabel LeMay is presently living and working in Austin Texas. You can watch an Artist Talk we recorded with Ysabel in 2015 here, during her solo show “Wonders” at the gallery in Chicago. See more of her work on our website.