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Gail Potocki at Century Guild, Chicago

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on February 22nd, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Eve by Gail Potocki, oil on linen, 2006 - click to enlarge

Wow.. I don't think I've ever had less information on an exhibition and seen a more useless website (errm... like... ADDRESS, anyone?), but because I really love Gail Potocki's works (previously featured here) I thought I should put a short announcement up for the Love & Other Violations exhibition that's currently taking place at the Century Guild... somewhere... in Chicago.

Very bizarre line-up of living and dead artists that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever such as Gustav Klimt, Dave McKean and Steve Diet Goedde. Yeah, I have a headache too.

Hints as to WHERE Century Guild is actually located, how long the exhibition will be on for and what the hell it is all about are most welcome in the comments section. Ta!

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3 comments to " Gail Potocki at Century Guild, Chicago "

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    Thomas Negovan says:

    Hi, Suzanne-

    I can certainly understand why our posts or website would be confusing to you. For better or worse, we don't fit into the 21st century categories of "gallery" or "museum", and these Kickstarter campaigns and press posts are our first public outreach. I'm sorry that we weren't clear in our postings: Century Guild is not open to the public, and the absence of an address is entirely on purpose. We have been in business since 1999, and the event mentioned above is part of a new run of semi-public formal events, where in addition to our clients and attending academics we are for the first time in ten years making, for one-night-only per exhibition, our doors open to a limited public.

    The closest word that might make sense in describing what we are may be "salon". We don't presume to replace the museums where the public can experience artworks, nor the galleries where art buyers can shop. What we do offer is an environment where special artworks are able to be physically handled and examined closely before they reach a museum environment. With this salon idea in mind, our clientele are not only museums and experienced collectors, but creative types whose work benefits from an intimate proximity to our archives and our collection. As historians, we are honored to have played host to a literal "who's who" of Hollywood and the recording industry, and as dealers have been instrumental in assisting the development of some of the most thorough Art Nouveau collections in the world.

    Our world is shifting- HAS shifted- to a place where "if it doesn't exist on the internet, it doesn't exist". We watch theater events and opera performances on live stream in our kitchens, or on YouTube the months following. Kids sneak their smartphones into the classrooms, and paper-bound books are now read on a digital platform. You don't need to leave your house to "experience the world" (and I use the quotes to emphasize how potentially inauthentic this "experience" is, and while I celebrate the internet and relevant media as a tool, it cannot for me replace human experience. And this statement echoes the very core ideal of the Art Nouveau movement: do we control technology, or has technology controlled us? For me- and this is only my personal position- I require the physical interaction.

    I'm sorry that you weren't able to experience in person the linear correlation from the artists of the Vienna Secession through the modern creators we chose for the show. The response was unanimously favorable, and the evening was a wonderful celebration of the Erotic in art. Like Jacques Grange, we celebrate the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements to create an even more powerful harmony.

    I can't say that our way would be right for anyone else, I can't say that the more "publicly sensible" approach that you would prefer a gallery take is wrong. All I can say is that we have been happy and successful being "off the grid" all this time, and that I am sincerely hoping as time goes on to learn how to use the internet as a tool without compromising what we have established.

    We all love your blog, and hope at some point you can pay a visit to our space,

    Thomas Negovan
    Century Guild

    February 26th, 2011 at 2:25 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Ah, that does make a LOT more sense now, Thomas. Thanks for clearing this up and sorry if I came across rather snobbish. Glad to hear that people enjoyed it and good luck with all your future projects. I will definitely get in touch should I be fortunate enough to make it to Chicago.

    February 27th, 2011 at 1:51 am

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