Tony Tasset

Each January, The Society for Contemporary Art focuses attention on the best artists in Chicago. For over two decades, Tony Tasset has created work that evokes laughter, empathy and at times uneasiness in his viewers. By spewing what appears to be black paint from his mouth in a photograph, he pokes fun at Abstract Expressionism and references Bruce Nauman?s Fountain. His Comfortable Abstractions literally softened the hard edges of Donald Judd-like ?specific objects,? upholstered in fine leather. A more personal tone emerges from a taxidermied dead blue jay that a friend left on his doorstep, photographs of his wife, painter Judy Ledgerwood, his parents, his garden, and a video of his daily life titled In My Room (2000). Reflecting on these changes in his career Tasset explains, ?We all live in our own little kingdoms of desire, fear, consumption and delusion. I thought maybe if I got intimate or honest enough in my work, I could find some shared humanity with my audience.? Tasset received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute. His work was included in Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2006), All the Pretty Corpses at the Renaissance Society (2005), and Looking at America at Yale University Art Gallery (2002), among others. He has had solo exhibitions at Feigen Contemporary, NY, University Galleries of Illinois State University, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. His sculpture Paul, a larger than life recreation of Paul Bunyan, was recently unveiled at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Garden at Governors State University. Please join us for a thrilling look at Tasset?s most recent projects. Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Monday, 8 January. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s and Hotel Blake for this and upcoming events

Art Insitute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
Greek Isles, 200 South Halsted
Members – $60
Non-Members – $75