Michelle Grabner

biography

1990
M.F.A. Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University
1987
M.A. Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Thesis: „Postmodernism: A Spectacle of Reflexivity“
1984
B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

teaching

1996–present
Professor and Department Chair, Department of Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2011–2013
Visiting Professor/Core Critic, Yale University, Painting and Printmaking
2011–2013
Senior Critic, University of Pennsylvania, Fine Arts Department
1997–2003
Associate Professor, Department of Art, The University of Wisconsin

exhibitions (selected)

2013
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Kat.)
Autumn Space, Chicago
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
2012
„Cottage Works“, Green Gallery, Milwaukee
„Michelle Grabner: The Inova Survey“, INOVA, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
„Against New York“, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen
„Oshkosh“, PS, Amsterdam
2011
„Like a Rare Morel“, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
„Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original Jokes about the Suburban and the Poor Farm by the Artists Who Exhibited There“, Yale University School of Art, New Haven
2010
„Flapjack“, Rocket, London
„Get Better Mrs. Michelle“, Minus Space, Brooklyn
„Chaos is rigidly structured in this chapter“, Peregrine Program, Chicago
2009
Silverpoints, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
2008
Silverpoints, PS, Amsterdam
2007
„Michelle Grabner’s Never Quite Happy Home“, Southfirst, Brooklyn
„Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue“, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
2005
Project Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago
2004
Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
2003
Rocket, London
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2001
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica
Ten in One Gallery: Project Space, New York
2000
„Suburban Abstraction“, Rocket, London
Ten in One Gallery, New York
1999
In Situ, Aalst BE
1998
„Home Painting“, Rocket, London, UK (Kat.)
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica
„Safety Patterns“, Rocket, London

Michelle Grabner, Terry Haggerty, Paul Morrison, Jan van der Ploeg whatever colours you have in your mind 15.03.2013 — 20.04.2013

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Michelle Grabner’s work is referred to by art critic Barry Schwabsky as a result of her traditional feminine realm of art. That conclusion could seem to suggest itself because her paintings deal with fabrics and textiles. However, that kind of view is too superficial. Gingham, a plain-woven fabric where the warp and weft are aligned to form a simple perpendicular crossing pattern, is the basis for Grabner’s recent work.


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Der Kunstkritiker Barry Schwabsky stellt die Arbeiten von Michelle Grabner als einer das traditionelle Frauenbild vertretenden Künstlerin vor. Das abzuleiten, weil sie sich in ihren Bildern mit Stoffen und Textilien auseinandersetzt, liegt nahe, ist aber eine einseitige Sichtweise. Gingham ist ein glatt gewebter Stoff, wo Kett- und Schussrichtung so ausgerichtet sind, dass ein einfaches senkrechtkreuzendes Muster entsteht. Dies ist die Grundlage für Grabners neuestes Werk.