Upcoming Exhibition

Gaylen Gerber: Supports

20 September - 21 December

The Arts Club of Chicago is pleased to present the first survey of Gaylen Gerber’s Supports.


Gerber’s practice in general – and his Supports in particular – incorporates expressions from a range of cultures and epochs. These artworks and artifacts bear a reversal of sorts in relation to Gerber’s Backdrops. The gray or white ground that Gerber normally uses behind another artwork to re-present it is reversed so that the traditionally normative ground and the more expressive figurative element have changed positions, in effect pressing the relationship between the loss of orientation and the sense of joie de vivre that remains, and making it apparent that history is present in everything we do. The delight, distress, empathy – the full range of emotions we find in the collected expressions – reveal the efficacy of cultural traditions as well as their limitations in a way that is often beautiful and sometimes poignant. Noting precisely this kind of complexity, René Magritte, a precursor of Gerber’s practice, once asserted “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”


Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely including monographic and cooperative projects at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Museé d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois among others.

Image: Gaylen Gerber, Support, n. d., oil paint on mirror from the Kennedy Winter White House, Palm Beach, Fl., United States, mirrored glass, gilt frame, mid-20th century, 34½ x 30¾ x 1½ inches (87.6 x 78 x 3.8 cm)

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