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DOCUMENT is pleased to present Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will open on November 11 with a reception from 5pm to 8pm, and will continue through December 23, 2016.

For this exhibition, Rafferty produced a new series of small-scale multimedia photographs using imagery from her own archive. Anonymous female subjects drawn from popular sources comprise one of the series’ motifs. Elsewhere, familiar images generate patterns and formal parallels. A mass of band-aids echoes an image of floor tiles, while a blue noose adds a sense of menace to an otherwise innocuous photograph of a blue necktie.

These digital images are printed on clear plastic sheets, and in some cases the artist has applied polymers that bleed and alter the original image. The majority of the “photographs” are one-of-a-kind, comprised of different types of plastic (film, paint, colored Plexiglas).

While the artist’s connections between consonant images may surprise or disturb, they are never accidental, and indeed reinforce the urgency of each selection and juxtaposition. She thus departs from the “anomic archive” associated with artists like Gerhard Richter, with its meditation on the radical heterogeneity of contemporary photography. Instead, Rafferty’s explorations of the photographic medium, gender, and popular culture correlate specificity with intensity.

Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros was born in São Paulo in 1923 and lived there until his death in 1998. He started his career as a traditional painter, but began an intense period of experimentation with the photographic medium in 1946, which culminated in his Fotoformas exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in 1951. The exhibition was a watershed for Brazilian photography and led to de Barros receiving a scholarship to study engraving in Paris. While in Europe he travelled extensively, meeting influential artists and encountering key movements in art and design. He returned to Brazil and established a successful career as an artist and industrial designer. A key figure in Brazillian Concrete, Abstract and Pop art he was a founding member of many influential groups including Grupo 15, Galeria Rex, Grupo Ruptura. He established the design co-operative Unilabor and furniture company Hobjeto Industry. After a series of strokes de Barros began in 1996 to work on a series of collage works using his ‘leftover’ family photographs. Entitled Sobras, de Barros continued to work on the series until his death in 1998.

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Untitled (black figure), 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 33 x 22 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 33 x 22 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 20 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 34 x 51 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Draping, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 20 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, A sitting for Matthew, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 51 x 34 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Figure / ground study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 24 in, Edition of 5

DOCUMENT is pleased to participate to NADA Miami Beach with a solo presentation of Paul Mpagi Sepuya

December 1–4, 2016

Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141

VIP Preview by Invitation
Thursday, December 1, 10am–12pm

Opening Preview by Invitation
Thursday, December 1, 12–2pm

Open to the Public
Thursday, December 1; 2–7pm
Friday, December 2; 11am–7pm
Saturday, December 3; 11am–7pm
Sunday, December 4; 11am–5pm

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Chicago, IL 60607
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Owner
Aron Gent
aron@documentspace.com
Director
Sibylle Friche
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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.