Ziad Antar at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

30 June 2012 - 23 September 2012

‘Chicago has been acknowledged as one of the first cities to embrace the high rise building and it seems appropriate that the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago should play host to the exhibition Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity . This thematic exhibition has been curated by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Joanna Szupinska, and Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. It features works by over 50 artists such as Andy Warhol, Chris Burden, Catherine Yass, Erica Bohm, Vito Acconci, Fikret Atay, Claes Oldenburg, Ziad Antar and Enoc Perez…

Ziad Antar’s decision to take a photograph of the world’s tallest free standing structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, with out-of-date film using an obsolete camera immediately places this modern building into the prism of the historical archive. In this simple gesture he profoundly presents current grandstanding within a historical framework of fallen empires, inevitable decline and the transient nature of power. The future can also reframe historical actions’

Text by Angela Derby
Aesthetica Magazine June 2012

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity
Opens 30 June and continues until 23 September
www.mcachicago.org

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