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25 Year Anniversary at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

What I Was Thinking

Exhibition Dates: November 2 - December 29, 2012

Friday, November 2
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The show What I Was Thinking is a salon-style view of artists and works that date back to Catherine Edelman's first show, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" featuring work by Nan Goldin. The exhibition touches all the interim years through 100 works by more than 75 artists.

What seemed at first to be the perfect practice for a future in the museum and curatorial wold, Edelman confesses her "biggest goal in 1987 was to realize [her] five-year plan . . . to operate a gallery in Chicago for five years and then transition into museum curatorial work," and she almost did. Five years in with the first Gulf War and recession in full swing exit seemed perfectly timed. She had the opportunity to work under her mentor Robert Sobieszek in Los Angeles. Something happened. He told her to stay in the gallery world, and for 20 more years she has.

From the outset Catherine Edelman gallery sought to bring the best of the media to the forefront from internationally acclaimed to emerging, and undiscovered talent. Through her work and many years of dedication she has continued to push into new areas through the Chicago Project, which features emerging talent in the Chicagoland area and Ctrl +P, a project that provides further exposure for new artists discovered online through vignette exhibition in the gallery. Artist Talk, another initiative, allows viewers to gain an intimate knowledge of the motivation behind the work of featured artists through video presentations. All of the gallery's extra efforts work to bridge the gap between working artists and the public. Edelman has also pushed the boundaries of photography and photography galleries by including artists who engage video as well as photo-based objects.

With all the gallery has accomplished in the past 25 years, we have every reason to expect continued success and leading initiative from Catherine Edleman Gallery. Congratulations on this major milestone!

For more information on the exhibition and the gallery please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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