Sep 20th 2019


@ Chicago Manual Style

1927 W Superior St., Chicago IL 60622

Opening Friday, September 20th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, November 17th

Chicago Manual Style is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of German artist Sarah Ortmeyer (b. 1980, Frankfurt am Main) in Chicago. The exhibition, entitled INFERNO CHICAGO, incorporates the formal elements of chess alongside a series of new paintings and sculptures. In this latest body of work, the personification of heaven and hell is also explored through the artist’s ‘emoji shadow series,’ a body of work that interrogates the relationship to the origins of painting, universal language, and iconography. In her paintings of palm trees, devils, and rainbows, Ortmeyer captures the essence of the codex as both a type of script and a physical object capable of existing in nature.

Sarah Ortmeyer (b.1980) is a graduate of Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt. Selected shows include: Kunstverein München (Munich); Belvedere21 (Vienna); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Palais de Tokyo (Paris); MAK Center (Los Angeles); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Wittgenstein House (Vienna); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); MoMA PS1 (New York); Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv), Monnaie de Paris (Paris), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) and Swiss Institute (New York). Her work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, Kunstforum International, THE SEEN, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others.

Support for this exhibition was provided by the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and the Goethe Institut Chicago.

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