Detail of Gregory Bae's Black Hole of Love #1, pencil on torn paper encased in acrylic, 2019 - 📷 Phil Peters
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Mom, It's Okay
Gregory Bae: All Day
Gregory Bae @ Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is honored to present dual exhibitions on the career of Gregory Bae. The first is a family-run memorial exhibition entitled Mom, It's Okay. Curated by Bae's family, the exhibition shares a more personal survey of the artist's work from his youth in Salt Lake City, UT, and his artistic development at RISD. Julius Caesar has curated the second exhibition, Gregory Bae: All Day, which centers on Bae's recent work as a celebrated artist in Chicago.
Gregory Byungho Bae (b. 1986, Salt Lake City, UT) was a Korean American artist in Chicago. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. He lived and worked in Chicago for 11 years, where he became a beloved member of the city’s art community. In graduate school Bae was known for his sweeping painting installations, as well as his intellectual engagement with the history of painting and visuality. He later expanded his practice to include large-scale sculpture, drawing, photography, complex machines, and film. An active member of the Chicago art community, Bae was the founder and director of Chicago API Artists United (CAAU), and was a co-founder and curator of Bill’s Auto starting in 2018. He was also a lecturer and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recent solo exhibitions included: Black Hole of Love at table, Chicago (2019); New Instincts at 4WPS, Chicago (2018); 45° 28’ 0” N, 9° 11’ 0” E at Federico Luger Gallery, Milan, Italy (2017); Spinning Backflip at The Mission Projects, Chicago (2017); 《더 이상 수줍 지 않은 고픔》 at Opsis Art, Seoul, South Korea (2015). Group exhibitions included Stopgap at Massimo De Carlo Gallery in Milan, Italy (2021); On the Record at the University of Chicago, Chicago (2020); Drawings, paintings, and maybe sculpture 3 at Everybody, Chicago (2020); MPSTN, Fox River Grove, IL (2019); Lasting Impressions at LVL3, Chicago (2019); Living Architecture at 6018North, Chicago (2018); Cut Outs at Usable Space, Milwaukee (2017); Dull Magic at Unisex Salon, NYC (2017); DOOR at Triumph, Chicago (2017), Take a joke, and Enjoy a Drink at the Cleveland Museum of Art/MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland (2015); Out There at Miboo Art Center, Busan, South Korea (2015); Circular Hands, Centripetal Eyes at the Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Exhibition Halls, Seoul, South Korea (2014); Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Chicago (2013); Go To Pieces at Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC. He has won awards from the Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago (2019); the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2015); The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago (2014); and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York (2014). He also attended residencies in Miami, Cheongju, Seoul and Spartanburg.