Wade Guyton in Conversation with Susan Tallman


Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Wade Guyton makes objects, paintings, drawings, photographs, books, and posters. His work addresses the conditions of its own making, its reception, documentation, and distribution. The artist has become known for making works on linen that are produced with an inkjet printer from digital files. He utilizes information from webpages, marks drawn or typed in Microsoft Word, or scanned images. The works themselves record the process of their own making in the studio; composition and surface incident or pictorial effect are the result of multiple events and the convergence of information in digital and material form. The language of painting informs the stretched linen works, and the final forms are often determined by architectural or institutional constraints.

Guyton has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Portikus, Frankfurt; Secession, Vienna; Kunstverein in Hamburg; and La Salle de Bains, Lyon. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2013 Carnegie International, 2013 Venice Biennale, 2007 Biennale de Lyon, Greater New York 2005, and 2004 Whitney Biennial, among others. His work can be found in the permanent collections of major institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. With artist Kelley Walker he creates work under the moniker Guyton\Walker, and he is a member of the collaborative Continuous Project with Bettina Funcke, Joseph Logan, and Seth Price.

Wade Guyton will discuss his practice with Susan Tallman, an art historian who has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction, and multiplicity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal and website Art in Print, and her writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Public Art Review, Art on Paper, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine, and many other publications. Her books include The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson), The Collections of Barbara Bloom (Steidl), and numerous museum catalogues. Tallman currently teaches in the Departments of Printmedia and Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Petzel Gallery

“Dots, Stripes, Scans: Wade Guyton at Whitney Museum of American Art,” The New York Times, by Roberta Smith

“Wade Guyton: Whitney Museum of American Art,” Artforum,  by Achim Hochdörfer

“Wade Guyton’s Quiet Confidence at Petzel,” Modern Painters, by Scott Indrisek

Susan Tallman, Art in Print


Installation View, OS, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz. Portrait courtesy of Wade Guyton Studio. Installation view, Wade Guyton, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, 2011. Photo: Gunnar Meier. Installation View, OS, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz. Installation view, Untitled, 2013, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich. Photo: Stefan Altenburger. Susan Tallman