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Western Exhibitions

Gallery description

Western Exhibitions is a contemporary art gallery that shows thought-provoking, and visually innovative
artists who work across most media, with an emphasis on personal narratives and cosmologies; LGBTQ
and feminist artists and issues; pattern, decoration and surface concerns; works on paper; and artist books.
Western Exhibitions presents unique artist projects, curated group shows and maintains a specific inventory
of artist books and multiples, gathered together as a sister entity and store, WesternXeditions.

Western Exhibitions was conceived in 2002 as a nomadic commercial gallery, staging shows at
apartments, lofts, other galleries and participating in the influential Stray Show. In 2004, director (and ex-
artist) Scott Speh first opened a bricks-and-mortar space on Chicago’s west side and after 10 years in the
West Loop, moved to Chicago’s West Town neighborhood in 2016.

Contact: Scott Speh, Owner and Director
Email     |     Website     |    Phone: 312-480-8390

Artwork

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Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

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Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

PURCHASE

Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

PURCHASE

Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

PURCHASE

Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

PURCHASE

Willem de Kooning.Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods and motivations
Deb Sokolow, 2015

Artist book: graphite, acrylic, ink and collage on acid-free paper; bookboard; PVA
9 x 6 inches closed, 9 x 44 inches open
Edition 3 of 3

PURCHASE

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, de Kooning: An American Master, authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan recount how the famous painter once instructed each of the women he was sleeping with to ring his building’s doorbell with a different, specific sequence of rings so that he would know who was calling on him. This would help de Kooning decide whether or not he wished to see that lover, which was crucial if he was engaged in that moment with a different lover.

This anecdote is used as a starting point in the artist book, Willem de Kooning. (Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods), which employs humor and a mix of fact and fiction in traveling down a rabbit hole of questions and theories about de Kooning, constructed identity, experimental alcoholism, gravy as an aphrodisiac and the myth of the male genius.

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Untitled Sketchbook #7
Elmer, 2016-18

100+ colored pencil and graphite drawings in Great Crafts sketchpad
14 1/2h x 11 1/2w inches
Unique
$2000

PURCHASE

Untitled Sketchbook #7
Elmer, 2016-18

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Two Stories
Edie Fake, 2018

Five-layer silkscreen print
24h x 18w inches
Edition of 14
$1500 unframed

PURCHASE

There does come a time when laughs become sighs; we put all to rest,
we said our goodbyes

Robyn O'Neil, 2010

Suite of six lithographs in archival box
Letterpress printed essay, colophon and title page
17h x 21w x 1d inches
16 x 20 in. each lithograph, signed en verso.
Edition #13 of 15
$8800

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There does come a time when laughs become sighs;
we put all to rest,
we said our goodbyes 
(detail view)
Robyn O'Neil, 2010

Suite of six lithographs in archival box
Letterpress printed essay, colophon and title page
17h x 21w x 1d inches
16 x 20 in. each lithograph, signed en verso.
Edition #13 of 15
$8800

PURCHASE

Between the Valleys of the Spoils
Onsmith & Nudd, 2012

Lithograph on Somerset Satin
23 x 55 inches framed, 15 x 48 inches unframed
Edition #1 of 27 - $2000 framed
Rest of edition - $1000 unframed

PURCHASE

Portfolio C
Steve Reinke, 2018

Suite of ten screen prints on BFK Rives
30 x 22 inches each
Edition of 14
$5,500

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Portfolio C (detail view)
Steve Reinke, 2018

Suite of ten screen prints on BFK Rives
30 x 22 inches each
Edition of 14
$5,500

PURCHASE

The Difficult Path of Surrender
Stan Shellabarger, 2019

Artist book: cyanotypes on paper, archival tape, arches covers
7x 5 inches closed; 7 x 65 inches open
Edition 4
$2000

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The Difficult Path of Surrender (cover)
Stan Shellabarger, 2019

Artist book: cyanotypes on paper, archival tape, arches covers
7x 5 inches closed; 7 x 65 inches open
Edition 4
$2000

PURCHASE

Tell me more!
Orkideh Torabi, 2018

Screenprint
26 x 22 inches
Edition of 16
$450 unframed

PURCHASE

Untitled Sketchbook #7
Elmer, 2016-18

100+ colored pencil and graphite drawings in Great Crafts sketchpad
14 1/2h x 11 1/2w inches
Unique
$2000

PURCHASE

Untitled Sketchbook #7
Elmer, 2016-18

Click image to view video

Two Stories
Edie Fake, 2018

Five-layer silkscreen print
24h x 18w inches
Edition of 14
$1500 unframed

PURCHASE

There does come a time when laughs become sighs; we put all to rest,
we said our goodbyes

Robyn O'Neil, 2010

Suite of six lithographs in archival box
Letterpress printed essay, colophon and title page
17h x 21w x 1d inches
16 x 20 in. each lithograph, signed en verso.
Edition #13 of 15
$8800

PURCHASE

There does come a time when laughs become sighs;
we put all to rest,
we said our goodbyes 
(detail view)
Robyn O'Neil, 2010

Suite of six lithographs in archival box
Letterpress printed essay, colophon and title page
17h x 21w x 1d inches
16 x 20 in. each lithograph, signed en verso.
Edition #13 of 15
$8800

PURCHASE

Between the Valleys of the Spoils
Onsmith & Nudd, 2012

Lithograph on Somerset Satin
23 x 55 inches framed, 15 x 48 inches unframed
Edition #1 of 27 - $2000 framed
Rest of edition - $1000 unframed

PURCHASE

Portfolio C
Steve Reinke, 2018

Suite of ten screen prints on BFK Rives
30 x 22 inches each
Edition of 14
$5,500

PURCHASE

Portfolio C (detail view)
Steve Reinke, 2018

Suite of ten screen prints on BFK Rives
30 x 22 inches each
Edition of 14
$5,500

PURCHASE

The Difficult Path of Surrender
Stan Shellabarger, 2019

Artist book: cyanotypes on paper, archival tape, arches covers
7x 5 inches closed; 7 x 65 inches open
Edition 4
$2000

PURCHASE

The Difficult Path of Surrender (cover)
Stan Shellabarger, 2019

Artist book: cyanotypes on paper, archival tape, arches covers
7x 5 inches closed; 7 x 65 inches open
Edition 4
$2000

PURCHASE

Tell me more!
Orkideh Torabi, 2018

Screenprint
26 x 22 inches
Edition of 16
$450 unframed

PURCHASE