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Josh Lilley has just announced representation of Celeste Rapone

FAD MAGAZINE Josh Lilley have just announced representation of Celeste Rapone
Josh Lilley have just announced representation of Celeste Rapone

Josh Lilley has just announced representation of Celeste Rapone (b. 1985, Wayne, New Jersey, USA). Rapone received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is now an adjunct professor in painting and drawing. She first appeared in Josh Lilley’s 10th-anniversary group show in 2019, and her gallery exhibition earlier this spring, Retreat, stands as her UK solo debut and largest presentation to date. She will make her first European fair appearance as part of the gallery’s Frieze London 2020 presentation in October.

FAD MAGAZINE Josh Lilley have just announced representation of Celeste Rapone

Rapone is a detail-oriented formalist, a natural 21st-century heiress to the lessons of Chicago Imagism; indeed, she shows in her adopted home city with Corbett Vs. Dempsey, committed historians of the postwar period in the region. In her paintings one finds material invention, humour, high-low free play, and resourcefulness with the figure — hallmarks of that midwest avant grade, but pushed, for her world. Rapone imagines the body unbridled, extruded and magnified, expanding into the world and to the walls of the canvas. The nobility of art history and the inherent raw functions of the body collide on stages that depict, typically, the finest details in the private lives of contemporary women.

FAD MAGAZINE Josh Lilley have just announced representation of Celeste Rapone
Josh Lilley have just announced representation of Celeste Rapone

About The Artist
Celeste Rapone (b. 1985, New Jersey, USA) ives and works in Chicago, IL. Rapone received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Her work has been shown at Roberts Projects in LA, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Julius Caesar in Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center, and the Georgia Museum of Art, and Monya Rowe Gallery in NYC. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, New City, the Chicago Tribune, and the Georgia Review, and she is a 2018 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Rapone is a Lecturer in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Chicago.

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