Art Ads and Chelsea Girls

Lynne Heller, Chelsea Girls #1, 51 x 76 cm archival inkjet print, 2007

Paul Butler, Artforum Gallery Ad Triptych, 12.7 x 25.4 cm cutout magazine page, 2008, Courtesy of the Gilles and Julia Ouellette Collection

Paul Butler, Art Ads and Chelsea Girls, Installation view at Gallery 44

Paul Butler and Lynne Heller, Art Ads and Chelsea Girls, Installation view at Gallery 44

Lynne Heller, Art Ads and Chelsea Girls, Installation view at Gallery 44

Art Ads and Chelsea Girls

Friday, October 22, 2010 to Saturday, November 27, 2010
Opening Reception:
October 22,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 


Using a post-minimalist approach Paul Butler and Lynne Heller critique the norms of current gallery models, from the presentation to the valuation of artworks.

The Gallery Intervention Series is a brand new set of photographs by Paul Butler, developed from his previous Art Ads series, in which Butler literally cuts the art out of gallery installation photos thereby drawing our attention to the gallery structures behind the artwork and what it is that makes an object into a work of art.

In relation to her ongoing investigation of virtual identities, Lynne Heller’s photo series Chelsea Girls illuminates the persona presented by the austere, white walled gallery spaces of the Chelsea district in New York City.

“Their pictures allude to art’s monetary worth, but undercut the proposition, relinquish this demand, and instead engage viewers with the singularity of ideas.” ­– Lisa Wainwright, Exhibition Essay Writer 

Watch the Panel Discussion with Lisa Wainwright, Lynne Heller and Paul Butler here: 

File Art Ads & Chelsea Girls Panel Discussion at Gallery 44 - Oct 22, 2010

Artist Biography: 

Paul Butler is an artist with an interest in multidisciplinary, social and alternative pedagogical practices. His practice includes: hosting the Collage Party, a touring experimental studio; and directing the operations of The Other Gallery, a nomadic commercial gallery focused on overlooked artists’ practices. In 2007, he founded the, a website that facilitates artist trading. He also initiated the experimental school Reverse Pedagogy that began at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2008, and has since travelled to Venice, Italy and Sligo, Ireland. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland; and Sparwasser HQ, Berlin. His curatorial projects have included works by Matthew Higgs, Mitzi Pederson, Harrell Fletcher, and Guy Maddin. He has contributed writings to the book Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture and to the magazines Canadian Art, Bad Day, and Hunter and Cook.

Lynne Heller is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of disciplines including fibre, sound, new media, websites and installations. Her work has been shown in Canada, Australia, United States, England, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, Japan and Cuba. Recent solo exhibitions include the Australian National University, Canberra; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Red Head Gallery, Toronto. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Reviews and publications include Art Papers, and Fiberarts, United States; The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Hamilton Spectator, Canada.


Lisa Wainwright is the Dean of Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism. She received her BA (1982), cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, and her MA (1986) and PhD (1993) from the University of Illinois. Selected publications include: Things of Nature/The Nature of Things: John Wilde, University of Wisconsin Press; "Practicing Rauschenberg," in Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture; and "Raymond Pettibon's High/Low High Jinx," in A History of The Renaissance Society 1990-2000. Her writings have been included in the Encyclopedia Britannica, Fiberarts, Le Petit Canard, Art Papers, Art International, New Art Examiner, and in the publication Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey Collection. She has curated the following exhibitions: Ah...Decadence!; From Steel to Flesh; 2001 Spaced Oddities; At Home in the Museum; Pink; and 1968.