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  • 20 x 16 at Morgan Lehman Gallery, Opening 3.26.15

    Opening: March 26th, 2015, 6-8 PM

    Exhibition Dates: March 26 – May 2

    Morgan Lehman Gallery is proud to present “Twenty by Sixteen” a group show featuring the work of 40 artists, each of whom honors the single formal constraint that all work in the show be of the dimensions twenty inches tall by sixteen inches wide. Beyond that, the sky, the sea, the land and the imagination are the limit. Medium, surface, image, story, geometry, vision, abstraction, architecture, wit, nature, and the unnatural are all up for grabs in what should prove to be a revelation.

    For more information:


  • The Duck Show, group show @ Minotaur Projects, LA, opens 3.17.15

    In late 2014, there was a Duck show curated by the great Chircago artist Ryan Travis Christian. Now, that Duck show has evolved into DUCKS! and is opening tonight (March 27) at our friend Louis Schmidt's new LA space, Minotaur Projects.

    For more information:


  • Your Attica On The Pacific, groups show TSA Gallery LA, opens 8.28.15

    “Your Attica On The Pacific” Is offered to the public as an introduction to member artists and talented sympathizers of TSA LA. Nestled in our lovely Downtown gallery, this exhibit visually projects the spirit of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney visually. Loud, fun and carefully articulated to appear spontaneous. Come celebrate the birth of a new venue run by some radical prisoners of art.

    Thursday, August 28 from 6-9pm

    For more information:


  • Now Chicago! Solo Show with other solo shows in Australia

    The Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney Australia has selected myself and several other Chicago artists to each have a solo show under the umbrella show title of 'Now Chicago!'

    May 1 - June 10 2014

    For more information:


  • Interview With Bad At Sports

    Just got interviewed by Kevin Blake at Bad At Sports for the upcoming 2 person show with Zack Wirsum:

    For more information:


  • Ghosts Don't Burn - 2 person show 10.19.13

    Current Works by Zack Wirsum and myself

    With objects and installation by:

    Lauren Ball
    Nathan Carder
    Mariano Chavez
    Karolina Gnatowski
    Pedro Munoz
    Mindy Rose Schwartz

    Curated by Lucas Bulcholtz

    For more information:


  • Sydney Australia Group Show Announcement

    I am now working with the Hughes Gallery in Sydney Australia!

    For more information:


    Group show just went up entitled 'Current Currents Part1'. this show is an introductory show that will lead up to my solo show next year with the gallery. Stay tuned!

  • Roger Brown House Installation video interview

    Here's the interview I did at the RBH for the installation I did there:


  • Where My Cones At? (Group show)

    Featuring artworks from over 122 artists!

    Check info here:


  • Afterimage (4 venues)

    Afterimage focuses on contemporary artists that are of a generation after Imagism.

    Afterimage at The DePaul Art Museum to include artistic duos or informal groups.
    I have a painting there.



    Center for Book and Paper Arts will emphasize the role of collaboration in contemporary art practice. Works on view include artist's books, animations, prints and drawings.
    Oli Watt, Isak Applin, & myself have collaborative prints there.

    SEPTEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 7, 2012
    Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA)
    1104 South Wabash, 2nd Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60605


    Roger Brown Study Collection

    I have an installation there on the 1st floor.

    Check for hours here:

    John M Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL

    I have work from Balliwik on display in the library.

  • That Sinking Sense of Wonder, NYC - 6.15.12


    JUNE 15 – JULY 22, 2012
    Opening Friday, June 15, 6-8 PM
    Closing Sunday July 22nd, 6-8PM

    SOUTHFIRST is proud to present "That Sinking Sense of Wonder," a group exhibition curated by Jesse Bransford.
    Participating artists are Afruz Amighi, Carl Baratta, Jennifer Cohen, Juliet Jacobson, Corinne Jones, Paul Laffoley, Gean Moreno, Adam Putnam, Max Razdow, Dan Torop; the exhibition also includes anonymous tantra drawings.
    The show will be on view from June 15 – July 22.

    There will be an opening reception for the artists from 6-8 pm on Friday, June 15, 2012. SOUTHFIRST, founded in 2000, is located at 60 N6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between Wythe and Kent Avenues.

    Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and by appointment. Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue.
    For more information, please contact Maika Pollack at 718 599 4884 or info@southfirst.org


  • New American Painter Review

    Check it out!
    Newreview of my solo show, Sweet Water:


  • OPP Interview 3.8.12

    New interview with the OPP folks can be read here:


  • Solo Show - Opens Friday, 3.2.12

    Sweet Water

    Solo Exhibition By Carl Baratta

    March 2 - April 28, 2012

    Opening Reception: 3/2/12 6-10pm

    1545 W. Division Second Floor Chicago, IL 60642 t:219.746.1512



  • Curated Group Show - Opens Saturday, 3.3.12

    SideCar is pleased to present:

    'They Wore Red Faces of Clay' - New work by:

    Isak Applin
    Shay DeGrandis
    Iva Gueorguieva
    Justin Michell
    JJ Miyaoka-Pakola
    Dan schank

    Curated by Carl Baratta

    In any mythology that has one, hell is an actual place where there is suffering, or even worse, a place where nothing happens. Psychologically speaking, hell is not a long time ago, nor is it somewhere on a map; it is now and you carry it with you. When someone "goes through hell", the person is experiencing something extremely private and often terrible. The sufferer's sole desire is to pass through the torment with enough strength to right what is awry. Without succumbing to inaction and apathy, the afflicted must struggle to identify what is wrong, identify their own, personal hell before they may grow and change. In this way, hell is a state of internal struggle to create a better world or condition. The work in this exhibit embodies this complicated struggle. Like myths with their fantastic landscapes and internal logic, works of art are dreams made public. The artists in this exhibition address the subconscious and the poetic inherent in this phenomenon.

    Opening Saturday, March 3rd 5 PM - 10 PM
    March 3rd - March 31st, 2012
    Hours: Saturday, 1 PM - 6 PM and by appointment

  • Level Eater 2 - Group show 11.18.11

    Group show this Friday at Co-Prosperity Sphere

    The Level Eater is an annual event hosted by the Co-Prosperity Sphere in collaboration with Pentagon.

    This 2nd annual event will focus on artists’ work that play with or have gained influence from Science Fiction or Fantasy. The work was all curated under the mission of Level Eater’s gaming retreat. There will be a selection of painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, photography and video. There will be also areas for viewers to participate and play fantasy games. Viewers are encouraged to bring any game they wish to share. There will be an assortment of games to also be played.

    For more info please visit:



  • FineArtViews Interview

    An interview about teaching art and going to school:


  • Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue #4 Interview

    Check out the interview here:


  • Chicago Art Magazine Article is up! September 16th, 2011

    Big Youth: Two Years After its Close, Where Are They Now?
    by Stephanie Cristello

    Check it out here:


  • Slide Lecture: Thursday August 25, 6PM at the ICI, Chicago

    As part of the Italian Cultural Institue of Chicago's (ICI) group show in conjunction with the Venice Bienale, myself and another presenter will be giving a slide show talk. My slide show is about Sienese painting's influence on my work including a preview of a soon to be shown 5'x10' piece I made in egg tempera!

    The other presenter, Sarah Nodelman, is going to show slides she photographed from this year's Bienale, including the Italian Pavilion. The whole thing including any questions shouldn't take more than an hour and a half.

    Attached is the press release that the ICI put together for the August 25 event. There's an RSVP element to the invite, so let them know if you're coming. There will be refreshments!

    Istituto Italiano di Cultura
    500 N Michigan Avenue
    Suite 1450
    Chicago, IL 60611

  • Venice Biennale 2011: Italian Pavilion in the World -Group Show

    "A Sense of Place" represents Chicago as one of eighty-nine satellite exhibitions featured in the Italian Pavilion in the World at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in honor of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Italian Pavilion brings together Cultural Institutes from across the globe to promote Italian art as it has emerged internationally over the past decade.

    This local presentation - represented at the Venice Biennale through film - highlights the work of seven exceptional, Chicago-based artists who share a connection with Italy's landscape and culture as inspiration for their practice. Through the works on view, "A Sense of Place" also considers how we understand and engage our own experiences of a place, and how such encounters continue to permeate our sensibility.

    The opening on Friday, June 3rd is free and open to the public. Reservations requested by May 27th. (312) 822-9545.

    The exhibition is open through September 16th Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5pm.

    Istituto Italiano di Cultura
    500 N Michigan Avenue
    Suite 1450
    Chicago, IL 60611

  • Midway Art Fair, Chicago April 23-24th

    April 23-24th
    @ the Geolofts
    3636 S. Iron Street in Bridgeport


    Saturday 1-10pm
    Sunday 1-5pm

    Recent works by me!

    Lloyd Dobler Gallery - Booth #207
    Side Car Gallery - TBA

  • 6/6/6: SIX ARTISTS, SIX CITIES, SIX CONNECTIONS April 1 - April 30, 2011

    The group show is in Chicago! Come see us!

    1545 W. Division Second Floor Chicago, IL 60642 t:312.961.8706


    For more info:


    and our blog:


  • West, Wester, Westest Part 2, March 11 - April 2, 2011

    Group Show currated by Ryan Travis Christian

    Works by: Carl Baratta (Chicago), Timothy Bergstrom (Chicago), Samantha Bittman (Chicago), Ted Gahl (NYC), Rogelio Gamez (Oakland), David Leggett (Chicago), Shona Macdonald (Chicago), Rachel Niffenegger (Chicago), Paul Nudd (Chicago), Marcie Oakes (Chicago), Melissa Oresky (Chicago), Tyson Reeder (Chicago), Kate Ruggeri (Chicago), Deb Sokolow (Chicago), and Scott Wolniak (Chicago)

    248 Fillmore St.
    SF, CA

    For more information please visit: ffdg.net/

  • LandEscape, Group Show Opens Friday, March 4th, Chicago

    ARC Gallery
    Exhibition dates: March 2-26, 2011
    Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

    With: Alberto Aguilar · Isak Applin · Carl Barrata · Rose DiSalvo · Rebecca Walz

    |www.arcgallery.org |

  • A Healthy Skepticism - Swimming Pool Projects, Chicago, IL

    I have some larger pieces in this 3 person show here in Chicago, opening January 22nd.

    With Joshua Reames & James Fuentes

    Directions: www.swimmingpoolprojectspace.com/hours_…

  • Chicago 7, Houston, TX

    I have some work up at the Darke Gallery (Houston, TX), Friday, January 14th -- February 26th. Stop by if you're in town!

    Opening pics coming after the actual opening!



    January 8-29, 2011*

    *This exhibition is the first of six exhibitions in each of the home cities of each of the artists involved.

    Opening Reception:
    January 8, Saturday, 8-11pm with music performance at 8pm by die Fistery

    3191 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

    Artists: Jeff Badger (Portland, ME), Carl Baratta (Chicago), Amanda Curreri (San Francisco), Joanne Lefrak (Santa Fe), Kathy Leisen (Detroit), and Dan Schank (Philadelphia).

    6/6/6 is a traveling exhibition that created itself through connectivity. With the proliferation of social networking and technology-based communication, making real connections becomes more important than ever. Each artist in this exhibition has selected one other artist who lives and works in a different community, forming a network of art communities and developing personal connections among artists and audiences. This effort makes introduces new practitioners to each locale and infuses each region with new energy from around the country. Like a chain letter, this process is expansive and like an exquisite corpse, the results are surprising and unexpected. Appropriately for a show about drawing connections, the show takes the drawn line as its subject and features artists from all over the country. The exhibition, in a sense, created itself by means of connectivity.


  • Ah Wilderness!

    I have 2 new paintings up at Ebersmoore Gallery in the West Loop. Also 2 new black and white drawings for the Ah Wilderness book. This is a huge group show with a ton of great artists involved.

    Come check it out:

    Opening: Friday 12.17.2010 @ 6-9pm

    Directions: ebersmoore.com/info.html

  • Living Treasure: Group Show @ Pentagon Gallery

    I have 2 new paintings up at Pentagon Gallery in Pilsen. Come check it out. Also that evening, they will be showing my favorite movie: Flas Gordon!

    with: Carl Baratta, Carolina Wheat, Montgomery Perry Smith, Theodore Darst, Ryan Ingebritson

    Pentagon Gallery
    961 West 19th street Chicago, Il 60608
    Opening Reception Saturday the 10th of July 2010 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Closing Monday the 26th of July 2010 at 9:00pm

    Call for appointment after the 10th of July 2010


    Bad At Sports Top 5 Weekend Picks: badatsports.com/2010/top-5-weekend-pick…

  • Grand Rapids Art Museum and Ox-Bow, Joint Centennial Celebration Exhibition and Artist Series, June 4 - August 22, 2010

    I have a painting in this show. So if you're around, go check it out!

    Grand Rapids Art Museum
    101 Monroe Center
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

  • Painter’s Paintings, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, March 2010

    Group show at Western Exhibitions. For more information:



    Trend Hunter:

    Gapers Block:

  • F News Interview, October 2009

  • Bailliwik Artist Collective Autumn 2009

    Check out the latest issue and back issues here:


  • Once a Dream, Did Weave A Shade, Carl Baratta & Isak Applin Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, February 2009

    2 person show with my fellow painter, Mr. Isak Applin in Galesburg IL.



  • Choke the River with Stone Fingers, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA, April 2008

    Solo Show up at Vox Populi in my old home town, Philly!

    More information here:


  • Interview with The Chicagoist, October 30th 2009

    Check out my interview with The Chicagoist:


  • Big Youth Group Show July 2009

    July 11-September 5, 2009
    Opening reception SATURDAY July 11, 5-9 pm
    Followed by an afterparty at Roots & Culture
    1034 North Milwaukee Avenue


    Time Out:

    New City:

    Daily Serving

  • Sweep The Inside Out, currated by Mike Kaysen and Carl Baratta @ Side Car Gallery, June 16th, 2009

    New gallery in Hammond, IN! Side Car Gallery.

    Sweep the Inside Out
    Currated group show with:

    Bob Reinard
    Jeremy Price
    Jeremy Somer
    Mindy Schwartz
    Sarah Hicks
    Chris Miller
    Dan Gunn
    Karolina Gnatowsky

    email: sidecargallery@gmail.com for more information
    Check out Friends & Community Page for individual artist links!

  • Interview with Fecalface.com November 13th, 2008

    Check it out:


    Seach under 'Carl Baratta' for the interview.

  • Light Up and Be Wonderful!, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL October 2008

    Solo show at Western Exhibitions. More information here:



    New City:

    Daily Serving:

    Chicago Sun Times:
    Baratta makes the abstract a reality in paintings.(Carl Baratta) November 7, 2008 (Dead Link)

    The Reader:Critic's Choice: Carl Baratta. by Bert Stabler, October 16, 2008 (Dead link)

  • 3 Landscapes in The Modern Style, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, August 2008

    Group show at Western Exhibitions. For more information:

    3 Landscapes in The Modern Style, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, 2008

  • The Extra Finger Interview

    Check out the interview here:


  • Collaborative Print now at WesternXeditions.com

    'Keep The River on The Right'

    Check it out:

  • Enkidu Publications in full effect!

    Of great import: Isak Applin and I have started up Enkidu Publications. We have released a collaborative relief print! We still have some if you are interested.

    Enkidu Publications is a small, private publishing firm devoted to creating and distributing handcrafted, yet accessible, contemporary
    images. Keep the River on the Right was conceived and drawn by Isak
    Applin and I. 100 copies of Keep the River on the Right were printed on
    honen Japanese paper by David Wolfe and Isak at his press in southern Maine.

    We have many wood block prints in the works, so stay tuned!

  • Culture Mutt, with Tsherin Sherpa @ Green Lantern, April 2007

    Check out the reviews of our 2 person show! Read more at The Green Lantern Press:


    New City's Top 5 Gallery Shows, 2007:

  • No Coast, No Sea, with Iva Gueorguieva @ WX January, 2007

    2 person show with one of my favorite painters, Iva Gueorguieva at Western Exhibitions!

    Review at Time Out Chicago:

    Please visit www.westernexhibitions.com for more information.