Eliza Douglas, Jakob Eilinghoff in Anne Imhof, Sex (2019). Art Institute of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York. Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski.
CHICAGO — Anne Imhof's work has generated a good deal of buzz since the artist won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Her performances are renowned (or notorious) for the way they capture a certain ultra-hip, nihilistic aesthetic. Performers in chic streetwear are scattered throughout a given space, vaping and staring vacantly; sometimes, they erupt into dance, music, or ritual. Sex — Imhof's museum debut in the United States — both confirms and complicates the hype surrounding her work.