Tony Tasset—one of 17 Chicagoans whose work will appear at the prestigious Whitney Biennial in New York City (opening in March)—enjoys blurring the distinction between high and low. The 53-year-old takes familiar objects, such as a snowman or an eye (remember his eyeball sculpture in the Loop in 2010?), and elevates them to high art. “I try to question where value comes from,” he explains.
No wonder Tasset’s favorite items in the Arts and Crafts house in Oak Park that he shares with his wife, painter Judy Ledgerwood, and adult son, Henry, span eras from vintage to postmodern.