Artopolis 2008 - Paintings
The empty - the full,
the mystery of the orient,
working the same territory
as Hovsep Pushman
Harald Pryn (1891-1968) Denmark
Something about this recent winter in Chicago,
so thoroughly documented here
made me especially interested
in snow scenes from around the world.
There's something so prim and proper
about this Danish landscape.
Just a little too civilized
Robert C. Breer (b. 1926)
A fun, artsy fellow
who's best known for his short
... but I really like his geo-form designs as well.
(it would make a great jazz album cover)
Maurice Menardeau (1897-1977)
I feel like I'm in this room -
I'm ready to look at the paintings -
and then plop down on the sofa
Preston Dickenson (1889-1930)
Nothing like a fun day in the park
(with possibly some
One of my favorite Chicago painters
(and our glass box architects
should love him too)
I've seen this Chicago Tribune facility
dozens of times.
But I never thought it could look this good.
Raphael Soyer (1899-1987)
I am such a fan of this man's drawings,
and now his paintings as well.
Don't you know these people?
(well -- maybe you have to be Jewish)
(and the detail areas are delicious)
An up and coming Chicago painter,
this painting is H*U*G*E
(maybe -- 15 feet long?)
O.K. -- maybe the self reference
gets just a bit tiring
(it seems like all of his paintings are
both huge - and about himself and family)
But Rembrandt did a lot of self portraits, too
of his work.
is a Canadian painter
who paints cities
like Soutine painted a rotting carcass.
Above is London
and here's my adopted city, Chicago.
It feels a bit predatory doesn't it ?
Like some kind of voracious sea creature.
Jule Rene Herve (1887-1981)
So many good painters and sculptors from
Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968)
A modern Mona Lisa,
what message is she sending
with that blinking eye of hers?
Francis Chapin (1899-1965)
A leading Chicago painter
of his day.
(and that's how the city
still feels to me)
George Charles Robin (France, 20th C.)
The kind of painting I want to move into
and stay for a few days
when the rest of the world
feels a bit too burdensome.
Hashiguchi Goyo (1881-1921)
A dedicated student of the genre,
He died tragically young,
completing only 14 prints.
But - yes -- he is worthy
to be placed beside his hero -
the great Utamaro.
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)
I hate ABX,
but like Hans Hofmann.
Does this mean I'm as neurotic as Jackson Pollock?
Andy Pankhurst, b.1968
It's just a wall, a door,
and a few twigs,
but I enjoyed it.
He's makes painting
a nude figure seem easy,
by mostly ignoring the nude.
A good strategy!
the antiques fair
shows an engaging
painting by an unknown painter.
No name - no date - no nothing.
The poor devil has been totally lost to history.
Except that this brief flicker of his vision
Charles Warren Eaton (1857-1937)
What a delightful little romp through space.
Are Cezanne landscapes any better?
Eugene Laloue 1854-1941
Another one of those scenes
where I hear the people talking
and smell the smoke from a kitchen stove.