Friday, December 19, 2014

Portrait Show - 2014


Leonid Ossening

This is my favorite P&C portrait - in a long time - as I feel the presence of a very strong, though not especially pleasant, personality.  Like the early  portraits by Kokoshka,  the hands are very expressive -- but in the realistic tradition of the club, Leonid has  given them the full five fingers each.

Oskar Kokoshka, Rudolf Blumner, 1910

I  don't want to sit down for coffee with this man - except as a viewer of the painting.

As the images to the right attest, he is an architect.

 Andrew Conklin

It looks like this poor girl is as addicted to her computer (or game console?) as the cat is to absinth.

What a strange and beautiful world, evidently in a high-rise with light pouring in from high, unobstructed windows.

Love the chandelier - and the window's reflection on the picture frame


 Roger Akers

A self portrait from another century  - back before Roger's hair turned white.

More often seen doing sculpture now, Roger used to spend a lot of time in the painting studio


 George Clark

As inscribed at the lower left, this was done at the Figurative Art League, Evanston.

Like myself, George might be found anywhere a model is posing. I first met him in a storefront studio in Lincoln Park, about 35 years ago. But the Palette and Chisel now has more than enough model workshops for my needs.

A Botticelli face.

 Helen Oh

This girl probably lives in the same high rise that Andrew Conklin depicted above.


Linda White
(portrait of Zhiwei Tu)

A good portrait of the only P&C member who currently has a museum dedicated to his work.

Misha Livshultz

Abby, the subject of this fine portrait, is not Russian, but Misha has  made her feel like she grew up in Minsk.

Frank Chung

On the other hand,  this portrait of  Misha  seems to place him in the autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan.

Nancie King Mertz

Reminds me of a newspaper illustration - the frequent occupation of many early club members.

Richard Bloomfield

Another good illustration - though this one seems better fit for a magazine.

Stuart Fullerton

This one caught my eye when Stuart was working on it in the Wednesday night painting workshop, a week before this exhibit.

It really carries the force of the model's personality

Stuart Fullerton

This woman -- and this style -- seems to belong to another century -- maybe even the 18th.
She could be a character in "Pride and Prejudice"

Robert Tati

Robert has captured Lenin as the quiet, sensitive, dedicated English gentleman that he is.

Val Yachik

Such a  haunting,  spectral visage is rather unusual for our galleries

Michael Van Zeyl

This is the first time that I've liked Michael's taste for  the flamboyant.  This quiet, flat and thinly painted beautiful girl is wonderfully complemented by the rambunctious flowers.

George Zaremba

I doubt that this girl is a peasant -- or that George is a Communist -- but he could have been a successful revolutionary artist in some kind of people's republic.

George Zaremba

.... while this view of a face from below reminds me of  this famous painting at the Art Institute:


Unlike the now dominant academic art,  P&C artists do not query, they express. 
Unlike Chicago Imagists, they do not express a freakish world that's gone horribly wrong.
But other than that --- they really don't have much in common with each other.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Harlan J. Berk Collection - Online

Carl Hoeckner
Harlan J. Berk is a coin dealer who's been collecting Modernist Chicago painting from the first half of the 20th Century.  Now,  a local art dealer has put his collection online  presumably to sell it off.
This post assembles pieces done by members of the Palette and Chisel

Gordon St. Clair, "Xanadu", 1915

Carl Hoeckner "Anno Christi 1918"

Carl Hoeckner, "Homecoming", 1918

Louis Oscar Griffith, "Chicago", 1911

Louis Weiner, 1946

Ramon Shiva, "Yellow Vaae", 1926

Rudolph Weisenborn, "Dancer", 1918

Rudolph Weisenborn, "Fritzi", 1950