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Chicago-based painter Jim Lutes is often considered heir to the Imagist tradition. This, however, is only part of the story. Having come to artistic maturity in the late 1970s, Lutes exemplifies a larger and more complex historical narrative that entails the emergence of figuration and regionalism under the declining influence of Abstract Expressionism. This mid-career retrospective surveyed Lutes’ oeuvre from his gritty Chicago cityscapes and narratives of disillusionment of the 1980s to his current synthesis of figuration and a lyrical process-based abstraction.
18 x 24", double-sided
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