Inside the Outside | Alderman Exhibitions | Galleries | Chicago Reader
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When: Dec. 7-Feb. 16 2014
This year the Hyde Park Art Center will celebrate its 75th anniversary. So it seems like a good time for the HPAC to look back on its own history, particularly its role in the creation of imagism in the 1960s. The first exhibit of the new year, "Inside the Outside of Imagism," will feature Richard Loving and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris (whose work is on the cover of this week's issue), two Chicago painters who were part of the growing imagist movement. Even though imagism has been around for nearly half a century, art historians and critics still have trouble defining what it actually is: curator Aaron Orr describes it as sitting on the border between pop art, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. But Loving and Spiess-Ferris's paintings together show off its full range. His work is abstract, while hers is more figurative. But, writes Orr, "both Loving and Spiess-Ferris are enchanted by the real magic of life and the transcendent nature of art. They both create spaces—however recognizable, beautiful, calming, terrifying, or quotidian—that invite thoughtful reflection." The HPAC exhibit will show off both their particular roles in the growth of the Chicago art scene and the role of Chicago artists in the history of 20th century art. —Aimee Levitt

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