It is that time of year again and our team at Zygman Voss Gallery wants to make it as stress free as possible to find a gift of lasting value for your loved ones. So, with this in mind, we are offering you a curated catalog of reasonably priced artworks so we can save you from the chaos of crowded stores and busy streets. Our selections will be sure to brighten your holiday season and bring joy to you and your family for years to come.
View a copy of the catalog by clicking Holiday 2015 Gift Ideas.
Feel free to contact us for any additional information at (312) 787-3300.
Have a wonderful Holiday!
Ahron and Nancy
As a means of offering a brief introduction to our upcoming exhibition Here, as Now, our resident curator Walker Thisted has written a few words to help orient our collectors. Download Introduction to Here As Now or read the text below:
The five artists included in Here, As Now create a unique space through their artwork as a detour from the space of daily life that we commonly inhabit. Within the limits of the painting’s edge, these spaces are a condensation of the subject matter that the artist has chosen to focus on through the specific nature of their art practice. For Katherine Desjardin, this departure point for abstraction is the commercial, industrial, and agricultural life of a city. Michelle Bolinger’s artwork draws on a complex vision of three dimensional forms, lines, and fields that interact within an imaginary space only to gradually be given a fixed two-dimensional form through an almost archeological approach to excavating and revealing through painting. John Lyon takes his own past paintings as his subject matter and uses digital collage techniques to create new possibilities. While Michelle Bolinger may begin within an invisible sculptural space as a point of departure, Michelle Wasson begins with surreal space filled with ideas, emotions, and distorted figures. This space gradually takes form through the act of painting that very often includes references to the process and images of painting itself. We might even begin to imagine a situation in which the painting could paint itself. Nemeth, on the other hand, begins with the void of the blank canvas without preconceptions, but with an eye to the natural world that surrounds her. Objects, voids, absences, light, and crevices emerge that begin to structure the canvas and create an artwork that, like the other artists, draws on the tradition of modernism while offering a contemporary rendering of the landscape we inhabit, albeit via the abstraction of personal experience and memories.
The result of this approach to abstraction from an initial subject is both a specific relationship to this underlying subject rendered as a style of painting unique to the artist and a specific understanding of subjectivity more broadly. In doing so, they create an opportunity for us to consider how the artist relates to the world as subject of their work as well as how they understand themselves as subject within a broader world of objects that are at times familiar, at others foreign, and sometimes incomplete. Through this understanding, they are able to define their own subjective power that anchors their broader investigation. It is this dynamic back and forth between acting as part of the world and analyzing the world that allows them each to re-create a hybrid world that oscillates between subjective and objective. These paintings trace the intense amount of time both in the studio and in the world that is required for creation and offer the viewer a route by which they too can explore the relationship between interior and exterior, individuality and collective experience. They offer a space to contemplate this unique capacity of the medium of paint in a way that remains somewhat mysterious and perhaps even magical.
In order to accomplish the creation of such a space, the artists have each spent considerable time honing the process by which they create their artwork. For each artist, this has involved a critical engagement with the medium of painting itself that questions assumptions about how the medium is used and what it can express. For Desjardin and Lyon, this has involved introducing photography, digital collage, masking, and a complex relationship between figure and ground. Desjardin, in particular, draws upon durational engagement with the life of the city and forms of urban art such as graffiti. Bolinger often uses sanding and scraping to reveal earlier layers of the process. Nemeth creates incredibly dense moments within the canvas that are juxtaposed with crevices that are portals into a space in-between reality and imagination. Wassen utilizes thin layers of paint as washes that can add an almost endless series of layers to her paintings that hide and reveal various elements of the composition.
It is this process of abstraction through practice that ties all five of the artists together and what creates a space that fixes and marks the time that the artist has invested in the creation of the artwork. The paintings that result create a full moment rich with presence that commands attention. However, the artwork is not just a representation of this time or of an underlying subject matter. It is an event that stands out here and now in a meaningful manner. The artwork is, in this sense, a break from the space of the everyday and from the standard flow of events that we take for granted. It is a departure point for experiencing an alternative set of spatial and temporal laws. Experiencing this alternative might help to shed light on the complexity of our lives, the dynamic relationships and connections that form, and the constraints of the spatial, social, political, and economic world that we occupy.
This occurs, however, specifically through the medium of paint and as tied to its long tradition. Like so many of the great painters of the past whose artwork Zygman Voss has exhibited since opening, this collection of artists straddle the divide between subject and object and, in doing so, trace a feeling, emotion, experience, or idea that might serve as the painting’s origin. This idea ultimately is something that the viewer feels, but that cannot necessarily be seen. The viewer must be content with the invisible idea and the painting as a trace that renders an approximation. This invisibility, however, supports different conceptions of what this underlying idea might be and allows for each individual viewer to have their own evolving relationship both to the artwork and to the artwork as a tool that frames the world in which we live. These artworks go beyond simply making a new space that is colorful, interesting, and dynamic and actually create a place that we the viewer feel that we can inhabit, if perhaps only for the limited time that we direct our full attention towards its surface here, in the gallery, for now.
We are pleased to announced that Errol Jacobson was awarded the Gold Medal by the Plein Air Painter of Chicago.
The award is named in honor of Scott Tallman Powers, the founder of the of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago.
In addition, he was awarded the Gold Medal for the second year in row by The Palette and Chisel at their Gold Medal Show this past October.
La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead
Join us for the Museum’s annual Day of the Dead exhibition
Opening Reception on Friday, September 18th, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Exhibition continues through December 13, 2015
For Group Tour Reservations please call 312.738.1503 ext. 3842
La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead
Come celebrate the Day of the Dead with the works of over 90 artists of Mexican descent from both sides of the border. This year we are featuring the painting tradition of the Death Child and the little angels’ ritual. Thirteen ofrendas and installations were created to remember distinguished artists and members of the community alike. Folk art, paintings, and sculptures comprise the largest annual exhibition of Day of the Dead in the U.S.
Curated by Dolores Mercado.
La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead exhibition is dedicated to the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa, Guerrero Teachers College, missing since September 26, 2014.
The exhibition will include 13 ofrendas and 116 art pieces from more than 90 artists from the U.S. and Mexico.
Ofrendas & Installations
- Monumental Huaquechula Altar in honor of an Infant Soul / Altar monumental de Huaquechula en honor a un ánima infante, José Antonio Cazabal Castro and Silverio Feliciano Reyes Sarmiento (Huaquechula, Puebla)
- We are Earth and Earth with Fire makes Stone / Somos tierra y la tierra con el fuego se hace piedra: ¡¡Ayotzi vive, la lucha sigue!!, Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves (Chicago)
- Rag Paper Stairway to Los Cielos: a Printmakers Ladder / Escalera de papel algodón a the sky: La escalera de un grabador, Principal Artists: Zeke Peña, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, BECCA and Sonia Romero. Art Direction: Richard Montoya & Zeke Peña, Oscar Duardo for Modern Multiples and la Familia Duardo. From Modern Multiples: Golum (Epson); Ivan Alpuche, Master Printer; John Tallacksen, assistant to printer; Mary Wentz, all around studio assistant; Gilad Koriski, Digital (California)
- Ofrenda for Eduardo Galeano, Jorge Luca (Guadalajara/Uruguay)
- Ofrenda for Ray Abeyta, Luis Tapia and Carmella Padilla (New Mexico)
- Skeletons of Quinn 2015 / Calacas de Quinn, 2015, Hugo Crosthwaite Assisted by: Theresa Magario (Baja California)
- The Queen of Tejano / La Reina del Tejano, Al Rendon and Henry M. DeLeon (Texas)
- I am Coyote Song, “I am the guilty one” / Yo soy la canción del coyote, “Yo soy el culpable”: Ofrenda for Carlos Cortéz ,David Pesqueira Assisted by: Mark Ernst (Chicago)
- Santo in the World of the Dead: Altar to the Silver Masked Wrestler / Santo en el mundo de los muertos: ofrenda al enmascarado de plata, Juan Javier and Gabrielle Pescador (Michigan)
- Ofrenda for Irene C. Hernandez, Arturo Zendejas, Diane H. Zendejas, Veronica Z. Whitaker, Marisa Martens, Irene C. Hernandez Middle School: Lilian Bityou, Miguel Medina, Gerardo Serrano, Guillermo Espinosa, Melody Rayo, Sesash Gutierrez and Alondra Torres (Chicago)
- Ofrenda for Shirley “Soledad” Lozano Velásquez, Carmen Velásquez and María Elena Hanson (Chicago)
- Ofrenda for Rudy Aviña, Eleazar Delgado Assisted by: Jeff Maldonado, MariCarmen Moreno, Robert Valadez and Rosie Campanita Torres (Chicago)
- Unity / Unidad, Eduardo Alvarado (Chicago)
- Eduardo A. Treviño (Chicago)
- Ray Abeyta (New Mexico-New York, 1956-2014)
- Jesús Acuña (Chicago)
- José Antonio Aguilar (?-Chicago, 1936-1998)
- Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar (Chicago)
- Claudia Álvarez (New York)
- Esau Andrade (California)
- Raymundo Andrade (Nayarit)
- José Agustín Andreu (Chicago)
- Rene H. Arceo (Chicago)
- Carlos Barberena (Chicago)
- Arturo Barrera (Chicago)
- Héctor Barrón (Chicago)
- Carmen Bordes (Jalisco)
- Rocio Caballero (Mexico City)
- Antonio Felipe Calendaria (Michoacán)
- Alfonso Castillo Orta (Puebla)
- Javier Chavira (Indiana)
- José “CHema Skandal!” Nieto (Chicago)
- Elena Climent (New York)
- Carlos Cortéz (Wisconsin-Chicago, 1923–2005)
- Alma Domínguez (Chicago)
- Marcos Dorado (California)
- Hector Duarte (Chicago)
- César Durantón (Mexico City)
- José Esquivel (Texas)
- Arturo García (New York)
- Rupert Garcia (California)
- Cecilia Gómez Lauría (Chicago)
- Pat Gomez (California)
- Sergio Gómez (Chicago)
- Ricardo Gonzalez (Chicago)
- Judithe Hernández (California)
- Ricardo Santos Hernández (Chicago)
- Paulina Jaimes (Mexico City)
- Salvador Jiménez-Flores (Chicago)
- Allan Koss (Chicago)
- Sotero Lemus Gervacio (State of Mexico)
- Analú María López (Chicago)
- Marty Lord (Montana)
- Jesús Macarena (Chicago)
- Oscar Magallanes (California)
- Rosanna Mark-Andreu (Chicago)
- Naomi “Monstrochika” Martinez (Chicago)
- Roxana Josefina Martínez (California)
- Victoria Martínez (Chicago)
- Lucía Maya (Jalisco)
- Yvette Mayorga (Chicago)
- Camilo Medina (Guanajuato, ?-1949)
- Michael Menchaca (Texas)
- Elsa Muñoz (Chicago)
- Ann Murdy (New Mexico)
- Mark Nelson (Chicago)
- Pedro J. Palacios (Chicago)
- Ignacio Peralta Soledad (Puebla)
- Joseph “Sentrock” Pérez (Chicago)
- Esperanza Portilla Zamora (Mexico City)
- Esther E. Ramirez (Chicago)
- Ramírez Family (Puebla)
- Héctor Javier Ramírez (Jalisco)
- Diego Marcial Rios (California)
- Alejandro Rivera Leal (Guanajuato)
- Juan Carlos Rodríguez (Indiana)
- Ricardo Ruiz (Texas)
- Alejandra Sánchez Orvañanos (Chicago)
- Manuel Sandoval (Jalisco)
- Diana Solís (Chicago)
- Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes (Chicago)
- Maria Tomasula (Indiana)
- Thelma Uranga (Chicago)
- Robert Valadez (Chicago)
- Salvador Vega (Chicago)
- Angelina Villanueva (Chicago)
- And several Anonymous Artists