Thursday, May 10, 2018

Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this spring in celebrating the life and work of American artist and School of the Art Institue alumni Ivan Albright (1897 - 1983). Open now, Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a focused retrospective featuring works from the museum's permanent collection. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!

 Characterized as the "master of the macabre," Albright's enigmatic and hyper-realistic style evolved in part from his time spent creating medical illustrations for a French hospital during World War I.

His laborious, meticulous technique utilized garish color contrasts applied through thousands of tiny brushstrokes and incorporated myriad shifts in perspective on an individual canvas. For Albright, portraiture was a visual language through which he conveyed the uncanny and embodied the mundane in everyday life.

Albright's thematic focus on temporality, the ephemeral nature of life, materiality and decay remained consistent subjects throughout his career and are manifest in his renowned work the Picture of Dorian Gray, c. 1943/44 (above), created for a film based on Oscar Wilde's infamous novel.

Get up close and immerse yourself in mystery!
 Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago  is on view through August 5th.  Learn more here

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