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Corbett vs. Dempsey: RICHARD KOPPE - Gyroscopic: Cubist Drawings & Late Paintings, 1936-1970 - 30 Nov 2012 to 26 Jan 2013

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30 Nov 2012 to 26 Jan 2013
Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11-4
(& by appointment)
Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Floor
IL 60622
Chicago, IL
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Richard Koppe, Gyroscopic, 1970
oil on canvas
80 x 100 inches


Artists in this exhibition: RICHARD KOPPE


RICHARD KOPPE
GYROSCOPIC:
CUBIST DRAWINGS & LATE PAINTINGS, 1936-1970

– at –
CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY
– in collaboration with –
THE UIC COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, & THE ARTS

November 30, 2012 – January 26, 2013

In collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present Gyroscopic: Cubist Drawings & Late Paintings, 1936-1970, its first retrospective exhibition of works by Richard Koppe.

Even before he came under the spell of the New Bauhaus in Chicago, which he attended and subsequently joined as faculty, Richard Koppe (1916-1973) was a consummate modernist. An intense and imaginative formalist, in the mid 1930s he was already dedicated to the play of shape, color, and composition, and the nature of the serial variation. This set of preoccupations, common to a whole generation of American abstract artists in the mid-century, would guide Koppe his entire life, through flirtations with Surrealism and Expressionism, as he worked in many different media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. Koppe’s early work was deeply involved in a highly stylized species of American Cubism, drawing on what he gained in studies at Chicago’s Institute of Design with László Moholy-Nagy, György Kepes and Alexander Archipenko.

Gyroscopic also highlights Koppe’s extraordinary final body of work, executed between 1969 and 1971. Working large scale, in paintings as big as ten feet wide, late in life Koppe suddenly introduced a new, much flatter, much less gracile modality, featuring a set of iconic “eye” forms as well as a subsidiary motif of abstracted knives. In 1970, Koppe showed 24 of these paintings, including “Gyroscopic,” at the newly-established Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. This fascinating caveat to a five decade long career represents a different landing point from the one suggested by Koppe’s initial trajectory, capping a brilliant life immersed in art and design, explored in depth in the Midwest.

Also on display will be a suite of 1950s screenprints by Koppe's spouse Catherine Hinkle. In the West Wing Corbett vs. Dempsey presents new works by Chicago-based artist Alex Chitty. Using a portable scanner to bend image, color and light, with subtle photographic manipulations of elements in nature, Chitty offers skillfully precise cut paper sculptures and photo-drawings—ethereal, gestural works shaped around the sensory impression of a object no longer present.

Richard Koppe's Gyroscopic will open on Friday, November 30, with a reception from 5:00-8:00pm, and runs through January 26, 2013. A full-color, 66 page catalog will accompany the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of artwork from Gyroscopic will support scholarships for UIC students.


Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
773-278-1664
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm & by appointment







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