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Corbett vs. Dempsey: Konrad Klapheck: The Squared Circle | Jonathan Gardner: Nudes - 26 Oct 2013 to 27 Nov 2013

Current Exhibition

26 Oct 2013 to 27 Nov 2013
Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Opening: Saturday, October 26th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Floor
IL 60622
Chicago, IL
North America
T: +1 773-278-1664

Konrad Klapheck, Archie Shepp, 2005, charcoal on Ingres paper, 25 x 19 1/4 inches

Artists in this exhibition: Konrad Klapheck, Jonathan Gardner

Konrad Klapheck
The Squared Circle

OPENING: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

CHICAGO—Since he emerged in the mid 1950s, Konrad Klapheck has been one of the legendary figures of European painting. His early signature works were canvases of machines – sewing machines, watches, adding machines, motorcycyles, and most importantly typewriters. Under Klapheck's brush, a typewriter carried a great variety of connotations and associations. Using his own patented perspectival system, he endowed them with personality, gender, a sense of menace or seductiveness. In the '60s and '70s, these machines grew more complex and fantastic, but they retained their inherent objectness, their fetishistic quality as still images of metallic beasts. Klapheck began to introduce figures into his work in the 1990s, and these, too, were unlike anything else in contemporary painting. Narrative tableaux, often explicitly erotic and even disturbing, they made clear a side of the work that had always been latent in the anthropomorphic machines. At the same time, the figurative works allowed Klapheck to return to two earlier loves: boxing and jazz. In the early '50s, he had worked as a jazz journalist in Düsseldorf, and the new works included portraits of Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and Coleman Hawkins, as well as avant garde jazz figures including Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, and Ornette Coleman.

Klapheck's work has been shown infrequently in the United States, most recently at Zwirner & Wirth (2007) in an exhibition curated by artist Christopher Williams. In this, Klapheck's first exhibition in Chicago, Corbett vs. Dempsey is proud to present a selection of jazz and boxing drawings and prints by one of the most profound and enigmatic artists of the last 60 years.

In the West Wing, Corbett vs. Dempsey presents new paintings by Jonathan Gardner. With a clear connection to the strange figurative world of Konrad Klapheck, Gardner's works focus on the female nude, in this case always in the company of citrus fruits. Gloriously weird and beautifully painted, these are the latest efforts by one of the gallery's favorite rising Chicago painters.

Both exhibitions open Saturday, October 26th, with a reception from 5:00-8:00pm, and run through November 27th, 2013.

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

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