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P, 1952, Oil on muslin, 21 x 16 inches (53.3 x 40.6 cm)
think my whole tendency has been away from a fast moving line either
violent or lyrical into something that is slower and denser and more
wandering and unknowing
–– James Brooks
Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present James Brooks: Familiar World 1942 – 1982,
an exhibition of small-scale paintings by the masterful Abstract
Expressionist James Brooks. On view from May 3 through June 23, 2017,
this historic survey traces the evolution of the artist’s career over a
period spanning four decades.
Brooks (1906–1992) began his career as an artist during the Great
Depression, moving to New York City in 1926, where he worked as a
muralist under the Works Progress Administration and studied
representational painting at the Art Students League. His career as an
artist was briefly disrupted when he was drafted to serve in the United
States Army as an Art Correspondent in the Middle East in 1942. Brooks’
time in the Middle East directly coincided with the rise of Abstract
Expressionism as an established movement in the United States. Upon
returning to New York in 1945, Brooks turned away from representational
painting toward abstraction, drawing inspiration from his friendships
with peers such as Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, and Bradley Walker
the mid-1940s, Brooks’ work was largely influenced by the synthetic
Cubism of Picasso and Braque, which is most apparent in the composition
of his early paintings, such as Bad Intentions (c. 1942-43) and Christmas Fantasy (1946).
Over time Brooks became increasingly inspired by the Surrealists, in
particular their preoccupation with using art as a means of accessing
the unconscious. While paintings such as Z (1954) may suggest
to the viewer landscapes or other natural forms, Brooks claimed, “It
never occurs to me in painting that I am taking either from nature or
manufacture; everything pools into one source, I suppose, and is
unconsciously drawn on."
known for his restrained approach to creating rhythmic, Abstract
Expressionist paintings, Brooks’ most inventive practice developed out
of a chance discovery, when he accidentally dripped paint onto the
reverse of an absorbent Bemis cloth to discover fragmentary forms had
seeped through on the front. Finding these stains to be more visually
compelling than what was originally painted on the front, Brooks would
employ this method throughout the his career, applying paint onto the
reverse of absorbent cloth and squeeging the paint with cardboard.
similar working methods to those of his contemporaries—such as the
spontaneous drip paintings of Pollock—Brooks adapted his process through
a range of more mannered techniques. Rather than dripping paint
directly onto an entire canvas in the manner of Pollock, Brooks would
sparingly drip paint onto only a small region of the canvas, at times
vertically rotating the canvas to force drips in different directions.
In works such as Aamo (1981), he used brush strokes to create
the illusion of drips so convincingly that it is difficult to
distinguish between the real drip and the artificial. Navigating these
two extremes––the semblance of instantaneous gesture on one hand and a
controlled mediation of materials on the other––Brooks’ work is entirely
distinct from that of the other Abstract Expressionists.
James Brooks: Familiar World 1942 – 1982 presents a unique view into the history of Abstract Expressionism through the vantage point of this crucial figure.
About the artist
Brooks was born in St. Louis, MO in 1906. He studied art at the
Southern Methodist University from 1923-25. In 1926, Brooks moved to New
York City, where he studied at the Art Students League with Kimmon
Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson. Brooks married Mary MacDonald
(1938-42). He served in the United States Army in the Middle East as an
Art Correspondent, with headquarters in Cairo and traveled in North
Africa, Palestine, and Egypt (1942-45). He married the artist Charlotte
Park in 1947. James Brooks died in East Hampton, NY in 1992.
Museum exhibitions include James Brooks at the Dallas Museum of Art: A Celebration, Dallas, TX (2006); Rediscovering James Brooks: WPA Murals & Other Figural Works, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (1997); James Brooks: A Retrospective, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME (1983); and James Brooks Retrospective,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1963), traveled to Rose
Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Baltimore Museum of Art,
Baltimore, MD; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Washington Gallery of
Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.; University of California Art
Galleries, Los Angeles, CA. Selected museum collections include Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York, NY, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn
Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.
 Irving H. Sandler. “James Brooks and the Abstract Inscape,” Art News, vol. 61 (February 1963), p. 63
Underground Film Festival is proud to release the full screening
schedule for its 24th annual celebration of independent, experimental
and documentary films from local Midwestern filmmakers and around the
This year's festival features 24 films
from Chicago filmmakers (4 features and 20 shorts), 12 world premieres, 5
North American premieres and 3 films from IFP Chicago members: Jesseca
Ynez Simmons' Emerald Ice, Luke Boyce's The Pooka and Laura Stewart's Drifting Towards the Crescent, which will open the festival on Wednesday, May 31.
All the Rage, directed by Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley and David Belinson, was featured in a Chicago Sun Times article yesterday written by Bill Zwecker. All the Rage is screening at CUFF on Saturday, June 3 at 6pm, and tickets are already close to selling out.
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2112 Hosts The Immersive Tech Summit
Saturday, April 29; 12:00-6:30pm
Stop by the IFP Chicago booth this Saturday during 2112's Immersive Tech Summit!
Join us on Saturday at this hands-on, intensive weekend features over 30
speakers, three rooms, exploring virtual, augmented and mixed reality
conceptualization, production & post production, branding &
marketing case studies, trends, best practices & standards, and
Events include a 48 Hour VR Film Challenge where participants make a
360° movie in only 48 hours, a presentation on navigating the IL Film
Production Tax Credit Program with IL Film Office, an introduction to
Live 360 VR Video workshop, a talk on Holographic Reality with Hologram
USA and panels like VR/AR as a branding/advertising strategy.
Last Call to Register for ISA’s TV Weekend Chicago
May 5-7; 12:00-6:30pm
The biggest names in the industry, who have
worked with and developed writers for 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers,
Disney, NBC Universal, ABC TV, WGA and more, are coming to Chicago! The
weekend will teach writing memorable characters, creating a strong
internal story, developing a pilot execs can’t ignore, specific pitching
skills and techniques, getting an agent or manager, launching and
building a TV career and how to book writing assignments and get staffed
on a show.
you select IFP Chicago (Independent Features Project- Midwest) on your
Amazon Smile account, a percentage of your purchase is automatically
donated to IFP Chicago and will directly support our efforts! The best
part is that you can use Amazon Smile year round!
ABOUT IFP CHICAGO
IFP Chicago is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the
idea that independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice
in our society. We provide information, community, education and
professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers,
industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. We encourage
quality and diversity in independent production and assist filmmakers at
all levels of experience in realizing their unique vision. To find out
about upcoming programs & events please visit ifpchicago.org.
at Cog Hill June 9 Event highlights group's achievements in making golf
a reality for people with special needs
Illinois' growing momentum in advancing the adaptive golf movement,
which makes playing golf a reality for persons with special needs, will
be on center stage Friday, June 9 at the Freedom Golf Association Annual
Golf Outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.
The Annual Golf Outing teams up special needs golfers with able-bodied
golfers and serves as an inspiring showcase for the great strides that
have been made in the adaptive golf movement. An estimated 200 people-50 foursomes-are expected to participate in this
annual tournament, described as a "fun gathering of FGA friends" that
is organized by the Freedom Golf Association. Able-bodied and special
needs golfers from the Chicagoland area, age 10 and above, are encouraged
to take part in this tournament, organized as a shotgun, best ball
tournament played on Cog Hill's #2 course (Ravines).
tournament registration and warmup period runs from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30
a.m. After announcements at 7:45 a.m., the shotgun tournament begins at 8
a.m. Following the tournament, a cocktail
reception, awards ceremony and luncheon begin at approximately 2 p.m. If
the weather is inclement and the tournament is cancelled, rain checks
for play at Cog Hill will be distributed, or a new date will be
announced at the event.
Individuals can join a foursome (four able-bodied golfers plus a
special needs golfer) for $200; full foursome packages are available for
$700. The reception, awards ceremony and luncheon is included in the
price. Those who would like to cheer on the golfers from the gallery and
attend the reception and lunch can reserve their seat for $50. There
will be raffle awards, event awards, plus a live and silent auction.
Volunteers are welcome! Anyone who wishes to help run the tournament June 9 should call FGA at 630-455-6018.
Understanding Adaptive Golf Adaptive
golf is the term that encompasses a growing number of local, state and
national initiatives to make golf available to persons who have
physical, intellectual, or sensory challenged individuals. Included
among these are "wounded veterans," many of whom suffer from PTSD.
make it possible for people with disabilities to play golf, a variety
of adaptive strategies have been adopted. Among them are Single Rider
carts for the non-ambulatory, adaptive golf clubs, golf courses that
have been made more accessible, changes in rules as written by the USGA.
Golf swings, grips, and prosthetics may be also needed to allow the
disabled to play the game.
On a national level, the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance
(USAGA) was formed in 2014. Presently there are 17 chapters across
United States, speaking with one voice, and bringing adaptive golf to
over 10,000 disabled individuals annually, of which approximately 23%
are wounded veterans.
An Opportunity for Sponsorship According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 57 million disabled
persons in the country. 18 million of them want to play golf, according
to the PGA Foundation. This makes supporting organizations such as
Freedom Golf Association very attractive and rewarding for
organizations, as there is a large number of potential golfers among
those with special needs. The growth of the adaptive golf movement
underscores the need for more funds to support these types of programs. FGA
receives support from thousands of donors. Major golf and
sports-related companies and organizations who have supported FGA
include FootJoy, Titleist, Bridgestone, Ahead,
Under Armour, BMW Championship, Encompass Champions Tour, and the Tiger
Woods Foundation. Corporate sponsors and partners include Hinsdale Bank
& Trust, Molex, Comcast, AlphaGraphics, Rytech, Buddig, RIC, GE
Capital and, ATI. Foundations that support FGA include Amvets, the First
Non-profit Foundation, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, Kids Golf Foundation, and The First
Tee of Greater Chicago. Golf facilities that partner with FGA include
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Downers Grove Golf Club, Naperbrook
Golf Course, Meadowlark Forest Preserve Golf, Rich Harvest Farms, White
Pines Golf Dome, MQ's Golf Dome, Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center,
and River Bend Golf Club. FGA works with corporations and organizations to tailor their
support. FGA acknowledges sponsors through website exposure, media,
newsletter and more. For more information about sponsorship
opportunities, please contact Sally Ruecking, Director of Development
and Personnel, by email or by telephone at 630-455-6018.
About Freedom Golf Association Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(C)3 non-profit organization,
is the leading adaptive golf organization in Illinois and is a charter
member of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance. FGA was founded in
July 2012 by Edmund (E.Q.) Sylvester. E.Q. is a director of the Western
Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf
Association (USSGA), and a triple amputee. FGA is dedicated to bringing
joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their
inclusion in the game of golf.
FGA believes that all special needs individuals deserve a chance to
accomplish the same things as any others do and work towards bringing a
positive transformation to their lives. FGA contributes to the positive
development of those with special needs through the magic of golf.
FGA works to assist individuals with disabilities in many ways:
Provides professionally run instructional clinics and golf events
Engages children, adults and veterans with special needs in FREE golf instruction with other classmates
Conducts adaptive golf training workshops to increase the
number of qualified golf coaches to instruct individuals with special
Provides leadership and collaboration with nationally recognized organizations on how to expand/grow adaptive golf programs
Based on its growing understanding of the needs of disabled golfers,
the FGA has developed a ground-breaking Adaptive Golf Enhancement
Program™ that increases the golfing ability of special needs golfers.
FGA's golf coaches learn this six-step process, which helps them to
better understand and enhance the capabilities of special needs golfers.
To assist coaches and special needs golfers in determining what
adaptive measures would be most beneficial, FGA recently invested in
what they call a "personal swing sensors and computerized program" to 1)
measure the disabled golfer's initial swing path and limitations; 2)
develop an appropriate exercise program to improve flexibility and range
of motion; and 3) to chart the golfer's progress, using the initial
swing measurements as a baseline.
In 2016, FGA provided more
than 1,300 adaptive golf lessons. In the same year, 110 special needs
golfers went out and played on the course. Ten individuals became
trained FGA Adaptive Golf Coaches, growing the total number to 42.
79 cents out of every dollar received goes to FGA's special needs
golf programs and events. FGA has helped 40 Chicagoland courses become
accessible to the disabled community.