Michael Mahoney - paintings

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The curator, Doug Stapleton, posted this photo on Facebook of the installation in progress - leveling and lighting are yet to be done.


See my previous blog post of November 9 for information about the exhibition.



Exhibition dates: November 25, 2013 - March 21, 2014


The Art of Description 
Nine artists’ compelling images of our clamoring world.

This exhibit addresses how visual artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point of evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The works included focus on still life, landscape, and portraits that emphasize the quiet meditation of these subjects. Organized by Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton of the ISM Chicago Gallery.


Artists: Sandra Binion, Peter Butterfield, Steven Carrelli, Richard Deutsch, Laura Letinsky, Tim Lowly, Michael Mahoney, Karen Perl, Zach Sabin.


Public reception: Friday, December 6, 2013

5 PM to 7:00 PM
After 6 P.M., please enter by the LaSalle Street door.


Gallery Talks (Third Wednesdays at Noon, Free to the Public):

December 18, 2013: Richard Deutsch & Karen Perl

January 15, 2014: Curator's tour
February 19, 2014: Steven Carrelli & Tim Lowly

March 19, 2014: Curator's tour


The Art of Description exhibition takes a cue from Mark Doty’s book The Art of Description, (Graywolf Press, 2010)—a book dedicated to descriptive writing in all its rich and enthralling exactitude. His question, how do we put the world in words? Doty suggests that poetic description is our diligent, continuous, subjective participation in the process of living—something that says as much about us as it does about what is shown.

‘The artist selected‘, says exhibition curator Doug Stapleton, ‘came to mind while reading Doty’s book. All of them take on the clamoring world a distinctive and singular voice. What I perceive in common is a quiet and evocative economy, diligence to the singular moment, and an allowance for our own interpretation to reside in the work.’




For the INPA 3 Manifest received 1292 submissions from 439 artists in 45 states and 27 countries. The publication includes 115 works by 82 artists from 26 states and 8 countries including Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, and the United States. Essays by Matt Metzger and Willie Robertson are also included.


Eleven professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, criticism, and art history juried the third International Painting Annual. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score are included in this publication.

This Online Supplemental Resource provides biographical info, artist statements, and details of sample works for each artist included in the publication.



The Rectangular Canvas is Dead - Richard Diebenkorn and the problems of modern painting


by Jed Perl - September 7, 2013 in the New Republic




My pastel painting Still Life with a White Rabbit will be included in the "International Painting Annual 3" (INPA 3) published by the Manifest Gallery Press in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The INPA is a competitive annual publication established to "support the recognition, documentation and publication of excellent, current and relevant works of painting from around the world."


The INPA 3 is currently in production and preorders will be available soon. An online resource providing biographical information, artist statements and detail images of selected work can be accessed at: http://www.manifestgallery.org/inpa/inpa3/index.html



Two more exhibitions, both in early 2014, have been added to the list of my upcoming shows. Information on all of the shows follows in chronological order:


The Art of Description, a group exhbition curated by Douglas Stapleton, Assistant Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, will open on November 25, 2013 at the Chicago gallery of the Illinois State Museum in the James R. Thompson Center. Other confirmed artists participating are: Sandra Binion, Karen Perl, Steve Carelli, Richard Deutsch and Peter Butterfield. This exhibition will travel and I'll post other venues as I learn of them.


A solo exhibition of my paintings in oil and pastel will be shown in the Len G. Everett Gallery at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. This exhibition will open on January 13, 2014, and run through February 7.


A solo exhibition of my paintings will be shown at the Southeastern Community College Art Gallery in West Burlington, IA. This exhibition opens on January 20, 2014, and runs through February 14.


Painting the Familiar and the Ordinary: Contemporary Still Life, a group exhibition curated by Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Director of the University Art Gallery at Western Illinois University, will open on March 8, 2014 and run through April 19. This exhibit will take place in the University Art Gallery on WIU's campus in Macomb, Illinois.


The image above is of a lithograph by Honoré Daumier, "Salon of 1859."

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