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Three Modern Artists
Exhibit This Week

by Paul T. Gilbert

IF AN artist of fifty years ago could suddenly be transported to the Arts Club of Chicago, he would probably think he had gone insane, and was seeing things. For there are one-man shows of three moderns all exhibiting at the same time, and the effect is rather overwhelming.

A rarely comprehensive collection of the late Juan Gris occupies the largest gallery, and as all his works are abstractions pure and complicated, the ordinary observer will be slightly puzzled.

Gris says he has attempted to humanize the abstract side of painting, adding:

"Cezanne makes a cylinder out of a bottle: I make a bottle out of a cylinder, a special bottle. I work with the elements of the mind."

With that much assistance, see what you can make of the result.

Walter P. Chrysler Jr. of New York has loaned his famous Pablo Picasso collection to the club, and a gallery is filled with pastels, water colors, drawings and ink washes.

The subject for "Head of a Boy" is so beautiful that he looks like an exquisite girl. "Acrobats" and "Study of a Hand" are the epitome of fine drawing. But most of the canvases are weird and wild and unsatisfactory.

The third one-man show is of special interest to Chicagoans, for it consists of the first collection of the work of the late Honore Palmer Jr. The artist, untimely dead in his twenties, has been represented in the city only by a mural in the Palmer House.

Fifteen oils are being shown, painted during the last two years. Six are portraits and those of himself and Allen Porter are unfortunately unfinished. He had a keen eye for the characters of his subjects and painted them frankly and honestly.

With the single exception of one portrait, behind whose head there is a nimbus of brilliant gold-green, the canvases are somber in tone and depressing in effect. Judging from his paintings, this promising young artist took life a bit too seriously.

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KATHERINE KUH has gone conservative! At least for the month of January, during which she is showing in her gallery at 540 N. Michigan av. 100 photographs by Edward Weston, one of the masters of this popular form of art.

Although he makes his home in California, Mr. Weston was born in Chicago. As a fellow of the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he is at present in the enviable position of not having to earn a living. He has made thousands of splendid studies of the Southwest and California, and is now in Death Valley, recording its startling sunsets, clouds, and sand formations.

Mr. Weston was the first American photographer to interest himself in texture, and went to endless trouble cutting vegetables in cross sections in order to photograph their myriad configurations. None of these studies are included in this exhibition, which contains chiefly landscapes and light and shadow studies.

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TOWARDS the end of this month opens one of the most ambitious art exhibits of the year - the fifteenth annual Hoosier Salon, to be held at Marshall Field's. The natives of Indiana stand back of their artist sons and daughters with an enthusiasm that could well be emulated by other states - not to mention Illinois.

At this exhibit, prizes to the amount of nearly $3,000 are awarded annually - more than is offered at any other Chicago show during the entire year. The awards range from fifty to five hundred dollars in each classification of work submitted

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