Briggs Dyer & Paul LaMantia Inside Out: Drawings & Paintings from the 1960s

Jan. 7, 2006 - Dec. 3, 2006

Main Gallery

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Briggs Dyer


Man Inside
no date
acrylic on canvas

Briggs Dyer

Untitled (Dark Face)
no date
acrylic on board

Briggs Dyer

Miss America
1960s
oil and collage on canvas

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1970
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1970
mixed media on paper
30" x 40"

Paul Lamantia

Deadly Lesson
1969
mixed media on paper
30" x 37.5"

Paul Lamantia

The Left Hand of God
1966
mixed media on paper
30" x 40"

Paul Lamantia

Share Your Luck
1967
mixed media on paper
30.75" x 40.5"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1967
mixed media on paper
30.5" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1970
mixed media on paper
30" x 40"

Paul Lamantia

Shoe Shine
1971
ink and pencil on paper
30.5" x 42.5"

Paul Lamantia

Like Father Like Son
1968
mixed media on paper
31" x 41"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1970
mixed media on paper
30" x 40"

Paul Lamantia

Untitled
1970
mixed media on paper
31" x 41"

Press Release

An early acolyte of influential painter Francis Chapin, Briggs Dyer was originally a painter of the Midwest landscape and Chicago cityscape, working under the realist style known as American Scene painting. After WWII, however, his work changed drastically, and he started painting challenging modernist artworks, always based on the figure, but often with mutilated, obscured or absent features. He was one of the most important painters and teachers in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s, but a terrible struggle with alcoholism ended his life tragically early in 1970, and now his work is not well known outside of a few circles. Paul LaMantia on the other hand is widely known in Chicago for his intense, often excoriating drawings and paintings. A student of Dyer’s at the School of the Art Institute in the ’60s, LaMantia was a daring and wildly inventive young artist who also attracted the attention of Jean Dubuffet, who asked him to come to Paris to swap ideas.

This exhibition will be the first large-scale showing of Dyer’s work since his untimely death and a selection of LaMantia’s rarely seen early drawings, which are outrageous, beautiful and disturbing, will complement Dyer’s paintings and drawings.