Dominick Di Meo The Man in the Moon

May 16, 2008 - June 28, 2008

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Dominick Di Meo


Myself as Magician
1972
synthetic polymer transfer and charcoal on canvas
22" x 26"

Dominick Di Meo

Floating Figures
1973
charcoal and synthetic polymer on canvas
74" x 60"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Blue & Orange with Black Figures)
1965
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
74" x 60"

Dominick Di Meo

Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape
1965
synthetic polymer on canvas
50" x 60"

Dominick Di Meo

Soft Bouquet
1965
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
60" x 50"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Head with Bones on Black)
no date
shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
32" x 23.5"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Chrome Lozenge with Skulls)
no date
shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
32" x 24"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Face with Forks)
1968
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
28.5" x 18"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Collage Sea with Mans Face on Top)
1970
acrylic, synthetic polymer and collage on canvas
28" x 20"

Dominick Di Meo

Hello Max! Tick-Tock
1966
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
22" x 30"

Dominick Di Meo

Personage Writhing in Night
1972
synthetic polymer transfer on canvas
26" x 30"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Jadwiga Dreams)
1971
synthetic polymer and cord on linen
46.5" x 30.5"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled
1971
synthetic polymer and charcoal on linen
30.5" x 42.5"

Dominick Di Meo

The Bride Revisited (Cigars)
1971
synthetic polymer, collage and cord on linen
34" x 28"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Shaped Canvas with Sunglasses and Red)
1966
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
36" x 33"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Black with Black Blob in the Middle)
1972
shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
32" x 24"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Moon Watch)
1972
acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
28" x 22"

Dominick Di Meo

Untitled (Night Crawler)
1970
acrylic and synthetic polymer transfer on canvas
16" x 20"

Press Release

An inspiration to subsequent artists, including Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Art Green, Di Meo is one of Chicago’s key transitional figures and an artist of immense power and sensitivity. One of the original members of the so-called Monster Roster, a 1950s group of Chicago artists that included Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Cosmo Campoli, George Cohen, June Leaf, Ted Halkin, and Seymour Rosofsky, Di Meo’s Chicago-era work was ferociously unique and personal. His early paintings and drawings featured stressed, existentially tormented figures. He was deeply moved by his encounters with the catacombs of Mexico and Rome, and his dark, haunting images began to acquire a set of common icons, which included skulls and disarticulated limbs and bones. By the late ’50s, Di Meo was making reliefs, utilizing papier-mache, plastic wood, layers of vinyl and plaster. In 196, Di Meo spent a year in Italy, traveling, living in Florence, and working feverishly on his reliefs. When he returned to Chicago, he began painting large scale, creating a stunning series of works that combine synthetic polymer and various methods of stenciling. Playful and somewhat lighter in tone, but still possessed of a dark sense of humor, these glorious works were the last ones Di Meo showed during his tenure in Chicago. For this, Corbett vs. Dempsey’s first exhibition of Di Meo’s work, the selection concentrates on the first quarter century of his development, including the key pieces he made while living in Chicago. To celebrate his reintroduction, CvsD has produced a catalog documenting his achievement. Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, aptly titled his catalog essay: “Where Have You Been All My Life, Dominick Di Meo?”