David Salle, who was born in Oklahoma in 1952, andhas lived and worked in New York or decades, was one of the hottest painters on the American scene in the 1980s, and he continues to do provocative work. Along with such artists as Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, he made his mark as a major force in postmodernism, creating collaged canvases filled with intriguing, moody juxtapositons of figures and evocative objects, and reigniting interest in the painted canvas after a period in which photography and the new media had grabbed the spotlight.
In an exhibition running May 14-Aug. 10, The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, will present "David Salle: Ghost Paintings," featuring selections from a series of 14 previously unexhibited works made in 1992 that can be seen as a merger of painting, photography and performance.
The "Ghost Paintings" show photographic images printed on linen of a woman creating improvised movements with a large piece of fabric. These images have been overpainted with horizontal fields of intense color, creating work that exists on three levels: "As a photographic subject (the fabric in the dancer's hands); as a readymade ground (the linen imprinted with photographs), and as a traditional surface for the application of paint."
A public open house is scheduled for 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on 18 May, with a gallery talk by the curator and Chicago artist Gaylen Gerber at 1 p.m.
The Arts Club's exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Fri. and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. Call (312) 787-3997 or visit www..artsclubchicago.org.