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By Thomas Connors | August 18, 2014 | Culture
A new visual arts center celebrates the work of the late, great Ed Paschke and spotlights other emerging Chicago artists.
Femme Noir by Ed Paschke, 1987.
Ed Paschke’s pictures were never easy on the eye. Violently hued and sometimes frightening, they challenged the proprieties of painting, often conjuring a Mad Max world populated by uncategorizable figures that stopped you in your tracks. Combining an in-your-face attitude with an absolute delight in image making, his work found its way into major institutions around the world, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Louvre. The Northwest Side native passed away in 2004; now, the new Ed Paschke Art Center offers free access to the largest collection of his work on public display. And fittingly, for a man who was known as a supportive friend to artists, the sprawling space in Jefferson Park serves as a showcase for the efforts of others.
The Center partners with the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago in identifying and encouraging emerging local talents, and this summer it launched the search for its first artist in residence. The center is also presenting “Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, and the Velvet Underground,” an exhibition of works by local photographer Steve Schapiro. A favorite of Life, Time, and Rolling Stone magazines, Schapiro has captured all sorts of folks in the last 50 years, from migrant workers to movie stars, Samuel Beckett to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through January 2, 2015. 5415 W. Higgins St., 312-533-4911
image by ed paschke