December 11, 2018

Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

Gertrude Abercrombie (aka The Gertrude Stein of the midwest) - 66 years after her last show in New York City her surrealistic paintings, curated by Dan Nadal, were on view Karma Gallery
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Gertrude Abercrombie

66 years after her last show in New York City, Gertrude Abercrombie’s works, curated by Dan Nadal, were on view August 9th – September 23rd, 2018 at Karma.

Mary Lynn Buchanan in front of Gertrude Abercrombie's works at KARMA
“I am not interested in complicated things nor in the commonplace. I like and like to paint simple things that are a little strange. My work comes directly from my inner consciousness and it must come easily. It is a process of selection and reduction.” - Gertrude Abercrombie
‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

Nadal, who also did an incredible job curating Red Grooms show at Marlborough Contemporary, has a knack for organizing large collections of an artist’s lifetime of work, in a way where you understand their vibe, spirit, and soul the moment you walk in.

‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

Gertrude is a surrealist painter, who was also famous for being very involved in the Chicago jazz scene.

“Surrealism is meant for me because I am a pretty realistic person but I don’t like all I see. So I dream that it is changed… Only mystery and fantasy have been added. All the foolishness has been taken out.” - Gertrude Abercrombie
‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

She was even known to house famous jazz musicians in her home, and she founded a Chicago Salon in her home for musicians, poets, etc.

“Gertrude Stein of the Midwest,” Abercrombie reigned over the cultural scene of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood from the 1930s to the 1970s, where she held lively dinner parties and salons that included many of the city’s legendary jazz musicians, writers, and artists.” - Hyperallergic
Installation image of Gertrude Abercrombie's works at KARMA
‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA
“Gertrude Abercrombie…has taken the essence of our music and transported it into another form.” - Dizzie Gillespie
‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA
Mary Lynn Buchanan admiring Gertrude Abercrombie's works at KARMA

Notable Exhibition Press

The New York Times

Hyperallergic

The Art Critical

Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA
‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

Her works can be found in some very impressive collections including (but not limited to) 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

‍Close up of a work by Gertrude Abercrombie at KARMA

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