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Vacant Beauty

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standishviagraRobert Standish’s paintings are beautiful.   

They make painters happy, not only because they’re well rendered but also because their commercial success is a sign that painting is not dead.Not even close.

Standish currently has a solo show of his new large-scale photorealistic paintings at Carrie Secrist gallery. Although the subjects vary, an urban theme is pervasive.

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Written by Kelly Reaves

November 15, 2008 at 6:25 am

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature

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The sunsets in Chicago are unbelievable.

Most of us probably don’t see them because we live tucked down in a thick grid lined by enormous stone buildings, but if you’ve ever taken 290 west as the sun sets, you’ve probably had the pleasure of seeing the phenomena. The bloated radioactive pink orb slowly sinking into the industrial lava, the orange contrails stretching behind Jets and through the stratosphere, through the thick atmospheric mush of car exhaust, wrapping Chicago like Christo and Jeanne-Claude would.

Ah, nature. The simplest and most wondrous pleasure we enjoy.We love nature so much, we can even find beauty on a day in the city when the air quality index is extra low.

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Written by Kelly Reaves

October 7, 2008 at 6:42 am