This week: Duncan and Richard talk to artist, professor and
musician Jim Lutes about his work, his career, and his recent show
at the Renaissance Society.
"Chicago-based painter Jim Lutes is often considered heir to the
Imagist tradition. This, however, is only part of the story. Having
come to artistic maturity in the late 1970s, Lutes exemplifies a
larger and more complex historical narrative that entails the
emergence of figuration and regionalism under the declining
influence of Abstract Expressionism. This would be born out over
several bodies of work in which Lutes would vacillate beween a
populist mode of figuration and a painterly abstraction, the
combination of which produced a style along the lines of Picasso in
the 1930s or Guston in the 1970s."