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Curt Frankenstein

Dream World and Real World

December 10, 2009 - January 29, 2010

Born to a Jewish father and a Lutheran mother in Hanover, Germany, Curt Frankenstein (1922-2009) was just 17 when he joined his father in Shanghai in 1939, just months before Hitler invaded Poland. When World War II ended, Frankenstein relocated to Chicago to study on a Hillel-sponsored scholarship at the American Academy of Art, and later at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Frankenstein admired abstract expressionism as a young artist, especially the work of Jackson Pollock, but preferred to tell stories through recognizable pictures in a surrealistic manner. He also produced whimsical images relating to the art world and collecting art. This exhibition pays homage to the artist one year after his death, an artist who touched the heart of a large devoted audience with his humorous and imaginary images.

Birth of the Organization Men, Etching, 14 ½ x 21 ¾ in., Collection of the Koehnline Museum of Art

Birth of the Organization Men, Etching, 14 ½ x 21 ¾ in., Collection of the Koehnline Museum of Art

The Art Critics, Etching, 15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in., Courtesy of Sandra and David Sokol

The Art Critics, Etching, 15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in., Courtesy of Sandra and David Sokol

Sewing the Remnants of Spring, Oil, 50 x 40 in.,   Courtesy of Ted and Susan Antrim

Sewing the Remnants of Spring, Oil, 50 x 40 in.,   Courtesy of Ted and Susan Antrim

Sanctuary, Oil, 44 x 60 in., Courtesy of the Caldwell Family

Sanctuary, Oil, 44 x 60 in., Courtesy of the Caldwell Family

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Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator
nharpaz@oakton.edu