Archive for October, 2011

Grand Guignol II: Haxan opens tomorrow!

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 October, 2011 by Thomas Negovan

Well, technically… today.  But I am finally now home with my two little dogs and before I sleep must post some photos.  I will be more eloquent tomorrow, I hope to see some of you at the event!  Open to the public from 7-10, Saturday October 22nd, 2041 West Carroll, Chicago IL.

This is far and away my favorite show I’ve curated.  Ever.

As of this moment all works are available.  I’ll do my best to check my email, THOMAS at CENTURYGUILD dot NET throughout the day and night but your best bet is to be at the opening.

To load easily, I just used thumbnails- click on them for a larger image.  I hope you’re sitting down for this…

-Thomas

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Egon Schiele and Dean Karr

Grand Guignol II: Haxan

Grand Guignol II: Haxan at Century Guild

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Malleus, Potocki, Wolfrom, Schnackenberg, Potocki, Fraipoint, Hussar, Mars.

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

An opinion on organized religion from 1914...

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Gail Potocki "Low" $5500

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Austin Young "Diamanda Galás" $1900

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Dean Karr "Prague Twins" $2400

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Mars, Holst, Toso, Schwabe.

Mars, Holst, Toso, Schwabe.

Hussar and Mars, both available.

Century Guild Grand Guignol Haxan

Klimt, Hohenstein, Malleus, Potocki, Wolfrom, Schnackenberg

Kahler, Wahliss, Zsolnay and other Symbolist artifacts pre-1905

Kahler, Wahliss, Zsolnay and other Symbolist artifacts pre-1905

Dachsel and Schwabe, all c. 1895

Dachsel and Schwabe, all c. 1895

Carlos Schwabe "Destruction"

Carlos Schwabe "Destruction"

Jeremy Bastian- original ink work surrounded by enlarged details.  Because we all don't carry magnifying glasses and he is not what you would call sane.

Jeremy Bastian- original ink work surrounded by enlarged details. Because we all don't carry magnifying glasses and he is not what you would call sane. Tiny, tiny, tiny brush lines. This has a great title but it's long and I can't remember it at 3 am.

More Symbolist objects and the largest Gail Potocki painting, ever: "Seedlings". Available.

Fenneker, Goedde, Orazi, Heine, and Matejko

McKean's "Faust", more McKean; Kley, and Potocki

McKean, more McKean, Kley, and Potocki

Malleus and McKean

Malleus "Hurt" and McKean "Faust"

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Malleus: "Hurt" silkscreen

Grand Guignol Haxan at Century Guild

Symbolist statuary, c. 1898.



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SNEAK PREVIEW: “Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him”

Posted in Austin Young, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Gail Potocki, Grand Guignol, Malleus Rock Art Lab on 21 October, 2011 by j.a.

"Your first look at 'HÄXAN - Satan + The Women who love Him'"

Just over 40 hours until decadent Hell is unleashed upon Chicago…

Austin Young’s 1999 portrait of avant-garde diva Diamanda Galás lures you in to bear witness to the sensual horrors Century Guild has curated; Georges de Feure’s 1893 Japonist conjuration of wickedness “Friends of the Devil in the Flesh” and Gustav Klimt’s ultra-seductive “The Witch” (1919)  are but a few of the number of important works documenting magical women.

If you look closely, you can also see Italian Art Nouveau master Adolfo Hohenstein next to modern Italian artists Malleus, painter Gail Potocki, and sculptor Stanislav Szukalski adding to the ambiance…

If you’re in Chicago, you DO NOT want to miss what we have in store for you.  For more information, click HERE.

–j

Just in time for HÄXAN… Michael Hussar and “The Devil & His Consort”

Posted in Century Guild Events, Michael Hussar on 18 October, 2011 by j.a.

A brief glimpse at some of our latest acquisitions for THIS SATURDAY’S exhibition, “Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him”.

The first, from painter Michael Hussar:

"American Teet" by Michael Hussar

"American Teet" by Michael Hussar

This piece, as well his painting “Apple of Eden”, join a roster of fiendishly gorgeous artworks adorning our walls.  If you aren’t able to see these in person, worry not: in addition to the exhibition book slated for release after the show, the show will be available to view online!

We also welcome the black-hearted bon vivant, the most dapper Lord of Darkness himself… with the loveliest of corseted companions! “The Devil & His Consort” are a pair of antique, carved wooden sculptures from 1883.

"The Devil & His Consort", 1883

"The Devil & His Consort", 1883

It is impossible to top this quote commenting on the statues from an arts periodical. After commenting favorably on the furniture and decorative works in the Esposizione di Belle Arti in Rome, the correspondent was taken aback by one artist’s works- and two pieces- in particular:

(From The Architect, March 17, 1883)

“Amongst the furniture of F. Toso in the next gallery there are a number of figures, life size, carved in coloured woods in a realistic manner for hall decoration, than which it would be more difficult to conceive anything more disagreeable, or to imagine where and to whom they could give the slightest pleasure. One of these is a fiend with hoofs and horns in elaborate evening dress, holding out a plate for the reception of cards; another is a female to match, offering a ring. The vulgarity and hideousness might poison the taste and fine artistic feelings of a child for a lifetime, and shake the nerves of a sensitive person in any house in which they might be found.

You’ll have to wait until the 22nd of October to see them in all their decadent glory. To present inquiries about placing them in your art collection, email us at inquiries@centuryguild.net.

Hope to see you Saturday.
–j