Lovers of Midwestern landscape will be delighted to find two mid-career masters currently on display at the Ann Nathan Gallery, both of them looking back beyond the twentieth-century, i.e., more concerned with sharp image than with selective focus or expressive brushwork. Arthur Chartow, from Michigan, wants us to share a bright beautiful day, even if we’re looking at a major industrial facility, so he makes a nice contrast with Charles Sheeler’s more severe homages to technology. His world is full of promise, and there’s no sadness in his work, except for some anxiety that such beautiful moments are too perfect to last for very long. While Ahzad Bogosian, from St. Louis, prefers a more cloudy, earthy, atmospheric, kind of day, like the moody Dutch used to have in the seventeeth-century. Bring along a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and join him beside the autumnal banks of the Kankakee, to meditate on that which has come and that which has gone. (Chris Miller)
Through April 16 at Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 W. Superior.