Terry Dintenfass Gallery
June Leaf is basically a Chicago artist. This is not to say that she works out of Chicago, for in the late ’50s she left there for New York. Many of the Second City’s more prominent talents have sought more open pastures, among them Oldenburg, Indiana, Chamberlain, Golub, and Westermann. But since the time of her departure Leaf never completely sloughed off Chicago’s provincialism—Golub’s expressionism, Albright’s magic realism, and Rosofsky’s grotesque imagery still inform her work. Ironically, her main influence, and theirs for that matter, came from trends in past European art rather than from a regionalistic style drawing upon indigenous midwestern sources. Additionally, it is a curious fact that Chicago artists have, in large part, ignored current art, preferring to make statements which in their proud ignorance they take to be highly personal and individualized—but which are really
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