• Paul LaMantia

    Hyde Park Art Center

    Paul LaMantia is probably the most ignored and underrated artist working in the Chicago Imagist tradition. The reason for this may be his use of violent sexual imagery combined with figures that appear to be part human, part insect or reptile, and part machine. His paintings are intimidating and monstrous in both size and subject matter, and the degree to which many people seem to have gone out of their way to avoid confronting LaMantia’s art is an indication of how effective it is.

    To say that LaMantia is a misunderstood artist would be incorrect. He is perhaps understood all too well—at

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