Seymour Rosofsky

Gray | Chicago

Seymour Rosofsky was born in Chicago, where he grew up and received most of his art education. Although he went away several times—as a soldier in World War II, on a Fulbright grant to Rome in 1958, and on a Guggenheim Fellowship to Paris from 1962 to 1964—he remained a Chicagoan all his life, and died here in 1981 at the age of 57. Perhaps because he stayed at home this way, his art has an unmistakably domestic and enclosed feeling to it. His is not the imagery of grand ideas that the Abstract Expressionists and Minimalists created. On the contrary, at a time when the dominant esthetic was abstract and heroic, Rosofsky threw himself into genre painting with enormous energy and dedication. His work presents us with a number of scenes from Chicago life.

The part of his output that I find most compelling is the work that depicts people in their houses or apartments engaged in the most ordinary

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