First Name Basis: Forty Years of Portraits by Dmitry Samarov

Opening: Friday, Aug 21, 2020 7 – 10 pm
Friday, Aug 21 – Oct 18, 2020

2019 N. Damen
Chicago, IL 60647

Opening: Friday, Aug 21, 7 – 10 pm, by appointment only 

Drawing a face is one of the first things a child does. They draw their mother, their father, their brothers, their sisters, their friends. Some find a mirror and try to draw themselves.

Dmitry Samarov has been drawing faces a long time. This show gathers drawings and paintings from the last four decades of his life. Whether done from observation, imagination, memory, or photograph, each is a reckoning with a person’s face—the aspect which sets one apart from every other person, yet also reminds the viewer, to a greater or lesser extent, of everyone else they’ve ever seen. It’s the most particular and universal image there is.

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