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Thomas Chimes (b. 1921) is one of Philadelphia s most important living artists. Tracing the stylistic evolution of Chimes s idiosyncratic art, this handsome book presents a long overdue survey of his remarkable five decade career: canvases combining landscape imagery with symbols such as crucifixes (late 1950s 60s); mixed media constructions set within finely crafted metal boxes (late 1960s early 1970s); his best known works, a series of 48 intimate sepia toned panel portraits of 19th and 20th century writers and artists that are placed within oversized wood frames (1973 78); and the enigmatic white paintings of the past two decades.The book reveals how Chimes has found inspiration in the writings of Antonin Artaud, James Joyce, and especially Alfred Jarry, the iconoclastic playwright and novelist whose invented Pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions has provided the artist with a seemingly inexhaustible font of imagery. Taylor explores the links between Chimes s work and that of contemporaries such as Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Nancy Spero, as well as important predecessors like Vincent van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp, and fellow Philadelphian Thomas Eakins.
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