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04/04/2014 06:52 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2014

Layers Show

There are at least three strong shows opening tonight in Chicago.

At Zolla/Lieberman, artist, Susanne Doremus has curated a show of mostly abstract, mostly female painters, with stunning examples by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Michelle Grabner, and Judith Geitchman, among others, who gave jewels, and honor Doremus. For me, Zuckerman-Hartung's 'complex and joyous paintings' are a breakthrough. I'm a fan. I wasn't always. Grabner's piece isn't a painting either, per se, but it too, advances what being a painting means.

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Mary Lou Zelazny, who has a piece in the Doremus show, makes large, subtly dimensional works that combine collage and painting to an extent that the layers are almost indiscernible, at Carl Hammer.

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AdventureLand is exhibiting new collages, by Tony Fitzpatrick. Birds are the focal point of the stories they stimulate from the artist's vast and layered life.

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