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.
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.
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.