Art June, 27 2012

Vivian Maier Vintage Prints – Corbett vs. Dempsey

If you are in Chicago this weekend it would be hard to do better than checking out the Vivian Maier opening at Corbett vs. Dempsey on Friday night. This low key and stylish gallery specializes in unearthing and celebrating under-appreciated artists from the 20th Century (many of them with ties to the big-shouldered city). Maier certainly fits the bill: a professional nanny working on the city’s north side, she led a clandestine life as a photographer.

“She seems to have worked exclusively for herself, never seeking out exhibitions or selling her work,” we are told. “Indeed, a great number of her rolls of film were never developed, suggesting that she shot them in a Zen-like manner, as potentialities rather than as manifestations.” This exhibition comes on the heels of shows in Norway, Germany, England, Holland and elsewhere in the U.S. If that is not lure enough, the gallery sits atop Dusty Groove, one of the best records stores anywhere.