Joyce Pensato: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do / Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago present You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do, its first exhibition of new works by Joyce Pensato. Working largely in black and white, and often with signature images drawn from comics and popular culture, Joyce Pensato is an exuberant expressionist painter. A native Brooklynite, she has lived and worked in the borough for her entire career. Over the last ten years Pensato has slowly but surely garnered an international reputation for her darkly provocative and often poignant paintings.

In this exhibition Corbett vs. Dempsey presents a group of brand new paintings, including images of Groucho Marx and South Park Kenny, as well as a startling new batch of painting collages, a new facet of her oeuvre. These bold and explosive works often begin as splatters from her canvases, migrating onto other surfaces in her studio, which are grafted together into photographic assemblages featuring the likes of Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino. Additionally, specially concocted for Corbett vs. Dempsey, Pensato installed selected elements and splattered sculpture from her studio.

Corbett vs. Dempsey is a gallery specializing in Chicago painting, sculpture, and works on paper from 1940 to 1980, as well as contemporary artists who connect, in fact or in spirit, with these lineages.

Joyce Pensato: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do / Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. October 26, 2012. Video by Francisco Cordero-Oceguera.

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