Painter Molly Zuckerman-Hartung Doesn’t Make Pretty Art

A few words on rebelling against conventional art ideas, from the Ukrainian Village resident headed to the Whitney Biennial in March.

Calif., 2013 Art: Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago/Photo by Tom van Eynde

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung doesn’t make pretty art.

“Every time I see a beautiful painting, I think that [artist] must have a charmed life,” says the 39-year-old Ukrainian Village resident. “My life doesn’t feel like that at all.”

The painter leads her revolt against all things conventional by saturating canvases with bleach, porn, globs of paint, and whatever else turns up the intensity. Before Zuckerman-Hartung heads to New York City in March for the 2014 Whitney Biennial (she is one of 17 Chicago artists tapped for the showcase), the up-and-comer opens her second solo exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey on February 7.



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