The locations that inspired Fabian Schubert

Fabian Schubert’s ongoing series Painters Portraits features artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek painting within landscapes that have significance in art history. Six photographs from this series are currently on view as part of Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline.

Schubert-numbered copy

Each image is titled after a destination known for having been visited by a famous painter.  We asked Fabian: who exactly painted in the locations of these photographs? and we learned some interesting trivia!

1. At the Herzogstand, 2013
Fabian Schubert: “Franz Marc, a member of the Blue Rider Group (“der Blaue Reiter” in German) painted here on the Herzogstand in the Bavarian Alps.”

2. At the Anse De Rospico, 2013
FS: “This one is dedicated to the ‘School of Pont Aven’ around french artist Paul Gauguin in Bretagne, France.”

3. In the Elbe Sandstone Mountains II, 2014
FS: “Caspar David Friedrich shows the Elb Sandstone Mountains in his painting ‘Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer’ which he painted in his studio and not in plein air.”
See this painting online through Hamburger Kunsthalle’s 19th Century collection.

4. At the beach of Etretat, 2013
FS: “Claude Monet painted exactly in this spot viewing the Manneporte in Étretat, France.”
See this painting online through The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

5. In the Zillertaler Alps I, 2009
FS: “This one is the very first of the series and dedicated only to ourselves.”

6. In the Elbe Sandstone Mountains I, 2014
FS: “C.D. Friedrich [as well], Elb Sandstone Mountains in Saxony, Germany.”

Visit the gallery to see Fabian’s work in person through September 4, 2017.
You can also see more of the artist’s work on his website.


New work from Jack Spencer

Somewhere along the back roads of small towns dotting the American landscape is Jack Spencer, a self-taught photographer, capturing the country and those he finds within it. Throughout his travels, Spencer looks for the unexpected, waiting patiently for images to emerge.

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Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer

Driving through forgotten towns, lush bayous, overgrown cotton fields and visiting weathered porches filled with the sound of authentic country blues, Spencer watches and listens, always looking for that one moment, interaction or ray of light that inspires him to take a picture. His photographs illuminate a singular mood, person or place, exposing us to the raw beauty etched into the faces and landscapes in the South, as he returns time and again to his subjects, peeling away layers, offering us a glimpse at another facet of their character.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 2016 © Jack Spencer

From the moss hanging on Cypress trees in Tomotley, South Carolina, to the crumbling ruins of an old church, or an abandoned tire swing swaying in a humid breeze, Spencer’s work emanates with the heat of a southern summer where everything grows like wildfire and the air feels like an extension of your skin.

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Miscanthus, Iowa, 2008 © Jack Spencer

These are but a few of Spencer’s most notable images from Native Soil, his first monograph, which solidified his place as one of the most gifted photographers working today. Whether photographing people or the landscape, Spencer manages to draw us in, searching for stories in the silhouettes of children on a beach or the haunting eyes of an older man staring directly into the camera. In his latest book This Land; An American Portrait, similar stories are being told. The photographer broadens his scope, invoking imagery from New England cityscapes to coastal towns in California, and most everywhere in between.

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The River Rouge, Dearborn, Michigan, 2016 © Jack Spencer

Whether traveling the roads of Louisiana, New Mexico, or Montana, Jack Spencer is on an endless quest for beauty — to capture small moments and freeze them for all to wander into. It is here, within his images, that we grasp his magic, as each image reveals its own meaning. Spencer is an artist whose vision is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

Natasha Spencer added to the Chicago Project!

We are excited to have a new artist join the Chicago Project: Natasha Spencer! The following are a few of Natasha’s images and her artist statement. You can see more of her work on our website here.

Natasha Spencer

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The Saddest, Little Ghost, 2015 © Natasha Spencer

Natasha Spencer is an interdisciplinary, American artist. Her digital work has screened in film, video, and new media venues across the country and abroad. Her audio piece, “The House She Flew In On”, is included on the compilation CD, “Extracted Celluloid”, produced by Illegal Art, Negativland, and RtMark, and has aired on the John Peel’s Show, Radio 1, BBC, London. In 2002 she was awarded a residency at The Wexner Center for the Arts Video Lab where she completed “The House She Flew In On : The Video” and “Somewhere”. Natasha received a 2004 Fellowship in the Media Arts from the Illinois Arts Council and an Illinois Art Council Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 1999. Additionally, she is archived at the The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Natasha currently works and resides in Chicago, IL.

Visual Improv: When materials in an environment interplay in such a way that they allow everyday scenes to be framed as culture narratives; What went unnoticed is now obvious as a found object. Each photograph is a document of such observation taken without further manipulation on my part, during the comings-and-goings of the day.

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Clownfish Stripes, Postmortem, 2015 © Natasha Spencer


The Chicago Project is an online gallery initiative by Catherine Edelman Gallery, devoted to new and established photographers in the Chicago area, who we feel deserve recognition. It is our hope to expose local talent to a wider audience and we plan on adding photographers as we find them. If you are interested in learning more about the Chicago Project or would like information on how to submit, click HERE.




Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Fabian Schubert

We are thrilled to feature the work of our new Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist Fabian Schubert. Schubert’s images are on view through September 1, 2017

In the Elbe Sandstone Mountains I, 2014 © Fabian Schubert

Fabian Schubert (b. 1974 Krefeld, Germany) lives in Berlin and works as a photo and video artist. His work covers an array of techniques and styles ranging from portrait, landscape and still life photography to fictional and documentary videos; herewith developing individual image concepts for an artistic purpose as well as for editorial and commercial use. He studied Photography and History, Japanese history in Berlin.

In the Zillertaler Alps I, 2009 © Fabian Schubert

Self-Portrait Landscape
The ongoing series Self-Portrait Landscape is collaboration between photographer Fabian Schubert and artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek. It is a conceptual and visual reflection about the picture-in-picture, a painting artist in the picture, a once painted landscape in the picture and a painted pattern of a shirt as a picture. With this series, Schubert and Schmidt in der Beek are seeking out the plein-air locations of Cézanne, C.D. Friedrich, Gauguin, Hockney, Hodler, Kandinsky, Marc, Monet, Münter and others.

At the beach of Etretat, 2013 © Fabian Schubert

Fabian’s website
The Guardian
Huffington Post

It’s Nice That

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.


Final day of Art New York!


We’ve had a great week at Art New York so far. Today is the last day to visit, and if you haven’t come by booth B203, you should – we have so much to show you! We are exhibiting the work of Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Omar Imam, Laurent Millet, Serge Najjar, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Francesco Pergolesi and Gregory Scott. The fair is open until 6 pm EST.




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to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

Art New York presented by Art Miami
Booth B203

Sunday, May 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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